Hackney Picture House

Location Hackney, London
Services Building services and fire engineering and lighting design 
Sector Lifestyle 
Client City Screen Limited
Architect Fletcher Priest Architects
Imagery © Fletcher Priest Architects

Steve Cook

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The conversion of a music venue into an art house cinema was part of the plans to regenerate Hackney. The new facility provides a four-screen cinema, creating a 550-seat venue.

The fire strategy prepared was based on retaining as much of the existing escape arrangements as possible, thereby minimising the requirement for additional fire compartmentation and structural works.

The existing picture house included a theatre and a series of smaller cinemas. The interior design whilst relatively new was quite dated and gave the space more of a night club feel. The lighting design brief was to create a landmark building façade whilst respecting the grade listing and create a brighter and fresher yet cinematic feel internally.

Externally the grade listing limited what could be fixed to the façade and their location. Equally a study into the ambient lighting in the area found that a high level of spill light onto the façade existed from both the street lighting and from the surrounding buildings. The external lighting design therefore focused on using a crisp white colour compared with the ambient white and this was used specifically for the façade signage and entrance only. With only the key features identified the façade had a strong identity in the streetscape clutter.

Internally the architecture exposed the raw building materials where possible and selected appropriate finishes where required for acoustic and performance space functionality. Each individual space had a new identity and the lighting design complemented the feel of each. Crude galvanised lighting where the concrete structure had been exposed and elegant pendants and feature panel lighting in the break out space where a calmer and more refined palette of materials had been used.

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