Floating Cinema

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

When I heard about Floating Cinema I was intrigued. I grew up around canals and boats, so this sounded like something I'd enjoy. When I looked at the programme and saw that there was a evening devoted to architecture I was sold ~ Mr DI's favourite thing, him being an architect by profession.

So we headed over to East London to Limehouse Cut where the boat was moored. The boat was smaller than I'd imagined, the cinema seats about 12 people, perhaps a few more. You need to pre-book places, but many of the events, including this one, are free.

We saw 4 short, but fascinating, films about vertical living, in other words high-rise buildings. Fascinating stuff which touched on the political, sociological and emotional sides of living in tower blocks around the world.

After the films, we took a short walk to nearby Balfron Tower, designed by the architect Erno Goldfinger in 1963. Check back here to read about our visit to another London Goldfinger project, 2 Willow Road. 

We had a tour of the tower, including one of the apartments, currently undergoing restoration & refurbishment. It's been used as a set for numerous films and TV shows, and features in the opening sequences of Oasis' video for Morning Glory.

The views from the 21st floor were amazing!

Later we took part in a really inspiring discussion on high rise living between architects and artists.
All in all it was a great evening and a lovely way to spend the longest day of the year!

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