Regional Update: Asia-Pacific (July 2019)
McLaren Engineers Massive, Flexible Video Wall
The MGM Cotai resort’s MGM Theater in Macau unveiled a massive 28-million-pixel video wall that its engineers say is one of the world’s largest indoor LED screens.
At 9,700 square feet—the size of three tennis courts—the 4K LED screen features 12 independent, major axes of moving components.
“The complex design includes seams between the moving and static LED screens that are just 2 mm, which allows for virtually seamless imagery,” explains William Gorlin, vice president and entertainment division chief at McLaren Engineering Group. “The entire video screen in its widest configuration produces immersive surround imagery, from which pieces and parts can be moved to alter the space.”
The design also has a “midair engagement system” that allows large pivoting wall sections to meet with a third section when flown in to create an entirely different video image surface.
The 2,000-seat theater itself has 10 configurations that can be used for concerts, movie premieres, clubbing, and more.
Paradise City Launches Indoor Theme Park
Paradise City, an integrated resort located next to South Korea’s Incheon International Airport, has opened a two-story indoor fantasy theme park called Wonderbox that combines technology and traditional performances.
At nearly 4,000 square meters, Wonderbox is themed as a nighttime fair featuring interactive installations created by Moment Factory, midway games, a ropes course, and rides, including a pedal-powered gondola. The attraction’s eye-catching architecture is the work of Winy Maas of the Dutch urban design company MVRDV.
Wonderbox also features the first South Korean store of noted Singaporean pastry chef Janice Wong.
Paradise City is a collaboration between the Paradise Group and Japan’s Sega Sammy Holdings, which have invested 1.5 trillion South Korean won in the venture. Wonderbox’s opening marks the completion of the project’s first phase, which includes hotels, a spa, a club, art exhibitions, and shopping. The companies expect Wonderbox will help attract more tourists.