picturehouse central, soho

Location: London
Client: Picturehouse Cinemas Ltd
Status: Completed 2015

The listed buildings of the Trocadero complex have stood at the heart of London’s entertainment district, the West End, for over a century. Yet the structure was altered extensively and unsympathetically during the 1980s and the decades that followed.

Our client, Picturehouse Cinemas Ltd, challenged us to undertake a major restoration and reworking of the buildings including an existing redundant cinema within the complex. The aim was to create their flagship cinema, ‘Picturehouse Central’ and our approach was to strip back the historic layers of the structure and weave new spaces into the building.

Our scheme comprises a first floor restaurant and bar areas accessed by a dramatic double-height foyer with ground floor cafe. A new, exclusive members' bar and roof terrace spans three floors of the upper levels, offering panoramic views over London.

The restoration is an extensive upgrade of the auditoria, including larger screens, luxurious seating, improved sight-lines, state-of-art sound systems, and a bespoke grand curtain in Screen One.

The restoration is complimented by interior and lighting design by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio throughout the space, which helps create a fitting flagship for Picturehouse Cinemas.

Photography
James McDonald

Publications
2015
OnOffice Magazine - Offscreen
Blue Print Issue 342 Project Picturehouse Central
CLADmag and Leisure Management - Panter Hudspith create new Picturehouse Central cinema
Wallpaper - West end screening
FX Magazine - Client file: Picturehouse Cinemas
The Guardian - Picturehouse Cinema expansion could help the silver screen regain its lustre
 
Awards
2016 AJ Retrofit Awards: Leisure - Shortlisted
2016 Restaurant and Bar Design Awards - Shortlisted
2016 Architect of the Year Award - Winner (Sports and Leisure)
 
illustrative site plan
newly refurbished colonnade guides visitors to the entrance with views to the cafe space beyond
ground floor cafe
removing part of the original structure allows for a grand staircase to be inserted
the re-tiered main screen boasts dolby atmos sound and a luxurious stage curtain
exposed services and brickwork in the bar is offset with bold statement furniture
trocadero's 1980's decaying interiors prior to the redevelopment
these original murals by artists Patrick Vale & Paul Davis depict the history of cinema
view down the grand staircase with the bespoke light installation