An inflatable floating theatre has popped-up at Hoxton Docks in east London – the winner of this year’s annual Antepavilion competition.
The yellow balloon-like structure, dubbed AirDraft, was designed by architects Thomas Randall-Page and Benedetta Rogers and takes just 12 minutes to inflate.
It comprises a fabric membrane atop a barge, named Ouse. This inflatable skin can be collapsed, meaning it can be moved along the waterway and beneath bridges with ease.
AirDraft was selected from 132 entries as the winner of this year’s competition, which is organized by the Architecture Foundation and sponsored by property developer Shiva.
The Antepavilion sets sail on Saturday 11 August. Events aboard the floating structure will include spoken-word performances, comedy shows and a marimba band.
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