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Portavilion: London, Hopkins Architects

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The Smallest Cinema in the World was created by Hopkins Architects, in collaboration with artist Annika Eriksson, for public art project Portavilion

The 5m x 2.3m, six-seat mobile cinema offers visitors an intimate and unique experience. The building is nearly 3.3m tall and has a monocoque skeleton and skin structure over a 100mm-thick base, all mounted on a steel flatbed trailer.

A plywood external skin spans between rib elements, fabricated from plywood sections with staggered butt joints. The ribs are anchored to longitudinal timber floor joists via bolted metal plates. M & E is minimal, with basic lighting, projection power and floor-mounted fans to assist ventilation.

  • Project: The Smallest Cinema in the World, London
    Architect: Hopkins Architects
    Cost: 20,000

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