Nothing says ’regeneration’ like a swish new cultural destination. For the up-and-coming London borough of Hackney, this comes in the shape of an ambitious cinema complex. Designed by architecture practice Fletcher Priest, the Hackney Picturehouse has just opened its doors.
The architects have transformed what was once a music venue called Ocean into a state-of-the-art 4,000 sq m venue with four cinema screens. The building also features a café, upper level bars - with sustainable Norwegian wood floors by Kebony - and facilities for community-based organisations. Technical specifications include luxury seating and the best digital, 3D and satellite technology.

Hackney Picturehouse is the latest in a slew of cinematic projects for the architects, including a bespoke auditorium for Nomura at One Angel Lane, as well as the RIBA-award winning Tyneside Cinema.