Interior Design: Nova Cinemas

Sep 7, 2010
  • Article by Online Editor
  • Photography by Aidan Halloran
  • Designer ITN architects

Four new cinemas were added to the existing arthouse complex in Carlton, bringing the total to 15.

The design draws inspiration from the golden era of film and cinema construction, from the 1930s to the 1940s. The deco era’s interest in abstracted geometric patterning, sunburst and chevron shapes, as well as their concurrent interest in neo-classical styling have been re-interpreted.

The cinemas continue the Nova tradition of making each cinema unique, with one abstracting the deco sunburst design, and another playing with another deco obsession in circular geometry. The other two are more literally like old film sets- a colonnaded library and a bamboo forest ready for the next period drama or Tarzan movie.

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