the entire building, including the 1970s almost retro-chic library,administrative offices and classrooms with robust furniture which Kalliessays 'you could fight a war with'. Budget cuts turned it into just creating anew cinema and café. One suggestion was to locate them in thebasement, but Westminster planners turned down a glass rear extension,and in any case extra structural work added prohibitively to the cost.Consequently the project settled on the ground floor with remodelling ofthe basement, largely to move air handling units to the front vaults andmake space for a couple of lecture rooms.For Blauel, the crucial point was to open a clear route from the entranceand the environment of Exhibition Road to the rear, an attractive terraceoverlooking Imperial College's garden. Interwoven with this was a wish toavoid an unduly 'boxlike' character on the ground floor, caused by overlyprominent acoustic lobbies. The solution is a new opening under thestairs, leading to a lobby and the terrace or, to the right, the cinema. With92 raked seats which can fold away, or over100 in a flat layout, it isperhaps, as Blauel calls it, 'a multi-purpose room with an emphasis onfilm'. Having had advice from John Chapman, who also helped with thecinema at Tate Modern, it can take cinemascope projection, and Kallieshopes it will be used as a venue for the London Film Festival.With the cinema now approached from the lobby beyond the entrance,the new café has its own entrance off Exhibition Road, and no longerserves as a foyer for the cinema. After discussions with German breweriesfell through, Café Organic will occupy the space, with a fit out by its housearchitect, Robert O'Hara. So no specifically German food but, hopesKallies, 'a German accent'.
Lighting by Erco, stainless steel mesh by GKD.Fibracoustic panels by AMF. Suntex sliding sun panels from FlydorProducts, blackout blinds by Luxaflex. Sliding gear by Haefele.Suspended tubular ceiling by SAS Internatinal. Parquet flooring byBauwerk, Haltopex trowelled resin flooring by Lasar Contracts, entrancematting from Jaymart and Emco. Doors by Shadboldt, ironmongery by Allgood. Compact laminate from Decra Plastics. Acoustic metal louvres byNaco Air Diffusion. Cinema seating by Auditoria Services.