Designed in Hackney: The Floating Cinema
by Studio Weave


The Floating Cinema by Studio Weave

Designed in Hackney: last summer Hackney architects Studio Weave turned an old narrow boat into a floating cinema that toured the canals of east London.

The Floating Cinema by Studio Weave

The cinema screen is located inside the largest of two enclosed quarters aboard the vessel and is surrounded by dark curtains that were specially embroidered into triangular pleats.

The Floating Cinema by Studio Weave

Twelve wooden seats made from recycled oak tabletops fold into different positions in front of the screen and can be tucked away when not in use.

The Floating Cinema by Studio Weave

A quilted canopy decorated with art deco-style illustrations shelters an open deck outside the cinema, which forms an informal foyer for visitors.

The Floating Cinema by Studio Weave

The Floating Cinema travelled to various locations around the boroughs of Hackney and Tower Hamlets during its three month season of screening, including a short mooring at Folly For A Flyover, another temporary cinema that was constructed beneath a motorway flyover in Hackney Wick. It is currently located at Bow Locks and is used for private trips.

The Floating Cinema by Studio Weave

Studio Weave are located on Saint John’s Church Road in Lower Clapton. You can see more of their projects here.

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Designed in Hackney is a Dezeen initiative to showcase world-class architecture and design created in the borough, which is one of the five host boroughs for the London 2012 Olympic Games as well as being home to Dezeen’s offices. We’ll publish buildings, interiors and objects that have been designed in Hackney each day until the games this summer.

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  • I like the idea of romance it enhances. Floating on the river & watching a movie.

  • fiveash

    We're going to need a bigger boat.

  • architype

    Seems quite crammed and uncomfortable.