The choice of topic for today’s architecture blog post was easy. Set to change the live entertainment standard, every major news media was covering the opening of The Sphere at the Venetian in Las Vegas: BBC, Forbes, Euronews, CNN,
At first I was going to do explore other large Speres but all things considered there is so much material here – I thought let’s focus. The Sphere is 366 feet tall and 516 feet wide. For reference purposed the Peace Tower is 302 feet light. There are 1.2 million LED puck lights inside and outside. The Sphere was opened September 29 with a U2 residency. It was designed by Populous a prolific architecture firm. Haptic technology is built into 10,000 of the 18,600 seats which of course all have access to wi-fi. SACO Technologies a Canadian company designed both the exterior and interior screens. I don’t feel I can adequately address the speaker system but I can say it has 4D technology which includes wind and scent.
Is it tacky, ridiculous, over the top: Well yes. It’s in Las Vegas and adjacent to the Strip.
Archdaily presents some fun pics.