The Dreamworks Animation Zone at Motiongate, the Hollywood-inspired theme park by Dubai Parks & Resorts, has been named as one of the top winners at the IES Illumination Awards. The project, designed by Gallegos Lighting Design, has received one of the two Awards for Excellence in the Illumination Award for Interior Lighting Design category.
Areas showcasing four DreamWorks productions – Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar and How to Train Your Dragon – define this 45,000 m2 indoor, permanent immersive experience. The design includes four major ride attractions, 12 smaller attractions, five thematic retail outlets, four sit-down restaurants and general area ambience.
The challenge was to use the latest lighting technology to transform a large, intricate space into a warm and personal experience with no visible technology, as would be appropriate in the four different “worlds.” A combination of architectural and theatrical lighting design techniques create dimensional and kinetic layers of light to recreate images from the movies and to create unique, all-encompassing environments that let visitors feel part of each area.
A project-wide programming and control system enables subtle and dramatic variations in light colour and intensity and suggests movement and direction through timed sequences and triggered looks.
The design team sourced standard fixtures and custom decorative fixtures from Europe, the US and Asia; of the thousands of fixtures used for the project, over 95% are LED.
More information about all the IES Illumination Award winners is here.