Client: Picturehouse Cinemas LtdStatus:
East Dulwich Picturehouse & Cafe occupies a former Victorian church and schoolhouse and is a three screen (244 seat) art house community cinema, with café/bar, restaurant, conservatory and garden.
Our robust, yet sensitive transformation worked intuitively with the building’s historic fabric, as we strove to reveal and restore its remaining original features, materiality and character. The front of house spaces exploit the building’s most interesting aspects, such as the prominent arched windows in the façade, which directed the way we thought about the circulation.
A dramatic, triple-height foyer was created by removal of part of the first floor, which boasts a gallery space with additional seating and lobby access to screens 2 and 3. A simple contemporary conservatory side extension, opens out onto a courtyard garden at the rear.
To avoid creating generic black box screens, we worked hard to highlight features such as original roof trusses by developing a thin acoustic lining to the underside of the roof – which also met the strict planning conditions controlling noise breakout to the surrounding residential buildings in close proximity.
The resulting East Dulwich Picturehouse & Cafe, is more than a cinema, it is a cultural hub for the whole community. The project was named a Regional Finalist in the Civic Trust Awards 2016 and also helped earn Panter Hudspith the Architect of the Year Award (sports and leisure) in 2016.PhotographyAndy MatthewsPublications
2015BD Online - Panter Hudspith Architects completes cinema revamp AJ Online - Panter Hudspith cuts ribbon on £1.2 million East Dulwich cinema FX Magazine - Client file: Picturehouse Cinemas
2016 Civic Trust Regional Finalist London
2016 NLA Awards Conservation and Retrofit - Commended
2016 AJ Retrofit Awards Leisure - Shortlisted
2016 Architect of the Year Award - Winner (Sports and Leisure)