Montréal Space for Life Rockets You into a New Universe - Starting April 6, 2013 at the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium

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 
everyone's list. 
"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:  
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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