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Thailands Floating Cinema

Thailands Floating Cinema

Ole Scheeren’s majestical floating cinema…

Movie theaters capture imaginations of millions around the world everyday, but 4D, 3D, Imax and similar installations aside, no cinema is quite as majestic as the floating cinema nestled in the tropical turquoise waters of Nai Pi Lae lagoon on Kudu Island, Yao Noi, in the Phuket province of Southern-Thailand.

Designed by Beijing-based German architect Ole Scheeren, the Archipelago Cinema was originally created for the “Film on the Rocks Yao Noi” festival, and was made entirely out of recycled materials.

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Archipelago Cinema Designed By Ole Scheeren

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Guests at the Archipelago Floating Cinema Thailand

Image Credit: Ole Scheeren, 2012.

On the evening guests were transported out to the floating raft, clad with comfortable bean bags and seating, and treated to a film experience like no other as they watched on the huge screen set between two limestone peaks.

Each modular section of the cinema was designed for reuse after being dismantled. The parts of cinema have now been donated to the local Yao Noi community – the people who originally helped build the theater – who will continue to use the pieces as a playground and to stage performances.

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Archipelago Floating Cinema


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  1. Floating Cinema Buoys Thailand Film Festival. ABC News, 03/30/2012.
  2. Natt Garun: Thai movie festival features a floating cinema. Digital Trends, 03/30/2012.

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