UP Projects and The Architecture Foundation have announced an Open Call to architects and designers for the 2013 design of the Floating Cinema Project that will cruise the waterways of East London. The design is a followup to the Floating Cinema project of 2011, designed by Studio Weave, a scheme launched by UP Project’s Portavilion series for innovative temporary public art spaces with artists Somewhere (Nina Pope, and Karen Guthrie). The competition will be held in two stages. A pre-qualification questionnaire should be submitted by each entrants (or group), due by 4pm on June 26th. UP Projects and the Architecture Foundation will then select four practices to develop and design the Floating Cinema in response to a brief. More on the competition after the break.
This year’s theme, “Extra-Ordinary”, should embody playfulness and delight, while addressing the concerns of architecture with a lifespan on the water. The vessel should accommodate intimate on-board film screenings, larger outdoor film events as well as provide a base for film related talks and activities. The Floating Cinema will navigate the waterways that connect the boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Newham, Waltham Forest and Hackney with the new Olympic Park, hosting events, activities and also tours into the Olympic Park. The goal is to animate the waterways of East London with a design that engages the public and promotes creative activities. The vessel, once designed and built, is scheduled to launch in June 2013. Visit the competition website for details, resources and more information.