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Thailands Floating Cinema

Thailands Floating Cinema

WHY settle for poolside movies when you can watch films in a floating cinema in the middle of the ocean?

Movie enthusiasts from all across the world have recently gathered to attend the “Film on the Rocks Yao Noi” film festival in Thailand. Literally on the rocks, The floating cinema creates a totally unique movie experience set amidst the jagged shoreline of Yao Noi. Combining the rugged natural beauty mother nature with the clear blue waters of Nai Pi Lae lagoon on Kudu Island, the German architect behind the project ‘Ole Scheeren’ hoped to offer film buffs a spiritual experience.

The projection screen was nestled between the majestic peaks backdrop of a huge wall of rocks.

Inspired by the construction of floating lobster farms, the Archipelago Cinema was crafted out of wooden frames tied to foam blocks with rubber straps and then wrapped in Mosquito nets. A simple construction technique developed by the local Thais.

Event attendees were transported by boat to their floating seats in the “Archipelago Cinema” built on a large raft out of recycled materials.
Scheeren described the project on 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. Or maybe something more architectural: modular pieces, loosely assembled, like a group of little islands that congregate to form an auditorium.”

Archipelago Cinema is a collaboration between Ole Scheeren and the Film on the Rocks Yao Noi Foundation which is presided by Nat Sarasas, Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Chomwan Weeraworawit.

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Buro Ole Scheeren
Unit 1006, Building A, Jianwai SOHO
39 Dongsanhuan ZhongLu
Chaoyang District, Beijing 100022 P.R.C
T: +86 10 59001989

Hong Kong

Buro Ole Scheeren
Unit 2207-9, Tower 2
Lippo Center
89 Queensway, Admiralty
Hong Kong
T: +852 2530 8870

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