Sunday, June 12, 2011

Moscow Planetarium reopens after 17 years - Global Immersion systems; Hüttinger exhibit design

Photo: Global Immersion

An article in "The Voice of Russia" states:
"The Moscow Planetarium is finally reopening [12 June 2011] after sweeping reconstruction. With 17,000 square meters of floorspace, it is now the biggest planetarium in Europe.

"Reconstruction was slated to begin in 1994, but numerous ownership scandals and lawsuits suspended it for years, so it actually began in 2009. The building has become six meters taller and has been completely refurbished into an up-to-date multi-functional research and educational compound with two observatories and two large interactive museums...." see article here.

Global Immersion, a leader in the field of digital immersive theater and planetarium experiences, was awarded the contract by Moscow Planetarium to design and integrate six unique and state-of–the-art Fidelity™ and Intensity® digital displays into three theaters throughout the facility. The theaters are a key part of the large-scale modernization and expansion, and include a seven-channel/fourteen-projector Fidelity Bright™ digital fulldome system, A 46-seat Intensity® 4D theater, a 4.6-meter production dome with a fulldome display using LED-projection technology, and a further stereocopic 3D fulldome display system.

Global Immersion shared a photo gallery on Facebook, which can be viewed here. Martin Howe, chief executive at Global Immersion, will be speaking in the panel discussion, Digital Dome Stories, at TEA's SATE '11 Orlando conference Sept. 22-23.

Martin Howe talks at length about the project with IPM in an interview here (includes photo gallery).
Kurt Hüttinger GmbH & Co. KG, along with their partner Alexey Zemko, won the full design & build contract for the for the fit-out of this interactive space and astronomy museum. Hüttinger shared additional photos here, and an overview of their work on the project here.