The STAR DOME is a groundbreaking media installation developed exclusively for implementation at the Houston Astrodome. The design utilizes a number of the Astrodome’s many unique architectural features to create a multimedia experience that will be, and remain unlike any other in the world. The design utilizes a multi-projector system inside the stadium to create a single ultra high resolution concave display on the interior of the domed roof. Because the translucent skylights allow video content to appear on both the interior and exterior of the building, the installation can act both internally as the world’s largest media-augmented environment, and externally as a city-scale media façade. This dual functionality allows the installation to support a wider variety of monetizable and public uses than any other media installation in existence, adding immensely to uniqueness, versatility, and multi-purpose capabilities of the re-imagined Astrodome venue. The installation would transform the entire building into a spectacle of multimedia, as it once was, but more capable of showcasing a greater variety of contemporary artistic, entertainment, advertising, and interactive content.
By deeply integrating the media installation with the architecture of the building, it can help to create, and become part of a new post-reopening identity for the Astrodome. Rather than simply restoring the Astrodome, a considerable feat of its own, the STAR DOME seeks to go further – to reanimate not just the public image of the Dome, but the original uncompromisingly innovative spirit from which it was born, and in doing so modernize the Houston icon to more adequately reflect the identity of the Energy Capital.