Pop-up cinemas are all the rage these days, a hipster pastime that has taken the world by storm – from hidden ones to rooftop experiences with hot-tubs. But nothing in London, New York or Berlin can top this architectural masterpiece, created by architect Büro Ole Scheeren out of recycled materials out in an incredible archipelago-lagoon near Koh Yao Noi, one of Thailand‘s most sublime island destinations.
The floating-raft cinema positions visitors in a dramatic and breathtaking locating (and cinematic experience in itself), surrounded by monolithic karst rocks rising out of the sea and the inky water reflecting the screen at night. The installation has debuted and is currently travelling the world, in different bodies of water – but the plan is that it will eventually return to Koh Yao Noi just outside Phuket and be donated to the local community as a project to develop sustainable, new tourism ideas in the region.
Photography courtesy of Büro Ole Scheeren