Floating church, Olympic Park, by Denizen Works

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Source: Gilbert McCarragher

In pictures: The congregation will literally be able to raise the roof thanks to a bellows-like innovation

Denizen Works’ £650,000 floating church has completed and is now moored in its new home beside Here East at the Olympic Park.

The Genesis is a purpose-built 8.5m wide-beam canal boat with a unique concertina roof made from translucent folded sailcloth.

When open this bellows-like structure increases the height of the space to 3.6m and acts as a beacon of light drawing people along the towpath to the church. When closed the boat can fit through narrow tunnels and ultimately head to a new mooring.

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