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News in pictures 30 April 2010

Stunning examples of audiovisual and lighting technology from Barcelona to Norwich

LEDs offer architects a world of colour while being unobtrusive – as an H&M store in Barcelona proves.

The entrance walls and ceiling of the store feature Barco MiTRIX transparent LED modules, while the steps are covered with MiSTRIP pixel strips. Together, they arouse a sensory explosion of light, colour and movement, stimulating passers-by to dive into the H&M shopping experience.

Martin Audio’s Omniline
speaker array makes a big noise at Bristol’s Wills Memorial Hall, yet blink and you could miss it.

The project showcases just how well audio technology can be unobtrusively integrated into large acoustic spaces.

Martin Audio’s Omniline speaker array is slim and unobtrusive, with soft lines that minimise its visual presence in an architectural environment.

Its modular approach and scalability extend its use from foreground applications to sound reinforcement in large acoustic spaces.

The Forum, Norwich’s landmark Millennium project, has completed three new public attractions using Panasonic projectors to create Europe’s largest permanent digital screen gallery.

Panasonic projectors have been chosen at the gallery to span the length of the screen with their projections, edge blended for a seamless and continuous image. It was important for the venue to have a highly versatile solution that could be adapted effectively for the different uses of the projectors, as the idea of the gallery is to constantly change the displays and develop the space over the duration of it’s use.

Rear projection technology offers an elegant solution at Kavli Institute for Cosmology.

Anders + Kern’s StarGlas, a glass-based black screen rear projection material, has proved a stellar solution for the kind of content on display from the Kavli Institute for Cosmology at the University of Cambridge.

Along with its superior optical characteristics, the team realised that a rear projection solution would be far more elegant; the room due to host the projector had a very high ceiling, which would have left a front projector hanging in mid-air.