Media design and technology expert, Tejix, has designed and implemented the complete audio, video and show control system for LEGOLAND Japan.
The scope of the project was wide-ranging and encompassed the entire park and its attractions.
Tejix was tasked with providing solutions for parkwide background music, as well as audio, video and lighting for the various attractions and theatres. The brief also included on-board audio, dynamic signage and even parkwide wifi.
A significant challenge was the requirement to provide underwater lighting.
“Indoor attractions, especially the ones with water, present unique challenges,” said Lilian Strussmann, Tejix’s site coordinator.
“While being theatrical, the lighting fixtures must have very specific characteristics to support marine life in the tanks.”
Unconvinced that existing products would be reliably resistant to corrosion, the team designed its own projectors for over and under the water.
Show control, precision and flexibility
According to Tejix, the parkwide control system at LEGOLAND Japan relies on a proven, computer-free architecture based on industrial components. The simplicity of the design delivers precision and flexibility, as well as reliability. Thus, LEGOLAND visitors can enjoy exceptional sound and image quality, while the operator benefits from a system free of the issues usually associated with large-scale audiovisual installations.
“We started from a blank page with the idea of providing exceptional performance in a straightforward design,” explained sound designer, Akio Takeda.
“Our sound concept is digital from sources to amplifiers, using a single network for the 500+ audio channels needed in the park.
“We have speakers in theatres, dark rides, outdoor areas, LEGO models, on-board audio and so on. To achieve a great level of consistency, we use just one type of amplifier and seven speakers models across the board.”
Japan’s first outdoor LEGOLAND theme park opened in Nagoya earlier this year. The park features models of Japanese landmarks such as Tokyo Station, Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto and Nagoya Castle. There is also a miniature town called MINILAND.
“We achieved our goal to combine the simplicity of a centralised system with the flexibility of a distributed approach,” added Takeda.