Comprehensive integrated technology for Bremerhaven's KlimahausŪ 8° East (2009)
The project: A striking and innovative exhibition space, the KlimahausŪ 8° East (climate house) is part of the "Havenwelten" complex in the northern German port of Bremerhaven. Like the German Emigration Center nearby, it has been fully equipped with system technology by ASC. The building's exterior is a transparent shell clad with 4,700 panes of curved glass enclosing 11,500mē of exhibition space. Visually it evokes a huge cloud or a larger than life drop of water. It is a design that fits perfectly into the architectural language of the surrounding Neuer Hafen (new port) area and its hotel development. Once inside the Klimahaus, visitors are captivated by a wealth of interactive scientific displays about the climate, climate change and climate zones that take them on an informative journey into the future, focusing on topics such as travel, the elements, climate forecasting and our options. Exhibits document the influence of global warming on the living conditions of people and animals along the 8 degrees East meridian, which runs through Bremerhaven, presenting information and approaches to solving the problems related to global warming.
The challenge: The Hamburg-based Amptown System Company devised and installed comprehensive audio, lighting, video, media and control equipment for the Klimahaus science and adventure centre. The right technology is a basic requirement for enabling the unusual scenarios and exhibits in the Klimahaus to be brought to life, giving visitors access to authentic scientific knowledge. In addition, ASC installed network and electronics infrastructure and supplied and installed the whole administrative, office communications, telephone and monitoring system for the centre's operating company, the Klimahaus Betriebsgesellschaft mbH.
The solution: In the KlimahausŪ 8° East, the science-based tourist attraction specialists, Petri & Tiemann GmbH, and the Kunstraum GfK planning team from Hamburg have created a realistic simulation that uses stage technology and theatrical backdrops to give visitors a spectacular and unique experience. ASC established media systems centres at 21 locations throughout the building and housed heat-emitting components and power distribution in plant rooms well away from the visitor areas. A comprehensive range of loudspeakers, power amplifiers, audio and video players, monitors, projectors and projection screens was installed in the building. Because the displays encompass such a wide variety of scenarios, the technical configuration had to be individually evaluated in advance and precisely positioned. A Medialon Manager acts as a central control unit, linking numerous interfaces and mechanisms all over the extensive building and perfectly coordinating both the individual sequences of audio, video and light impulses and their interplay in multimedia presentations. The Medialon Manager calls up rain, storms, darkness and lightning, either following preset schedules or according to programmed sequences. It also plays a pivotal role in maintaining the multitude of technical equipment, providing central monitoring of such aspects as service life and malfunctions.
The foyer prepares visitors for the "journey" section of the exhibition that follows. Inside a funnel-shaped cone about 20m high, picture sequences from the world's climate zones are projected onto the curved and sloping wall by six projectors. A public address system provides accompanying information and sound effects to put visitors in the mood. Sophisticated projection is used frequently throughout the whole exhibition, with deflection by mirrors enabling scenic images to be generated from within exhibits. Sound and image pillars accompany the many exhibits, with technology developed by ASC providing visitors with the option of choosing a German or English translation of the original film soundtracks broadcast over the loudspeakers. A redundant fibre optic network with a high switching speed feeds the audio, video and imaging systems, while audio and video data is transported either in analogue form along copper cabling or digitally via DVI.
|130x information columns with ROKU HD-200 HD-video/audio players, 24" screens|
|600x JBL loudspeakers of varying sizes|
|106x 24",32",50" and 65" displays by NEC, Panasonic|
|53x Christie 1-Chip DLP projectors|
|6x Sony VPL FW-300 projectors|
|35x AV Stumpl multi-channel audio players|
|1500x lamps for exhibition lighting|
|Studio/exhibit lighting by ETC and Balcar|
|Medialon show control|
|AV presentation software by AVC Team Biber (for multiple projection)|
|Network infrastructure and IP telephone system|