Competition Shortlist: 'Animated Cinema City' - Annecy, France

We are delighted to have been shortlisted in an international design competition to create an ‘Animated Cinema City’, to be home to the globally renowned Annecy International Animation Film Festival, in the heart of Annecy, France – known as the ‘Venice of the Alps’.

The brief called for the transformation of the 6,500m², listed 19th-century site – currently comprised of cottages and stables, and known as Le Haras – into a cultural and social hub at the heart of the city, with the objective to provide lively, welcoming and open facilities and spaces for residents and visitors alike. These include spaces for cinema, a gallery, and a centre of gastronomy and local produce, in addition to an enhanced 2.5-hectare park.

Of the 113 entries, Stanton Williams is one of only three shortlisted teams, alongside Devaux & Devaux, and Bernard Desmoulin + Soria. Stanton Williams is also the only international practice to be shortlisted.

Stanton Williams’ recent projects include the transformation of public spaces and the Linbury Theatre at the Royal Opera House in London, and the creation of the new Albukhary Foundation Gallery of the Islamic World at the British Museum.