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Arrive at 3.45pm for a 4pm site tour - approx finish 5pm. Complementary drinks and canapes on site from 5pm.

Free Event

The Victorian Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects and BlueScope Steel would like to invite you to guided tour of The Cinema Complex at District Docklands by NH Architecture - 2019 Colorbond® steel Award for Steel Architecture winner.

Tour will be led by Nick Hubicki, Peck Tam & Sergey Pochevskiy of NH Architecture.

The new Entertainment complex in the Docklands’ Village precinct is a multi-cinema and mixed-use structure on a spatially – and programmatically – challenging site. The project – beneath The Melbourne Star Wheel – exists within a nebula of existing vertical infrastructure, elevated walkways and contiguous structures.

An important component of the brief was that the project should rejuvenate the existing complex. The question, then, was how can a building of this scale, programme and modest budget become transformative within its environment? Hardcoding briefed areas became as important as exploiting residual areas for new adjunct programmes, such as outdoor seating areas, softscape opportunities, and critically, an urban circus that used existing infrastructure to provide new amenity. The site’s spatial and geometric difficulties proved to be beneficial to this conceptual approach.

Using both the colour and material schemes of Costco and the wheel, the project seeks to enter chromatic and material dialogue with these two structures.

The 2019 Colorbond® steel Awards Jury write;

Located at the Docklands in Melbourne, the Cinema Complex uses customised pleated Zincalume® steel roofing material as wall cladding to give the large program volume distinction amongst the neighbouring volumes such as Costco and the Waterfront mall, that characterise the Docklands. Utilising a roofing product for wall cladding takes the shed typology typical of the Docklands and reinterprets it as vertical rather than horizontal roofing. The vertical application of the sheet avoids the necessity for joints, allowing the panels to span the full height of the structure.

These buildings are difficult to innovate as their programmatic elements are so large and restrictive. NH Architecture is to be commended in understanding how the public might interact with the scale of the volume and for working a bold singular material idea that softens the public approach as it directs them towards the cinema.

Ticket Costs
Free to all members



Australian Institute of Architects
Victorian Chapter
Level 1, 41 Exhibition Street Melbourne
T: 03 8620 3866 
E: vic@architecture.com.au



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