Call me old fashioned, but I had no idea there was such a thing as a movie theater shaped like a mini-planet. Or movies in 5D. I’m still getting used to every other movie being in 3D! Apparently, Miniwiz Sustainable Energy Development has access to dimensions we don’t have here in America, because it just announced the construction of iGreen for Wanshang Dreamworld park: a 5D entertainment structure that will be built entirely from recycled CDs and DVDs.
According to Miniwiz, iGreen will be one of the worlds largest spherical structures, with approximately 50 square meters of floor space at its widest point. Besides showcasing the use of upcycled materials, the sphere will encase the entire museum complex creating a microclimate that allows for tropical plants and trees to be grown.
Visitors to this unique entertainment complex will have the pleasure of feeling like they’re outside, even when they’re in. “we created an unprecedented up-cycling process allowing us to use only post-consumer poly carbonate and agricultural waste,” said Christopher Yen, Head Materials Engineer at Miniwiz. The skin of iGreen will allow light to penetrate at daytime and spectacular lighting at night, making the orb an iconic landmark visible from far away. Although it seems extremely porous, the designers say this material can withstand Typhoon grade wind-gust, acid rain, earthquakes and UV radiation.
iGreen’s interior will feature furniture, ceilings, flooring and lighting fixtures also made from recycled post consumer waste materials, educating the end-consumer about sustainability in a fun, entertaining way. Visitors can enjoy a 5D flight simulator as well as a greened rooftop within the microclimate, a unique shopping and educational experience, coffee shops etc. “It’s amazing what you can make from reengineered trash,” Arthur Huang CEO of Miniwiz notes. iGreen is set to open in 2015 in Huaqiao.
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