Muzeiko Children’s Museum in Sofia, Bulgaria has opened with an array of AV solutions from Barco, AMX and Samsung plus control equipment integration by Electrosonic.
The Muzeiko project, which is Bulgaria’s first children’s museum, ran alongside Electrosonic’s Konya Science Centre project in Turkey.
The 35,000sqft Muzeiko was designed by American architect Lee H. Skolnick and funded primarily by the US-based non-profit, America for Bulgaria Foundation. Skolnick and his team worked with Sofia-based A&A Architects to adapt a former university laboratory building into Bulgaria’s first museum tailored for kids.
The museum’s centrepiece is a three-story tree scenic element, which rises at the centre of the building and represents the past, present and future of the region. At the roots of the tree, the lowest level of the museum features exhibits on geology and paleontology. The heart of the tree is at ground-floor level where there are displays of habitats and modern architecture. The tree canopy, capping the top floor, looks to future technologies and space travel.
“Muzeiko has the feel of a science centre with its science-oriented exhibits for children,” noted Electrosonic project manager Tim Wilson. “The Muzeiko team was new to this kind of attraction, but they were very open to ideas and comments from us based on our previous museum experience.” Electrosonic’s Gary Belshaw served as site supervisor and commissioning engineer for Muzeiko.
The equipment selected by Electrosonic includes Samsung monitors as the primary displays, Christie and Barco projectors for several exhibits, Elo Touch Solutions touchscreens are the major interactive video components with Dell PCs behind the scenes.
An Ideum 55in touchtable is at the centre of an exhibit on astronomical discoveries. Two 46in CyberTouch multi-monitors guide visitors through the farm-to-table food area and an exhibit on adapting atmospheres. A GestureTek reactive system captures visitors’ movements for the ‘Connect 4’ exhibit. RFID interfaces help visitors make healthy menu choices in the ‘What’s for Lunch?’ exhibit.
An AMX NX-2200 master control system handles all show control tasks for Muzeiko and a Peavey MediaMatrix DSP is at the centre of the audio equipment. Electrosonic networked together three control rooms, one located on each floor of the museum.