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THEATRE IN THE ROUND

by Phoebe Liu on Mar 13, 2013 in Architecture , Lifestyle
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The world’s biggest spherical 5D movie theatre structure is being built from recycled DVDs and CDs, using groundbreaking recycling technology devised by Taiwan’s Miniwiz

It’s still two years away from completion, but excitement is already running high over the iGreen, designed by Taipei-based Miniwiz
Sustainable Energy Development using unique upcycling techniques involving thousands of recycled DVDs and compact disks.

In 2015, the doors to the world’s largest spherical 5D movie theatre at the iGreen,  an aviation museum, will open as the centerpiece at Wanshang Dreamworld park, located near Shanghai.

With a diameter of 50 sq-m, the iGreen sphere encases the museum complex to create a microclimate that allows for tropical plants and trees to be grown. iGreen’s skin has to withstand typhoon-grade wind-gust, acid rain, earthquakes and UV radiation, a challenging task which few companies in the world could successfully complete — let alone incorporate a strong ‘green’ ethos into the design.

“We created an unprecedented up-cycling process allowing us to use only post-consumer poly carbonate and agricultural waste,” says Christopher Yen, head materials engineer at Miniwiz. The skin of iGreen will allow not just light to penetrate during the daytime, but also accommodate spectacular lighting at night, veritably ensuring its future as an iconic landmark.

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