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Wednesday 26 Sep 2012

Floating Cinema project continues with next phase won by Duggan Morris Architects

UP Projects and The Architecture Foundation have announced that Duggan Morris Architects have won the Open Architecture Competition to design the next phase of UP Projects’ acclaimed Floating Cinema project. This project has been commissioned by the Legacy List with corporate partner 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.

Hackney-based practice Duggan Morris Architects’ outstanding design was selected from a shortlist of four international practices including OBRA (New York/Beijing) Nilsson Pflugfelder (London/Berlin) and vPPR (London) by a panel of seven judges including Lady Patty Hopkins (Hopkins Architects), Sarah Weir OBE (Legacy List), Sarah Ichioka (Architecture Foundation), Nina Pope (Somewhere), Karen Guthrie (Somewhere) and Emma Underhill (UP Projects).

Sarah Weir, Chief Executive, The Legacy List said: “We are extremely pleased to be able to commission the Floating Cinema in its next phase with this new boat by Duggan Morris Architects bringing the Extra-Ordinary dimension to the project. We look forward to giving our support to the teams over the coming months and seeing the collaboration between artists and architects for this innovative and unique project to animate the waterways in east London.”

Duggan Morris Architects developed their proposal ‘A Strange Cargo of Extra-Ordinary Objects’ in partnership with Skelly & Couch, Services Engineers; Appleyard and Trew, Quantity Surveyors; Price & Myers, Structural Engineers; and MSO Marine, Boatyard and Marine Services to produce a robust and practical, as well as highly inventive and imaginative, response to the brief.

UP Projects’ Director and Curator Emma Underhill said: “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Duggan Morris Architects on the next iteration of our Floating Cinema. Their proposal and their commitment and enthusiasm for the project is exceptional and we are really excited to see how the new Floating Cinema will develop from here. Equally important to the quality of their design was the architects’ openness to collaboration with us and the Floating Cinema artists Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie and I’m sure the final result will provide a really unique and special resource for the waterways.”

Building on the resounding success of the pilot Floating Cinema 2011 project, designed by Studio Weave, UP Projects are continuing to work with film-maker artist duo Somewhere (Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie), who will be devising an ‘Extra-Ordinary’ programme of on-board screenings, quirky canal tours, talks and workshops for the new Floating Cinema, which will launch in June 2013. The artists and project team felt that Duggan Morris’s proposal offered design solutions that embody the new 2013 programme theme of ‘Extra-Ordinary’, offering delight and playfulness as well as being robust and serviceable for a permanent lifespan on the water.

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