All aboard! A new Floating Cinema will be cruising the waterways of East London starting June 2013. The Open Architecture Challenge just unveiled the winning proposal for the 2012 floating theater by Duggan Morris Architects. Entitled “A Strange Cargo of Extra-Ordinary Objects”, the project will act as a mobile venue for cinema-related events and a gathering space for all movie enthusiasts. The theater is part of UP Projects’ ongoing Portavilion program, which is dedicated to creating temporary pavilions throughout London’s parks and public spaces.
The Floating Cinema will be used for on-board screenings, workshops and canal tours, as part of the collaboration between UP Projects and film-maker artist duo Somewhere (Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie).With its quirky name and vibrant colors, the project will suit the new “Extra-Ordinary” Program envisioned to animate the waterways of East London.
Duggan Morris Architects’ proposal was selected from a shortlist of four international practices including Nilsson Pflugfelder (London/Berlin), OBRA (New York/Beijing) and vPPR (London). Nilsson Pflugfelder designed an assemblage of prefabricated elements. Their one-size-fits-all approach resulted in a structure that can be attached to the river bank and transformed to create a maximum of various spatial configurations. OBRA’s proposal is a house-boat whose foldable roof can be transformed into a screen and rotated to face the audience seated on the bank. vPPR’s “Cinescope” is a combination of a kaleidoscope, a periscope and a camera obscura. The project’s main idea is in line with the other shortlisted proposals in terms of transformability – a large pull-up screen changes function and creates a movie screen.