A Thai film festival created a floating cinema among the iconic rock formations in Phuket, Thailand, for its recent screenings complete with professional quality projector and floating screen.
The Film on the Rocks Yao Noi Festival wanted to take advantage of its spectacular nearby setting – which draws thousands of tourists every year and has featured in many major films including The Beach – so commissioned German architect Ole Scheeren to create the temporary cinema.
The creation saw the projector screen positioned between two of the towering rock formations, with a floating platform in front of it, accommodating luxury seating for the viewers and the high-quality projection equipment.
Writing on the project on his website, Scheeren said that the project was an impressive use of the area and was constructed entirely out of recycled materials.
“The thought of watching films here seemed surprising: a screen, nestled somewhere between the rocks. 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,” he wrote. “A landscape of pieces playfully joined together. A sense of temporality, randomness. Almost like drift wood. Or maybe something more architectural.”
The floating cinema has since been dismantled and relocated to the main land, where it has been donated to the Yao Noi community.