The cinema experience has evolved beyond a mere escape from reality for modern audiences; it now serves to validate our perception of the world. The cinema theatre within Ahmednagar Mall has reimagined the traditional notion of a theater lobby by skillfully merging contemporary design with the essence of the majestic Pemgiri Banyan tree. This fusion results in a space that seamlessly combines aesthetic allure with conceptual depth.

Project Name: Alluring lobby of a “Connplex” cinema theatre in Ahmednagar’s
Office Name:  Tres Atelier
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Firm Location: Ahmednagar, India
Completion Year: 2023
Gross Built Area (m2/ ft2): 3000 ft2
Project Location: Kohinoor Mall, Ahmednagar
Program / Use / Building Function: Lobby of Cinema Theatre
Lead Architects: Suchit Mutha, Mandar Khele
Photo Credits: Indrajit Patil  

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Stepping into the lobby, visitors are greeted by a contemporary atmosphere that pays homage to the tranquility of the natural world. Walls adorned in a sophisticated spectrum of calming blues evoke a sense of serenity. The expert interplay between matte and glossy surfaces within the lobby generates an expansive illusion, enticing guests to engage with and immerse themselves in their surroundings.

Thoughtfully placed ambient lighting fixtures cast a warm, inviting radiance that envelops the space. This deliberate lighting scheme not only enhances the visual appeal but also fosters an inviting ambiance, allowing patrons to unwind before commencing their cinematic venture.

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However, the true focal point of the lobby resides above—a breathtaking chandelier inspired by the intricate branches of the Pemgiri Banyan tree. Fashioned from interwoven pipes, this chandelier exudes modern elegance while captivating attention, infusing an air of sophistication into the overall aesthetic. It stands as a testament that nature’s allure can be harmoniously woven into contemporary settings.

Positioned at the heart of the lobby is an oval-shaped F&B area, strategically situated for convenient access to refreshments. This design decision not only ensures ease for moviegoers but also draws inspiration from the sprawling canopy of the banyan tree. The oval configuration encourages gatherings, inviting visitors to socialize, enjoy delectable meals, or relish a quick snack prior to or following their cinematic experience.

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The materials employed in the lobby’s construction have been meticulously chosen to forge a connection between the indoor space and the natural environment. Panels made from High-Density High Moisture Resistance (HDHMR) materials infuse a modern touch while echoing the natural world. Strategically positioned mirrors foster a sense of depth and amplify the spatial perception, reflecting the enchanting ambiance. The purposeful inclusion of stone elements further solidifies the link to nature, serving as a reminder of its profound influence on human existence.


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