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The Lexi Cinema and Lexi Hub
by RISE Design Studio

The Lexi Cinema and Lexi Hub by Rise Design Studio
Photo by Henry Woide

Rise Design Studio has completed an environmentally-driven  cinema renovation at a historic site in London, England.

The Lexi Cinema, a former Edwardian theatre, tasked Rise Design Studio with conceptualising a second cinema and bar, titled The Lexi Hub. However, a fire during construction also necessitated a complete refurbishment of the existing cinema.

Located in a residential area, the Lexi Hub required a sensitive design approach. The architects devised a sunken extension, excavating 1.5 meters to lessen its mass.

The extension's visual impact is further diminished by echoing neighbouring parapet rooftops, while a green wildflower roof replaces lost biodiversity and enhances insulation and rainwater drainage.

The Lexi Hub accommodates up to 30 viewers, with a new bar and snack counter and adaptable accessible space for wheelchairs, discussions and events.

This project has been longlisted in the cultural project category of Dezeen Awards 2023.

Studio: Rise Design Studio
Project: The Lexi Cinema and Lexi Hub
Credits: CAR, Enhabit, Omnex Pro Film, Sammy Patterson, Powell Cinema Engineers, NSS Security Solutions, Blashford IT Support, Dan Shea, Munro Acoustics, Quadrant, Capital Building Contractors London, Osprey Building Consultants, Kaspar Bradshaw, Zalacain

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