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VISITOR CENTERS
VISITOR CENTERS
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The SZDLC was designed by Chalabi Architekten & Partner
of Vienna. The building resembles a coiled snake that
generates a continuous loop similar to a Moebius strip.
The museum exhibition was designed by AldrichPears
Associates of Vancouver. Electrosonic was sub-contracted
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complete the detailed design and integration of the AV
systems needed for three theaters and more than 60
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and tested in the UK before shipment to Al Ain, and then
installed, commissioned and programmed on site with the
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The three theaters are highlights of any visit, and each is
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ceiling-mounted Panasonic projectors projecting onto a
curved screen. The projectors are fed DVI video signals
by Extron baluns from a 7thSense Delta HD server. Dolby
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loudspeakers.
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separate screens, which form a slight curve on a raised
stage. Three BrightSign media players feed Optoma
projectors. Audio is delivered by a Cloud multi-channel
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The Feature Theatre is a full-scale cinema space. A Sony 4K
cinema projector displays a 13-minute show on a 55ft×28ft
(16.7m × 8.5m) screen from a projection booth at the rear
of the auditorium. The projector is fed from a Sony Cinema
Media Block; alternative content is delivered through a
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content to the big screen. The theater has 7.1 surround
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Interactive exhibits at the SZDLC include PC interactives,
video interactives, physical interactives and audio
interactives. The physical interactives were designed by
aivaf, while linear and interactive AV content was created by
twofour54 and New Angle.
The PC interactives address a wide array of subjects: ancient
climates, fossils, archaeological digs, indigenous animals and
pearl diving. The video interactives introduce visitors to a bat
cave, nocturnal life in the desert, landscape diversity, avian
research, oryx conservation, hunting with falcons, desert
wells, and local initiatives, such as plans for Al Ain City in
the year 2030.
Interactives with physical interfaces include a pearl video
microscope, tectonic stations for examining fossils, Q&A
stations for identifying footprints, and exhibits exploring the
coastline and bat detection.
Audio interactives include a 10-minute Deserts Over Time
soundscape, an exhibit that asks visitors what creature
makes what sound, and a Dew Forest soundscape, which
washes over them under a glass-domed roof.
Representative equipment supplied by Electrosonic for the
exhibits included 32,42,46,52 and 60-inch LCDs from
NEC and Sharp; 60-inch through-glass touch foils from
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BrightSign media players, In/Out MP3 players, Phidgets
motion sensors, Dakota, KEF, Turbosound and Visaton
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While all of the interactive equipment is sited locally to
the exhibits, there is a master AV rack housing a Crestron
controller, which permits the remote start up and shut down
of IP controllable devices. A Dell server has an external hard
drive bay where a back up of all media can be stored.
The Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre (SZDLC) is part
of the redevelopment of the 40-year old Al Ain Zoo in
Abu Dhabi, UAE. It is a museum and research center that
explores the natural and cultural history of the Arabian
deserts and deserts worldwide. The building is on the site
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for the endangered Arabian oryx.
DESERT LEARNING CENTRE
Photographs (below - clockwise from left):
• Examining fossils with sliding “microscope”
• Desert soundscape
• The Arabian oryx is an inspiration for the museum
• The Feature Theatre
• Three separate screens in the Sustainable Theatre
• Panoramic screen in the Immersive Theatre
Interactive exhibit with physical input and LCD images
Photo from SZDLC
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