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Curzon Bloomsbury refurbishment in London by Takero Shimazaki

Curzon bloomsbury refurb Takero Shimazaki

The Brunswick Centre has always been marred by compromise: a privately financed megastructure designed by Patrick Hodgkinson that was never quite mega enough (it was meant to extend as far as the Euston Road). After a new government upped the compensation owed to the evicted tenants of the former buildings, the developer found it more profitable to sell the dwellings to the council. Though it was supposed to be painted cream in a nod to the Georgian terraces around it, it stayed grey, and for many years it was rather desolate. However, it was listed in 2000, and in 2002 the owners refurbished it. Since then it has thrived. One of the original elements was a cinema, long cherished by fans of independent film but in recent years somewhat dowdy. The Renoir, as it had been known since 1986, is now the Curzon Bloomsbury, and home to six screens rather than four, one of which is dedicated to documentaries. Takero Shimazaki has reorganised the circulation to increase the entrance lobby, bar, event and lounge spaces, a reflection of how cinemas are evolving into destinations with a wide programme beyond film.

Read the Cinemas typology here

Curzon bloomsbury refurb Takero Shimazaki floor plans

Curzon bloomsbury refurb Takero Shimazaki floor plans

Floor plans - from left to right: basement, lower ground, ground

Photographs

Helene Binet