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Imax Theatre

  This building from the nineties really uses the wedge between the two highways to full effect. its metal cladding is evocative of the 1950s futuristic highway culture. It is slated for replacement by The Ribbon.

architect

HBO + EMTB

location

31 Wheat Rd, Darling Harbour

date

1996
Winner, 1997 Royal Australian Institute of Architects Merit Award. Winner, 1997 BHP National Metal Building Award.

style

Millennium Deconstructivist

construction

steel. Client:Cinema Plus Ltd

type

540-seat Theater
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Above- image from air, showing how well the theatre fits in between the highways.
 
Imax Theatre

The 540-seat Darling Harbour IMAX is the largest IMAX screen in the world at 35.7m wide and 29.4m high. Its projector requires not one, but two 15,000-watt bulbs, and requires an insane cooling system that “pumps 1,600 cubic metres of air and 36 litres of distilled water through the lamp housing every minute.” The sound system is similarly massive: A 15,000-watt digital surround sound system.
The 540 seat IMAX Cinema forms the centrepiece of Darling Harbour, on Sydney’s eastern city edge. Located among the freeways at the edge of Cockle Bay, the design found solutions for many obstacles of space, fit, sound, size and context. The symbolism of the outer structure is the human eye, with references to classical theatrical philosophies.
Upon completion, the building boasted the world’s largest cinema screen. The complex also features a stunning bar and two hundred-seat restaurant, bookshop and function space.



The complex quickly became an icon of the Darling Harbour and Cockle Bay entertainment and leisure precinct.
The design of IMAX Sydney received a Royal Australian Institute of Architects Merit Award and the BHP National Metal Building Award.
HBO+EMTB has also completed the design of IMAX theatres in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Bangkok, and Buenos Aires.



Source- http://www.hboemtb.com/projects/single_project/imax-theatre

 

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