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Brief Published: 20 Apr 2012

Acoustic Floating Architecture


In celebration of the London 2012 Olympic Games, three British creative groups have teamed up to create a musical floating building on the River Tyne in Newcastle, north-east England.

Arts collective Owl Project, music producer Ed Carter and architect Nicky Kirk all collaborated on Flow. The buoyant wooden watermill-style building generates its own power using a tidal water wheel.

The building is designed to encourage creative interaction and promote musical awareness among the general public. Once inside Flow’s mill house, visitors are confronted with a variety of bespoke electro-acoustic wooden instruments (which deploy electronic techniques to enhance the sound) that respond directly to the river’s activity.

Key to the concept is the fact that the space is inherently in constant flux, due to its immersion in sounds generated by the ever-changing conditions of the river.


Owl Project

Nicky Kirk

Ed Carter