MONTREAL, Jan. 23, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - There was tremendous excitement
in the air today, as the Executive Director of Space for Life started
the final countdown before the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium opens to the
public on April 6. This eagerly awaited event will make Montréal Space
for Life Canada's largest natural science museum complex and a key
destination on everyone's list.
"The opening of the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium is a milestone in the
development of Space for Life, which is now taking concrete form as we
bring together the Biodôme, the Botanical Garden, the Insectarium and
the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium on one site. By combining art and
astronomy in one signature building, Space for Life is reinventing the
very concept of what a Planetarium should be. We are setting the tone
for all our future projects, in fact, as we strive to create bold
sensory experiences as a way of encouraging closer bonds between
humankind and nature," said Charles-Mathieu Brunelle, Executive
Director of Space for Life.
The Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium, the result of an international
architecture competition won by the Montréal firm of Cardin Ramirez
Julien, already has a strong identity all its own. It is in perfect
harmony with its surroundings and was built to meet LEED environmental
certification standards. It is aiming for LEED Platinum certification,
in fact. Bathed in natural light, with clean lines and a welcoming
atmosphere, it is designed to enhance visitors' experience as they
discover the Universe in a totally new way.
The Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium is positioning itself as a leader on the
international scene, by giving creativity a permanent role in a
scientific institution. It combines cutting-edge technology, scientific
know-how and creativity in two complementary immersive theatres. This
creative approach is evident in the Multimedia Theatre, where the first
original production by the internationally renowned Montréal duo of
Victor Pilon and Michel Lemieux will be presented right from the start.
The technical wizardry employed in the Astronomical Theatre, for its
part, will make it possible to present the clearest starry sky in
Montréal and carry visitors off on a thrilling virtual journey taking
them light years from Earth.
The Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium was made possible with the collaboration
of the Olympic Park and the financial support of the Ville de Montréal,
the provincial government, the federal government and Rio Tinto Alcan.
Photos and fact sheets: http://bit.ly/PlanetariumRioTintoAlcan2013
SOURCE: Espace pour la vie
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