ole scheeren's floating cinema goes to venice
ole scheeren's floating cinema goes to venice ole scheeren's floating cinema goes to venice
sep 07, 2012

ole scheeren's floating cinema goes to venice

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

floating on a geometric island about fifteen meters from the docks, ole scheeren‘s ‘archipelago cinema’ at the 2012 architecture biennale in venice is a buoyant assembly of protruding and receding floor planes which provide dynamic seating surfaces for a variety of viewing experiences. parallel wood planks compose the walking paths, while the raised platforms show an angled orientation, using the timber members to delineate stationary areas and circulation. edges glow with a soft light, accentuating level changes and outlining seating areas. as a semi-remote site only accessible by boat (or swimming, for the adventurous movie-goers) is serviced by a small bar and restrooms on the opposite end, both under their individual pergola structures.

see designboom’s preview of the ‘archipelago cinema’ in venice here, as well as the floating cinema in thailand.

‘archipelago cinema’ by ole scheeren for the 2012 architecture biennale in venice image © designboom

floating about 15 meters from the docks image © designboom

boats bring visitors to the cinema

image © designboom

raised platforms delineate the seating areas

image © designboom

image © designboom

lights illuminate the edges of the platforms

image © designboom

set within the sea surrounding the arsenale

image © designboom

theater lights illuminate the platforms at night

image © designboom

image © designboom

architect ole scheeren

image © designboom

opening speech by ole scheeren at the floating cinema opening

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
    all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.


    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    architecture news

    keep up with our daily and weekly stories
    502,536 subscribers
    - see sample
    - see sample