Location: Burwood Highway, Belgrave VIC
Structural Engineer: TD & C
Owner: Eddie Tamir
Builder: MMD Constructions
Architect: ITN Architects
Precast manufacture & installation: Austral Precast
Photographer: Aidan Halloran, Mike Scully
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HEAD FOR THE HILLS
In the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges, within a whistle of Puffing Billy tourist railway, is the Cameo Cinema, an icon of Melbourne’s independent movie house scene. Opened in 1935, the Cameo has evolved into an eight screen multiplex.
ITN Architects was given the task of adding two new cinemas to the rear, as well as a bar and deck overlooking an outdoor cinema.
The designers chose precast concrete panels for their economy, low maintenance and excellent acoustic properties. The Cameo name is cast in large capital letters into the external panels which have a timber-like and and blast finish.
Difficult site access deterred a number of precasters. However forward planning by Austral Precast’s operations team allowed the panels to be craned in from the side and assembled over a short period.
A precast wall between the new cinemas is clad on one side with studwork and plasterboard to ensure action thrillers don’t intrude on romcoms.
AUSTRAL PRECAST™ CONCRETE PANELS (48 PANELS)
Precast concrete panels are a cost-effective building solution offering quick and easy construction, product customisation, durability, exceptional fire resistance and sound insulation, and high quality.
Colour: Wood- and blast-textured grey (also available in a wide range of finishes)