Floating Cinema 2013: Design Competition Shortlist Announced

Following an enthusiastic and international response to the brief, The Architecture Foundation and UP Projects are delighted to announce the talented designers shortlisted for the Floating Cinema 2013 design competition. Floating Cinema 2013 has been commissioned by The Legacy List and funded by Bloomberg as part of the Bloomberg East series of artist-led programmes to animate the waterways in East London working in partnership with the Canal and River Trust.

The four chosen practices are:

Duggan Morris (London)
Nilsson Pflugfelder (Berlin / London) 
OBRA (New York / Beijing) 
vPPR (London) 

The shortlist announcement was made last night (4 June) at an engaging event held in The White Building, a new cultural venue in Hackney Wick designed by David Kohn Architects. The event, chaired by curator Jes Fernie, saw the creative minds behind the acclaimed Floating Cinema 2011 speak of their experiences of the project before the floor was opened up for a Q+A session.

Designers were asked to complete a pre qualification questionnaire, and based on the information submitted, representatives from UP Projects, Somewhere, The Legacy List and The AF selected the shortlist. The shortlisted practices will now be given the opportunity to workshop ideas with the Floating Cinema lead artists Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie before preparing a response to the full design brief. The jury panel will announce the winner in September as part of The London Design Festival.

The competition is looking for an innovative and creative design solution that embodies UP Projects! 2013 theme of "Extra-Ordinary!, offering delight and playfulness as well as being robust and serviceable for a permanent lifespan on the water. The vessel needs to accommodate intimate on-board film screenings, larger outdoor film events as well as a base for film-related talks and activities.

The completed cinema will take to the waters of East London in Summer 2013, connecting the boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Newham, Waltham Forest and Hackney with the new Olympic Park, and will host a series of public events, activities and tours.

Image: Floating Cinema 2011 Film Screening, courtesy Nina Pope