There Isn't a Better Way to Watch Films Than on This Floating Cinema

By Andrew Tarantola on at

The film itself is only part of the movie-going experience. There's also the smell of fresh popcorn, the hushed murmer of the crowd as the lights go down, the smell of the sea air, the gentle lapping of the waves—wait, what?

Architect Ole Scheeren built the auditorium-raft, dubbed the Archipelago Cinema, as part of Thailand's Film on the Rocks Yao Noi Festival, which ran earlier this month. The Cinema is designed after local lobster farms and constructed from recycled materials. And, at the end of the festival, the floating cinema was dismantled and donated to a local village.

"The thought of watching films here seemed surprising," Scheeren said on his site. "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." [Buros-OS via Fast Co]