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To glorify the medieval passageway running through the centre of the site at ground level; by creating an oculus looking skywards, a vertical plane running through the building should connect the central soffit below with the rooftop garden and skyscape above.
To deliver an impressive large-scale audiovisual installation that would transform the public highway into an experiential artistic encounter for visitors travelling through the passage between Fenchurch Street and Fenchurch Avenue.Next: The Technology
The LED screen comprises of 540 panels spanning 180m² (13.8m x 12.9m) suspended face down from a height of 9.5m. Due to the height of the LED screen, all panels are fully front serviceable to allow easy access for maintenance requirements. Absen’s 5mm LED solution from their award winning N series range, with reliable and robust mechanical design has undergone rigorous testing to meet European standards. The panels are 40% thinner and 30% lighter than other standard LED products on the market thereby reducing mount frame complexity and total weight.
Live content feeds from two Axis 4K resolution outdoor grade cameras mounted on the roof of the building. Both have in dome housings, PTZ capabilities and are IP66 rated for increased field of view. Controlled by software, preset positions can be saved to enable a variety of views. The artistic concept for the media dictates a verticality of perspective, therefore one camera points skywards at the wisteria canopy, and the other downwards to the garden below.
Feeds from the cameras and media player route to the LED display via an upstream Crestron DigitalMedia matrix. A tvONE CORIOmaster video wall processor configures the output resolution and aspect ratio required for the LED display, scaling the content to ensure impeccable quality. This videowall processor is one of the most flexible and capable products on the market. In a 1RU chassis, it is exceptionally compact yet supports multiple windows that can be resized, added, removed and rotated dynamically on the wall. It is one of the few processors on the market with the ability to accommodate the custom resolution of the LED screen.
Due to its exposure to the elements, Jacarta Interceptor Pro monitors temperature and humidity levels via sensors installed above and below the LED screen. Early warning notifications are configured and the screen can be switched on or off as required should fluctuations in temperature or humidity occur.
Sysco’s dedicated team ensured that this milestone project was completed in time for the London Festival of Architecture opening on 1 June 2018. The space will evolve with plans to integrate two speakers for an audio soundscape created in collaboration with Savanh Phaophanit. Edited precisely to create moments of synchronicity, the dialogue between video and sound will heighten the sensory experience.
Strong collaboration with Sir Robert McAlpine enabled a seamless integration of all elements of the audiovisual infrastructure including the LED screen in the central atrium, the two live cameras on the rooftop garden and system control and interface in the AV control room. Overcoming the challenge of installing an LED screen weighing approximately 4 tonnes at a height of 9.5m required concise structural engineering calculations, detailed planning and precise execution.
Thorough research and investigation presented the LED ceiling as the preferred option due to its high brightness, design flexibility and capacity to be suspended face down from a height of 9.5m. Focusing on three key areas, the viability of the solution was ascertained through structural analysis, M&E assessment and review of the system operational capability in its entirety.
Sysco were invited to generate designs that envisaged the client’s innovative vision yet complied with structural constraints and building regulations. Initial ideas included projection, however factors such as throw distance, lack of service space and ongoing maintenance concerns eliminated this option following in depth feasibility analysis on the technological integration possibilities.