While I'm a huge fan of watching movies outdoors, I have to say that what architect Ole Scheeren created for the 2012 Film on the Rocks festival takes the proverbial cake.
The event, which spans four days, took place in March on the island of Yao Noi in Thailand — a stunningly picturesque setting that defines paradise. This year's theme, "Primodial," perfectly fit the atmosphere, an intentional decision by organizers who included Actress Tilda Swinton and Director Apichatpong Weerasethakul.
“It links back to our main theme for the festival, which is Primordial,” one of the organizers, Nat Sarasas told Dazed Digital. ”We really believe that by bringing people very close to nature they will be more receptive to whatever we will be showcasing.”
I mean, seriously: a floating theater. How awesome is that? According to one site, the movie chosen was the original "Peter Pan" from 1924. Heck, they could have chosen "Gigli" and I would have happily sat there.
“The thought of watching films here seemed surprising: a screen, nestled somewhere between the rocks,” wrote architect Ole Scheeren on his site. ”And the audience … floating. Hovering above the sea, somewhere in the middle of this incredible space of the lagoon, focused on the moving images across the water. A landscape of pieces playfully joined together. A sense of temporality, randomness. Almost like drift wood. Or maybe something more architectural.”
According to Scheeren, his movie theater was composed of individual modules to allow for flexibility in future use. Once the festival ended, it was donated back to the community of Yao Noi (who also built it with local materials) for the community's private functions.