FEC in China Wows and Shanghai Shines at Night
Fantastical Design in Changsha, China FEC
At the newly opened Fundolandπ family entertainment center (FEC) in Changsha, China, a black mirrored wall at the entrance reveals a fantasy world inside an arched doorway. Oncoming “dream trains” create a sense of surreal dislocation. Designed by Li Xiang, the head of the award-winning X+Living architectural firm, some of the trains are functional—providing seating areas in the attraction’s restaurant and pub—while others, like the one in the bowling alley, are used to hide structural columns that could not be moved. The design team also had to overcome the building’s irregular spatial boundaries.
The 4,500-square-meter attraction and Fundoland brand are owned by Ledi Culture. The Changsha FEC features nearly a dozen entertainment and functional zones, including an arcade, card game area, escape room, murder mystery game, live music club, karaoke television, and retail area.
Digital Magic Shines in Shanghai at Nighttime Exhibit
After more than a year in production, visitors to Shanghai’s Jiukeshu (”Nine Trees”) Future Art Centre are enjoying an enchanting nighttime walk-through attraction entitled “Oriens Lumina.”
Montreal’s Moment Factory, in collaboration with the Shanghai production company Deng Yu, has transformed the woodlands adjacent to the art center into an 80,000-square-meter, one-hour experience that invites guests to “rediscover the beauty of nature and ancient Chinese mythology.”
Oriens Lumina is Moment Factory’s 13th Lumina night walk and the first in China. Inspired by a mythic, 2,000-year-old text, “The Classic of Mountains and Seas,” there are five themed zones with digital projections by a fleet of Christie laser projectors protected in weatherproof enclosures and discreetly installed among the foliage. Bright, bold images are displayed on large translucent screens set up between the trees to provide maximum visual impact.