Thai Floating Movie Theater

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Recently situated in the Nai Pi Lae lagoon off of Thailand’s Kudu Island was a beautiful rendition of a classic American institution that has all but faded away: the drive-in, movie. In this case, it was more of a float-in cinema experience—one designed by Beijing-based architect Ole Scheeren for the final night of the Film on the Rocks Yao Noi Festival. Constructed in a modular fashion from recycled materials, the theater was dismantled and given to the local community to use as a playground and floating stage.

“The thought of watching films here seemed surprising“ Scheeren says of the project. “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.”

Strangely, there is no list of the films screened during the festival—including the finale—on its website, though Tilda Swinton was one of the curators, so we are guessing it was not Weekend at Bernie’s. (architizer)

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