Fabric Images, Inc. Constructs Fabric Architecture in Deep Space Adventure

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The Adler Planetarium recently debuted their news experience that combines technology and textiles for an out of this world experience. To enhance their interactive presentation technology, Adler enlisted the manufacturing skills of Fabric Images, Inc. in Elgin, IL to build and install a fabric environment that would highlight their new attendee experience.

As part of its first major renovation since 1967, the Adler Planetarium enlisted Fabric Images, Inc., to engineer and construct a tensioned fabric space portal and gallery area to its new Deep Space Adventure exhibit. The Clark Family Welcome Gallery is a futuristic, intelligently-illuminated tensioned fabric environment that introduces visitors into the Grainger Sky Theater.

The gallery entry way which is also comprised of Fabric Images, Inc. tensioned fabric and aluminum frame architecture serves as a backdrop for the recently upgraded interactive areas within the waiting area. The fabric skins that covered the interior structure serve as a backdrop for the attendees to actively participate with a host of interactive presentations in the staging area. With its debut to the general public on July 8, the exhibit served as an immersive space experience touted as being “second only to actual space travel,” as it takes visitors on tour of the universe.

Fabric Images, Inc. President & CEO, Marco Alvarez, said, “It was our extreme honor to be picked as the fabric architecture partner for the Deep Space Adventure in the Adler Planetarium. The organic nature of fabric architecture was a perfect marriage to enhance the “wow” aspect of the newly integrated projection system that is one of the new highlights in the Deep Space Adventure.”

Planetarium visitors can interact with the gallery via multimedia presentations by contemporary space explorers in a dynamic environment of light, sound, and fluid architecture. “Fabric is an ideal material and solution for dressing an environment with personality and uniqueness. Adler’s newest experience captures this point in dramatic fashion,” said Leo Boczar, Director of Communication for FI. “The use of fabric architecture in permanent installations like the Deep Space Adventure is becoming more frequent, thus elevating fabric architecture as a viable construction methodology in interior design and interactive experiences,” said Boczar.

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