ole scheeren: archipelago cinema at venice biennale
ole scheeren: archipelago cinema at venice biennale
jul 30, 2012

ole scheeren: archipelago cinema at venice biennale

‘archipelago cinema’ by ole scheeren, venice, italy image © ole scheeren




archipelago cinema‘, the floating, outdoor auditorium designed by beijing-based architect ole scheeren will join the collection of collateral events at the 13th international architecture exhibition in venice, italy. the traveling venue is formed by a modular raft and will be located within the darsena grande of the arsenal, an historic shipyard. the space will serve as a platform for public events as well as hosting the premier of ‘against all rules’, a documentary produced by horst brandenburg, a filmmaker and architecture enthusiast.


his piece will cover the scheeren’s guiding philosophy and introduce a six year time period of the architect’s career involving the design and construction of the CCTV tower in beijing as well as recent projects in bangkok, singapore and kuala lumpur which form new prototypes tto respond to the challenges of the changing world. brandenburg has stated, ‘ole scheeren has come to stand for what architects have to fulfill beyond primary function: a promise, an aim, a dream, or a vision of the future at the beginning of the 21st century’. following the premier, the structure will embark upon an international journey, visiting film festivals around the globe.


see designboom’s coverage of the premier of ‘film on the rocks yao noi’ at the cinema in thailand here.

ole scheeren: archipelago cinema at venice biennale aerial view of the darsena grande of the arsenal image © ole scheeren

ole scheeren: archipelago cinema at venice biennale image © ole scheeren

  • If you are going to a cinema by boat, pretty sure you don’t want to escape until the film is over, and then that boat can return to pick you up again. And no one is stopping you from jumping off of anything in this world, go for a swim if you like! And who needs popcorn when you can have 100 bottles of prosecco?

  • Where are the boats ? And the popcorn ? And if wants to swim, just jump of ?

    Brasil Architect
  • he traps his audience on a raft so they can not escape….?

  • zero originality as he copied himself, out of context, was much better in thailand! poor effort.

  • “he did exactly the same in Thailand”

  • he did exactly the same thing in Thailand.
    what next?

  • Amazing concept for this outside cinema.


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