Although much has changed after the first moving picture was screened in the UK back in 1896, the cinema has remained a special place where people from all walks of life can go to be amused, amazed and astounded. In its design for the new Cineworld multiplex in Whiteley, Corstorphine + Wright Architects expressed these emotions with a technicolour façade utilising Rockpanel products.
According to project architect Richard Wagenhauser, creating balance was key. He wanted to follow the contemporary theme established in the town centre of Fareham, but at the same time he was looking to create something unique: “We wanted to differentiate the multiplex building, and the spaces associated with it, from the general thoroughfare. Cinemas are internal spaces and so the presence of glazing is limited to the foyer spaces at most. This presented an opportunity to clad an expanse of solid wall in a way that avoids the ‘blank grey box’ that has been a common feature of many multiplex cinemas.”