Archipelago Cinema / Buro Ole Scheeren + Film on the​ Rocks Yao Noi Foundation

© Piyatat Hemmatat

Architect: Buro Ole Scheeren + Film on the Rocks Yao Noi
Location: Kudu Island,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Doug Bruce, Film on the Rocks Yao Noi Foundation, Piyatat Hemmatat, Sixtysix Visual

Courtesy of Film on the Rocks Yao Noi Foundation

The final night of the first edition of Film on the Rocks Yao Noi took place on Archipelago Cinema, designed by German-born and Beijing-based architect Ole Scheeren. Guests were taken by boat through the darkness of the sea to arrive on a glowing raft in the middle of the quiet waters of Nai Pi Lae lagoon on Kudu Island. Surrounded by a dramatic landscape of towering rocks emerging from the ocean, the audience experienced an atmospheric convergence of nature and cinematic narratives – primordial notions of light, sound and stories suspended in the darkness between sea and sky.

“The thought of watching films here seemed surprising,“ said Ole Scheeren. „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: A sense of temporality, randomness, almost like driftwood. Or maybe something more architectural: Modular pieces, loosely assembled, like a group of little islands that congregate to form an auditorium.“

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A work with a strong connection to the local community, Archipelago Cinema is based on the techniques used by fishermen to construct floating lobster farms. The raft is built out of recycled materials as a series of individual modules to allow for flexibility for its future use. Subsequent to a journey which will see the raft travel to further places as an auditorium for other film screenings on water, it will eventually return to the island and be donated to its actual builders, the community of Yao Noi, as its own playground and stage in the ocean.

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Cite: "Archipelago Cinema / Buro Ole Scheeren + Film on the​ Rocks Yao Noi Foundation" 17 Apr 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 21 Sep 2014. <>


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    This project disturb the nature and pure of environment around ,just support a few audiences or user, no value.

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    Pee in the water!

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    You would expect something more substantial as for the first realized solo project of Rem’s Golden Boy. Kudos nonetheless. By the way, is it Buro Ole Scheeren or Studio Ole Scheeren, if anything the ex-OMA’s seem to have their anagram’s in order…

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    Its rather disappointing conceptually with the boxes arranged in a gridded layout. Remove all the words and its just several rafts in the water. The image with Ole is just hilarious.Come on… They must be confused with the names as Buro means office in German but studio is another meaning..

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    This is a phenominal site, and any intervention would be hard pressed to be worthy of it. But as mentioned, this is just a few fairly normal rafts, and any real dialogue between the site and the experience of watching films is barely perceivable. What if the screen was behind two large rocks/framed by them, so one is always aware of them-surely the architects could do mor ethan treat it is a mere backdrop. This site is too beautiful, and this feels more like exploitation than inspired architecture.

    Sorry to be harsh, but a place like this deserves it.

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      This seriously looks like a commercial piece for an outdoor furniture company. There has been no attempts to engage the site whatsoever. Rem’s golden boy no more, you are on your own and somehow your own works do not add up. It was Shoei’s, Rem’s and Fernando’s design for CCTV after all…everyone knows that!

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