New Coming Cinema for the Children

2018-04-17 16:36:15

Cinemaxx / DP Architects

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Redefining the movie-going experience in Asia

Cinemaxx Junior is the first cinema of its kind in Asia and breaks new ground in the typology, offering a blended experience of visual and physical entertainment for children and their families in fun and cheerful surroundings. The concept of Cinemaxx Junior arose from the observation that families with young children often do not fully enjoy their first experiences together at the movies, where silence is expected and parents spend more time attending to their children than paying attention to what is happening on screen. This created a unique opportunity to custom-design a space dedicated to children aged 3 to 10 and their families, by bringing together the two enjoyable activities of movie- watching and playing in a cohesively-designed environment.

Entrance to Cinemaxx Junior


Breaking new ground in family entertainment – “Double the Joy, Triple the Fun”

The concept of Cinemaxx Junior is both innovative and exciting – In a distinct departure from the traditional movie-going experience, Cinemaxx Junior redefines and expands on the movie experience by offering patrons the freedom to move around at will – children are not constrained to assigned seats, but are instead encouraged to explore the play and screening areas while interacting and socialising with other children in a fun and safe environment. With the play element fully integrated with the movie experience, parents and guardians no longer have to worry that their child would disturb other visitors, which exponentially increases their enjoyment of the space as well.

Enjoying movies in Asia's first kids-friendly cinema integrated with a playground



Facilitate family bonding

In today’s urban environment, especially in Asia where many families are dual-income, bonding time with their children is a precious commodity to many parents. In response to this trend, Cinemaxx Junior has been designed as a holistic concept seamlessly integrating two separate recreational functions into one enriched experience where “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts”. Where it is not always possible to carve out the time for full day outings, the space has been designed to accommodate manageable 3-hour blocks for users, offering a full hour of play time in the play area before the film starts in the screening area, after which children are free to move between the two areas. Special meal options for children are also offered, rounding off a memorable and fulfilling experience.

screening area


Play area



on-linear Circulation Design

Upon entering the gate, children will enter a veritable garden of colour and delight. Appealing to the eyes and senses, there is no linear set path to enjoy the space – a child can choose to slide, climb, crawl, jump, swing from place to place or just spin lazily in a cocoon-shaped spinner.

A child can choose to slide, climb, crawl, jump, swing from place to place


 Quiet time in the Cocoon Spinner


There are also multiple points of entry into the screening area from the play area, and a variety of ways to reach them. One of the most exciting ways to enter would be to climb up the yellow ‘Wall- o-lla’ to reach the tube slide, which lets children slide into a colourful ball pit right below the movie screen.

Wall-o-lla with tube slide connection to screening area with regular entrance door below


Given the high ceiling of the play area, the design optimised the opportunity to create multi-level experiences by introducing a mezzanine level and a bridge structure that serves as support for the climbing tree and connects to one of the entrances to the screening area.

Wall-o-llaWall-o-lla at Mezzanine Floor


Children preparing to slide into the screening area through the interconnected Wall-o-lla


The bridge also leads to the longest of the 4 tube slides, mounted on a wall right within the screening area. The progressive approach to play and emphasis on tactility and social interaction fully immerse children in the space while the non-directional circulation and programmatic paths encourage freedom of expression and independent thought, leading to new experiences.


Customised Design – Designed with Purpose

The cinema accommodates 106 people at full capacity, translating to approximately 30 families per session. The seating configuration was specially designed to appeal to a child’s sensibilities, with four types of seats upholstered in stain-resistant vinyl fabrics in bright and vibrant colours. The seating design encourages informality, with bean bags, loungers, sofa beds and standard cinema seats. The non-conventional seats were also designed to foster parent-child bonding where, for example, parent and child could choose to cuddle at the beanbags while watching the movie, much like how a parent would cuddle their child while telling them bed-time stories at home.

Seats are specially customised in various colourful ways to appeal to young children and their families


Extensive thought was put into the selection and design of the diverse range of play equipment to achieve a good balance of high physicality and low-impact activities for children to choose from. The design of the washrooms was also catered for children, with majority of the fixtures installed at child- friendly heights, and spacious nursing and changing facilities are also provided.


Lighting, Sound and Safety Design

Comprehensive and in-depth consideration was given to the design in terms of function, aesthetics, range of play equipment and lighting, with safety at the forefront so as to provide a fun diverse environment for children to enjoy while giving parents peace of mind. Considering the high level of activity expected in the screening area, lighting and sound design had to cater for this very different scenario with a general increase in illumination and decreased volume levels. Specifically, special attention was paid to address safety concerns and ensure optimal viewing conditions. Indirect lighting was also incorporated into the padded wall panelling in the form of whimsical lollipop-like trees to provide a diffused glow along the platform steps. Generous leg room provided along each platform allowed for a safe passageway for running children.

Indirect lighting was also incorporated into the padded wall panelling in the form of whimsical lollipop-like trees to provide a diffused glow along the platform steps


In the play area’s layered ceiling feature panels, a mixture of diffused cove lighting, wide-angle downlights and non-directional track-lighting were used to avoid excessive glare while maintaining a dynamic lighting atmosphere within the space.

Cloud' feature ceiling


Cinema Junior is without doubt much more than its prescribed function of a playground and a cinema; the seamless and skillful blending of the two results in a celebration of family and togetherness, and redefines the movie experience amidst a chorus of children’s joyous laughter.

Floor Plan



Annotated Plan of Spaces inside Cinemaxx Junior


Project Credits

Year of Completion : 2016

Area: 750 sqm

Client: PT Cinemaxx Global Pasifik

Interior Design: DP Design Pte Ltd

Project Team Members: Mike Lim, Leong Wei Lin, Dessy Budhianto, Florian Lei Bautista, Faye Lee, Calliope Lee, Riri Damayanti, Truong Tuan Phuong

Playground Supplier: Playpoint Singapore Pte Ltd




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