Design Candy

Cineplex Brisbane, Australia


Brisbane, Australia


Buchan’s design transformed an old, dilapidated Brisbane cottage to form the heart of a new entertainment and retail hub called the Hawthorne Deluxe Precinct.

The development boasts a new cinema offering 64 deluxe seats, a state-of-the-art sound and projection system, and a kitchen and bar. The precinct also hosts two new restaurants on the building’s ground floor.

The precinct is designed to reflect the characteristics of the complex’s architectural surroundings, tapping into the suburb’s pre-1900 ambiance. The primary vision for the project is to create a precinct that captures and respects the characteristics of the area’s surrounding fabric and community. The refurbishment echoes the original design of the site through the use of wood and metal trimmings with exposed steel, brick work and concrete.

The ground floor restaurant tenancy features spotted gum timber bench tops, exposed brickwork, vertical folding windows and doors and polished concrete floors. The first floor features new spotted gum timber seating, new lattice type period balustrades and frieze to an existing balcony to complement the age and period of the cottage.

It’s a modern movie going experience tied in with the romance of yesteryear.


  • Client /Cineplex
  • Discipline /AR. ID. BX
  • Sector /Retail
  • Region /Australia