Christie’s technology is now in use at the Five Senses Bubble, a dome theatre in Xiong’an New Area, a sustainable city in Hebei province developed by the government to prioritize “green development and environmental protection”.
The dome theatre, which has a diameter of 8.5 metres and a height of 6.3 metres, was constructed using air-film reinforced concrete with an external decoration of golden spirals, representing the five senses. Inside, five Christie DWU8902-GS 1DLP® laser projectors are fitted discreetly around the dome theatre to display highly immersive images measuring 3.2 metres in height.
Zhongqing Yingye Group, an experienced AV integrator and appointed distributor of Christie’s 1DLP projection systems, installed and commissioned the projectors for the dome theatre project.
The Five Senses Bubble
A spokesperson for Zhongqing Yingye Group says, “The Five Senses Bubble dome theatre is a unique structure that integrates technology with arts and culture to strengthen community bonds in this new city. We are pleased to be involved in the projection component of this project, and the Christie GS Series laser projectors have been our top choice since day one.
“Not only do they deliver stunning image quality, realistic colour reproduction and reliability, their quiet operation and small footprint also make them remain ‘invisible’ during the shows.”
The content is designed to explore the themes of life and harmony, evoking all the senses for an immersive viewing experience. The Christie DWU8902-GS projectors’ built-in warping, blending, and colour matching capabilities also meant that the installation process was smooth.
“It’s amazing how brilliant projections can create a brand new experiential space that generates excitement,” adds the spokesperson. “Our technicians had worked tirelessly in sub-zero temperatures to complete the projectors’ integration and calibration on schedule, and the end results speak for themselves. We are particularly pleased with the colour reproduction, thanks to Christie BoldColor Technology that displays bold and lifelike images at high brightness levels, giving rise to richer, more appealing visual content.”
A popular destination
The Five Senses Bubble opened to the public in January 2021 and has already proved to be a popular destination for both locals and visitors.
“I’m completely mesmerized by the bright and colourful contents that seem to transport me to different environments – from floating snowflakes to soaring sky lanterns at night, to mysterious underwater worlds and the infinite boundaries of space,” says one visitor. “These rapidly changing worlds have created a highly realistic and entertaining experience.”
April Qin, director of sales, Enterprise, Christie China, says, “Kudos to Guangzhou Zhaocheng Electronic Technology for completing this amazing dome installation with our tried-and-tested Christie GS Series, which is the go-to projection system that offers brilliant colour and premium image quality for high-usage environments. This is a great combination of technology and culture that provides a highly immersive visual experience for all visitors.”
Thanks to laser illumination technology, the Christie GS Series removes the need for lamp and filter replacements, resulting in 20,000 hours of low-cost operation. It is an ideal choice for a range of venues, from dome theatres to boardrooms, conference rooms, places of worship and more, due to its wireless connectivity, small footprint, low-weight, quiet operation and a full suite of lenses.
Christie also recently provided its DS series laser projectors and Pandoras Box software for a new immersive installation within a contemporary health sciences park in Beijing.
Photos courtesy of Zhongqing Yingye Group