Archipelago Floating Cinema

One year ago this amazing floating cinema premiered as part of a new film festival in Thailand that was curated by Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Tilda Swinton. This impressive project was named the The Archipelago Cinema.  Built in the middle of the water the platform provided breathtaking views from every angle which included two towering rocks emerging from the ocean. 

The Archipelago Cinema was designed by German born and Beijing-based architect Ole Scheeren, and the film festival was organized by Film on the Rocks Yao Noi. Guests of the event were escorted out to sea by a boat during the darkness of the night in the beautiful waters of the Nai of Pi Lae lagoon on Kudu Island after which they enjoyed the films on the heave of the water.

Scheeren described the project rather poetically as:

A screen, nestled somewhere between the rocks. And the audience, floating, hovering above the sea, somewhere in the middle of this incredible space of the lagoon, focused on the moving images across the water: a sense of temporality, randomness, almost like driftwood.”

In the project Scheerer incorperated Thai building practices like the gleaning techniques used by local fishermen to construct floating lobster farms. Furthermore, the cinema was crafted out of recycled materials and had a modular construction allowing flexibility and future reuse.

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