Is This the World's Coolest Place to Watch a Movie?

Is This the World's Coolest Place to Watch a Movie?

Mar 28, 2012

Beijing-based architect Ole Scheeren recently constructed the Archipelago Cinema — an incredible, floating auditorium complete with theatrical screen set in the middle of the Nai Pi Lae lagoon on Kudu Island. And it's recyclable! The buoyant cinema was unveiled for Thailand's Film on the Rocks Yao Noi Festival earlier this month (which was co-curated by Tilda Swinton). Scheeren modeled his movie island after the local lobster farms. Post festival, the entire setup was dismantled and donated to the village where it was built for use as a playground and — if the movie bug ever bites them again — its intended use, a theater.

"The thought of watching films here seemed surprising," Scheeren said of his invention. "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." The designer also created Marfa Drive: a site-specific theater modeled after a classic drive-in, situated in the middle of the Texas desert. Clearly Scheeren is no stranger to fantasy theater scenarios. Next stop: our place? Please? [via Gizmodo]

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