In May 2012, UP Projects announced an open call architecture competition to find a new team of architects to design a brand new Floating Cinema which has since become a permanent fixture on the waterways of London and behond.
Duggan Morris Architects’ winning design ‘A Strange Cargo of Extra-Ordinary Objects’ is inspired by the intensely rich industrial heritage of the Lea Valley. The two ‘strange domestic cargoes’ that float above the waterline frame a central square which forms an outdoor ‘public square’. The cinema auditorium is a finely crafted semi translucent box that illuminates from within.
The new design features a bespoke audio-visual system designed by The Useful Arts Organisation which includes a 24-hour webcam that links to the project website, high-end projection equipment, and broadcasting capabilities to stream events and screenings live to the Floating Cinema online audience.
The boat is powered by a Hybrid Marine engine system that will run on Bio Fuel.
Duggan Morris Architects’ design has won the Judges’ Special Recognition Award at the 2013 Architectural Review Future Projects Awards.
The Floating Cinema was built at Turks Shipyard in the Historic Docks in Chatham, Kent.