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- Begun: Apr 2013
- Completed: Jul 2013
- Floor area: 22m2
- Sector: Arts and culture
- Total cost: £60,000
- Funding: UP Projects, supported by The Legacy List with corporate partner Bloomberg
- Tender date: Mar 2013
- Procurement: Open competition
- Address: London's waterways, London, United Kingdom
- Architect: Duggan Morris Architects
- Client: UP Projects, The Legacy List, Bloomberg
- Services consultant: Skelly & Couch
- Structural engineer: Price & Myers
- Quantity surveyor: Appleyard & Trew
- Boat Builder: Turks Boatyard
- Artists & Filmaker: Somewhere
- Graphic Design: Modern Activity
- Marine Engineer: Tony Tucker
- Technology Consultant: The Useful Arts Organisation
Floating cinema designed to host a programme of on-board screenings, quirky canal tours, talks and workshops over the summer of 2013/14
In 2012 Duggan Morris Architects won an open international design competition, run by UP Projects and in partnership with the Architecture Foundation, to design the new 2013 Floating Cinema for London’s waterways. The project was launched in the summer with a design that embodies the 2013 theme of ‘Extra-Ordinary’ and hosted a programme of on-board screenings, quirky canal tours, talks and workshops.
Duggan Morris Architect’s proposal ‘A Strange Cargo of Extra-Ordinary Objects’, inspired by the rich cultural and industrial legacy of the Lee Valley, was developed to produce a robust and practical, as well as highly inventive and imaginative, response to the brief.
A completely new boat was built that incorporated a finely crafted semi translucent box illuminating across the landscape that was inspired by the sumptuous ribbed forms of London’s old art deco cinema interiors. A telescopic pole houses the external projector for outdoor events.