This might just be one of the coolest cinemas ever!
Designed by Beijing-based architect Buro Ole Scheeren, the floating Archipelago Cinema, took its construction cue from techniques used by fishermen for floating lobster farms.
The architect described the inspiration behind the project stating:
Local fishermen farm lobsters on rafts. Wooden frames are tied by rubber straps to foam blocks wrapped in mosquito nets. A simple construction. A local technique. Adopted to build the floating cinema. Recycled wood and materials. Reusable modularity of the raft. Assembled, disassembled. Reconfigured, reused. After the screening, it will go back to the local community. As a stage, a playground. As an event platform, an assembly space. As something that belongs to them, that was merely borrowed. As something, that is flexible, that can be towed anywhere. And as something that can appear, from time to time, to host a few people watching movies.
The cinema was built for the inaugural edition of Thailand’s Film on the Rocks Yao Noi Festival curated by actress Tilda Swinton. On the final night of the festival, guests were taken by boat to arrive on a glowing raft in the middle of the quiet waters of Nai Pi Lae lagoon on Kudu Island. We can only imagine how spectacular it must have been!