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Ahoy there! Duggan Morris floating cinema launches

Arts organisation UP Projects’ latest cinema-on-a-barge project was launched last week

The Floating Cinema, which will tour the waterways around the Olympic Park in east London, was designed by Duggan Morris Architects who beat vPPR, New York’s OBRA and Berlin-based Nilsson Pflugfelder to win the high-profile commission last September (AJ 26.09.2012).

The movable showstopper made its debut at the White Building and Crate, Hackney Wick. The barge will showcase a ‘variety of intimate on board screenings’ as well as ‘large scale outdoor films for bank side audiences’ as part of a 10-week programme.

Two years ago UP Projects worked with Studio Weave on a previous incarnation of the cinema barge (see AJ 22.06.2011).

Emma Underhill, Director UP Projects said: ‘It was so exciting to finally launch the new Floating Cinema after over a year long development
period. It has taken a huge amount of energy and commitment from a wide group of partners, but the hard work has paid off. Duggan Morris’ realised design looks fabulous, and provides the perfect context for Somewhere’s “Extra-Ordinary” programme of events.’

The new Floating Cinema is supported by The Legacy List, the charity of the Olympic Park, and its corporate partner Bloomberg as part of Bloomberg East in partnership with Canal & River Trust.

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Previous story (AJ 26.09.2013)

In pictures: Duggan Morris wins floating cinema job

Practice wins Olympic legacy competition with proposal for floating cinema with screenings, tours, talks and workshops

Duggan Morris Architects has won the contest run by the Architecture Foundation and UP Projects to design a floating cinema in east London.

Last year’s Manser Medal winner beat vPPR, New York’s OBRA and Berlin-based Nilsson Pflugfelder to win the high-profi le commission to animate waterways close to the Olympic Park.

Supported by Legacy List and Bloomberg, the competition was based on UP Project’s pilot floating cinema project last year designed by Studio Weave with filmmakers Somewhere.

Joe Morris, of Duggan Morris, said: ‘The floating cinema has the potential to be a wondrous addition to London’s network of waterways. We very much look forward to delivering this unique structure and creating a legacy for visitors to the Lea Valley.’

The competition judges were Patty Hopkins of Hopkins Architects, Legacy List’s Sarah Weir, Sarah Ichioka of the Architecture Foundation, Somewhere’s Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie and Emma Underhill from UP Projects.

Underhill praised the winning practice for its ‘exceptional’ commitment and enthusiasm. ‘I’m sure the final result will provide a really unique and special resource for the waterways,’ she said.

The studio’s proposal – named A Strange Cargo of Extra-Ordinary Objects – is planned to launch in June 2013 and will feature screenings, canal tours, talks and workshops.

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