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mlk design delivered the construction of Pivot Cinema from inception to completion with the utmost care, consideration & attention to detail. The project was a resounding success and exceeded expectations: even when faced with the myriad challenges of converting a former warehouse space into a luxurious cinema.


The plan to build a cinema from scratch was a challenging proposition: finding the right space to house the auditorium within the confines of existing premises took a careful approach to design & one that was intricately pursued by mlk design. Through careful consideration and frequent on-site and personal contact, mlk design realised the scope of this project’s cultural and aesthetic importance. The cinema incorporates warm industrial finishes with subtle nods to art deco cinema traditions, without being obtrusive or garish; achieving an outstanding aesthetic that was so crucial to the high quality pastiche that we’d conceived.


mlk design delivered this Design-Build far beyond expectations.

Mark Walker, PIVOTONIAN Cinema

Puya came on board the design team for our future home after we received the VCAT ruling for the design.

We required significant changes to the VCAT approved floorplans. Puya managed the design development process to address all the changes and requirements with outstanding rigour and attention to detail. Puya helped us feel heard, taking our needs into consideration and through an extensive process of several months he facilitated shaping the new layout to what we were happy with.

His interpersonal skills are commendable and his design skills admirable. We would have no hesitation recommending him for a design commission.

Rachel & Mark Grimshaw

Puya Malek was the project architect for the design of our home. From the very first session with Puya, we found him to be personable and trustworthy and of a cheerful and positive disposition. He understood our brief exceptionally well and translated that into an amazing design that we were extremely happy with. His hands-on approach to design also helped us understand the spatial arrangement and aided us visualise the design intent of the house. His technical abilities were also spot on as the drawings and renders he provided were excellent and of highest quality.

At every step of the project, Puya made us feel understood and took every bit of our needs and requests into consideration. We couldn’t have asked for a better project architect and would highly recommend him!

Krissy & Jason Solomon

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