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Floating Church, Stratford

A mobile place for worship and community activities

Floating Church.
Floating Church. Credit: Murray Kerr

Denizen Works for Diocese of London
Contract value: undisclosed 
GIA: 45m2

A bespoke wide-beam narrowboat with a pop-up roof is a mobile place for worship and community activities within a developing riverine neighbourhood. It has a kitchen, office, accessible toilet and an assembly space with a capacity of 60. There are built-in storage benches, a flat-pack altar angled like the prow of a boat, and aluminium window screens inspired by rood screens. The kinetic roof, inspired by organ bellows, is made from concertinaed, translucent sailcloth lined with LEDs and powered by hydraulic rams, transforming the barge into an illuminated beacon.

  • Floating Church.
    Floating Church. Credit: Murray Kerr
  • Floating Church.
    Floating Church. Credit: Murray Kerr
  • Floating Church.
    Floating Church. Credit: Murray Kerr
  • Floating Church.
    Floating Church. Credit: Murray Kerr
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