picturehouse central, sohoLocation:
LondonClient: Picturehouse Cinemas LtdStatus:
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. PhotographyJames McDonaldPublications
2015OnOffice Magazine - Offscreen Blue Print Issue 342 Project Picturehouse Central CLADmag and Leisure Management - Panter Hudspith create new Picturehouse Central cinemaWallpaper - West end screening FX Magazine - Client file: Picturehouse CinemasThe Guardian - Picturehouse Cinema expansion could help the silver screen regain its lustre
2016 AJ Retrofit Awards: Leisure - Shortlisted
2016 Restaurant and Bar Design Awards - Shortlisted
2016 Architect of the Year Award - Winner (Sports and Leisure)