Domes are highly efficient structures, and they have been used for a multitude of purposes throughout history. As well, throughout history, architects and other artists have been perfecting them for better usage and for greater purpose. From mud huts and igloos to churches, political seats, and sports stadiums, the dome has proved to be just the thing. Today, domes have proven to provide the perfect structure for venue rentals and entertainment and education facilities. A 360-dome projection theatre is one of the latest in exciting technologies that makes the most out of this structure. Domes lend themselves to a multitude of purposes, but what are the different types of domes? Is there a difference?
Domes have been popular because they only need the force of gravity to hold them upright, and they can span a large area with space beneath for all kinds of activities. There are no inner support columns required to take up space. They can be any size. As an event venue, the dome that is rented can be whatever size is required to accommodate the correct capacity of people. The main differences in domes used for dome projection are capacity and permanence.
What is dome projection?
A projection dome is an exciting, immersive experience. It is used as entertainment, but there are more purposes than that. Dome projection is a 360-degree dome with images shining over the whole space to give viewers the feeling that they are there. Most people are familiar with them as planetariums, or aquariums, that take people into the world being projected over the dome. In fact, 360 domes are virtual reality experiences beyond compare. Consider the possibility of being able to spend time at the beach, or walk in a forest, or even go to university without leaving home. Dome projection can open up all these experiences anywhere.
With all that humans have learned about using domes, the most important thing was in discovering and overcoming the weakness in the structure. Although domes don’t require support columns and inner walls, they do require support, and finding out how to hold them up required experimentation. They can’t be too heavy, but they still need buttresses and perimeter rings. Buckminster Fuller changed that with the geodesic dome. This sphere was made with a series of lightweight triangles that fit together like a jigsaw puzzle to create a dome that would work anywhere, opening up possibilities. This type of dome is a good choice for a dome projection venue. It is easily built, assembles quickly, and can be of any size.
However, in dome projection, the most convenient structure is the inflatable dome. Again, any size is possible. An inflatable dome only requires space, pressurized air and a lightweight fabric membrane and voila, there is an instant gathering place for any amount of people, depending on its size. It is perfect for a temporary space, and excellent for an event that includes a 360-dome projection theatre.
For an unforgettable immersible virtual reality experience, dome projection can do almost anything. This is the future. Click here for more information.