Montréal Space for Life Rockets You into a New Universe - Starting April 6,
2013 at the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium
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
April6. This eagerly awaited event will make Montréal Space for Life
Canada's largest natural science museum complex and a key destination on
"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/PlanetariumRioTintoAlcan
Karine Jalbert, Communications Co-ordinator Telephone: 514 872-1453/
Nadine Fortin, Communications Co-ordinator Telephone: 514868-3053/
SOURCE: Espace pour la vie
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