Cinema, Didcot

A new cinema building and two associated urban public spaces were proposed for Didcot town centre.

The larger square is positioned adjacent to the existing cultural centre and is orientated to maximise daylight. In hot weather the square operates as a sheltered and sunny terrace for the cultural centre’s café. This maximises the occupation of the square during the day. A smaller square sits alongside this main area, in front of the cinema. In contrast, this public space is occupied mostly as night. It is artificially lit by the café building, cinema signage and facade installation.

The facade of the cinema provides a bold focal point for this civic gathering space. The design draws the cinema theme to the external fabric of the building, using projected images of the café cast onto the facade in an abstracted grid formation. The community life of the city itself becomes a cinematic event.