Space 360: spherical projection theater in Gwangju, South Korea

July, 2017

The Gwangju National Science Museum and Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co., Ltd chose Front Pictures to deliver a projection system to South Korea’s first spherical projection theater – Space 360.

The sphere – which is 12 meters in diameter – is located next to Lucerium National Science Museum in Gwangju. Construction started in September 2016 and finished in July 2017. The sphere opened for visitors in September 2017.

Space 360 can be considered a true VR theater of the future. When visitors step inside, they find themselves on a transparent, glass observation bridge, which crosses the sphere’s interior. A crisp 360 video projection around, above, and below the viewers fully immerses them as they stand and watch. They literally dive into a virtual world without having to use VR headsets.

Front Pictures used its proprietary Screenberry™ media server for video playback and auto-calibration (stitching images from different projectors together). It was necessary to customize the code to enable projection onto the spherical screen.

The first show exclusively created for the sphere narrates the history of the world, starting from the Big Bang to the origins of life and onto human civilization. It also tells visitors about energy and green technology. The system is also capable of playing any fulldome or VR content.

The project was fulfilled on the request of the Gwangju National Science Museum and was sponsored by the Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co., Ltd.

Read more about the project on our blog

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