McLaren Engineering Group engineered the award-winning (2009 Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement) Kinetic Atrium at their Casino in Macau, China. The elegant and unique atrium, driven by several large custom mechanical assemblies, morphs from one architectural form to another in front of the patrons, creating an inspiring spectacle unlike any other.
The stars of the shows, are two interchangeable elements each on its own slip-stage that loads onto the lift in the basement. Each element is unveiled through a partial dome in the atrium’s floor, which breaks into six parts and creates an opening for a mechanical lift to elevate the elements into full view.
Golden “Tree” The Tree revolves as it rises and is a symbol of good luck in the local culture.
Dragon The large animated Dragon features a lotus flower, smoking nostrils, and bobbing head.
The show also features a 65 foot diameter sculpted dome ceiling featuring the Chinese zodiac that opens into a 12-section iris. When open, the iris uncovers an overhead LED screen, which in turn, later splits into two halves to reveal a black void filled with a massive chandelier. The 30-foot diameter chandelier changes shape vertically as it lowers and contains 15,000 crystals each embedded with an LED for dynamic illumination.
McLaren was involved in this project from the beginning, with concept level feasibility studies, and continued all the way to fabrication and construction. In between, the firm performed computerized pre-visualization animations, preliminary engineering, development of technical specifications, bidding support, and final design of the major effects. The firm’s participation also included full-time technical representation on behalf of the Owner in the fabrication shop and then on-site during installation.
Our Entertainment Engineers designed various methods of actuating different systems, including rack and pinion actuators, large-bore pneumatic actuators, ball-screw linear actuators, and wire-rope winches. There were large-scale protective interlocks incorporated to the specifications, as well as precise synchronization issues (such as for coordinated, moving architectural elements).