Carmody Groarke has refurbished the British Film Institute’s house on the South Bank in London, with an illuminated new entrance canopy and revamped interior.

The new riverfront entrance is developed to draw higher interest to the BFI Southbank’s restaurant, bar and cinemas below Waterloo Bridge.

Carmody Groarke added a large entrance canopy to the constructing, which stretches the complete width of the bridge and cantilevers out from below it at either finish.

“This transformation has revitalised the BFI’s identity, which has recessed in current years, and enhanced the visibility of the BFI’s offer you, proudly reconfirming its spot as a single of the national cultural institutions on the South Bank,” mentioned the studio.

New entrance for BFI Southbank by Carmody Groarke
Photo is by Carmody Groarke

According to the studio, the new entrance to the heritage-listed constructing requires its design and style cues from the original National Film Theatre, which opened on the South Bank in 1957, along with standard cinema signage.

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“This lateral pavilion, which echoes the appear of a classic illuminated cinema leading sign, not only radically improves the visibility of BFI Southbank but also creates a new elevated public terrace from which to view the South Bank,” mentioned Carmody Groarke.

New entrance for BFI Southbank by Carmody Groarke
Photo is by Carmody Groarke

Produced from cast fibreglass, the canopy can be illuminated at evening to additional improve the building’s visibility. It can be programmed to change colour based on the films displaying in the cinemas.

Beneath the canopy, BFI Southbank’s restaurant and bar open out onto the street through significant sliding doors.

New entrance for BFI Southbank by Carmody Groarke

Each the restaurant and bar have been completely refurbished, with a circular oculus reduce at the centre of the space to give views of the underside of the bridge.

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On the very first floor, the back-of-home offices have been removed to make way for a significant events space, which sits straight beneath the concrete structure of Waterloo Bridge.

This occasion space opens out onto a balcony that has been constructed into the entrance canopy.

New entrance for BFI Southbank by Carmody Groarke

Carmody Groarke hope that the renovation will reestablish the BFI as a single of the key cultural buildings on the South Bank.

“By reflecting the BFI’s position as the UK’s lead organisation for film and tv, house of the national collection and a single of the country’s most prominent arts institutions, the refurbishment sets out to produce a distinctive spot that is a very important component of the South Bank’s vibrant surroundings, while also re-establishing its connection with the bridge and building a stronger connection with the riverside,” explained the studio.

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New entrance for BFI Southbank by Carmody Groarke
Photo is by Carmody Groarke

BFI Southbank is a single of a number of cultural buildings constructed on the south bank of the River Thames throughout, or following, the Festival of Britain in 1951.

Original named the National Film Theatre, it occupied a short-term constructing throughout the festival just before getting a permanent house below Waterloo Bridge – involving the National Theatre and Southbank Centre – in 1957. Following an enlargement and renovation in 2007, it was renamed BFI Southbank.

London-based Carmody Groarke was founded in 2006 by Kevin Carmody and Andy Groarke. The practice has previously renovated the Members’ Space at the V&ampA and a boat museum on the shore of Windermere.

Photography is by Luke Hayes, unless stated.


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