Watching a movie while drifting on water is not an experience many have savored. Don’t think such a notion has even crossed anyone’s mind before. But the artistry and profound imagination of Ole Scheeren has turned this whim into actuality. Shown above is a magnificent auditorium floating on a raft. The breathtaking assembly stages a rather rare movie going experience. The amazing design, dubbed as Archipelago Cinema, is the mutual effort of Film on the Rocks Yao Noi Foundation and Ole Scheeren. The structure was built for the ongoing film festival in Thailand.
Instead of tight walls, sleek ambiance and murmur of a crowd, oceanic air and rippling waves greet you. The film in here was broadcasted in the middle of rocky walls and a beachy backdrop. The setting pieces in a circular porous enclosure, small rocks and moving images across the water. A boat takes you to the water bound movie theater. The theater is actually located on a serene lagoon. The calm stillness around definitely adds to the ambiance of this unique theater. The structure takes inspiration from the design of a floating lobster farm and becomes a floating island that houses a theater.
Not only is this a rare and exclusive idea, the structure is also sustainable. The entire layout was built with modular parts and recycled materials. As the structure was temporary, it was dismantled after the screening. Moreover, all the pieces used to build the structure were shipped to the community instead of being discarded. Thus, they can be used for construction of other structures, which only adds to the green quotient of the building.