It’s called I_Dome and it will be standing in the heart of Florence from 1 May through 31 October 2015, under the patronage of Expo 2015. The exterior reproduces the architectural forms of Brunelleschi’s dome in exact proportion, employing innovative construction techniques and contemporary materials; in the interior, instead, a concentrate of technology at the service of Florentine artisan expertise. The I_Dome, eight and one-half meters high and six meters in diameter, will be installed in the third courtyard of Palazzo Vecchio.
The exterior of the I_Dome is built of reflecting materials to lend a sense of lightness and permit perfect integration with the installation site: it is modern and ‘neutral’ to avoid clashing with the features of site architecture. The I_Dome faithfully reproduces the lantern, the eight sides, the upper drum, the lower drum and the ribs of the original dome, all in a modern key.
Inside, the most up-to-date multimedia reproduction systems dynamically animate the dome to illustrate the excellences of our territory and represent them with wraparound spectacularity. One of these systems employs video mapping, a new frontier in art and technology: projection of computer-graphic images onto real surfaces for stunning 3D effects.
Thanks to this and other new technologies, a striking ‘full-immersion’ video about Florence and its cultural, artistic, and landscape attractions envelops visitors in a unique 360° presentation made up of images, sounds, and atmospheres. Interactive touch-screen monitors to allow visitors to perfect their acquaintance with the city; theme videos to recount the multifarious facets of the expertise, know-how and can-do attitude which set the territory apart. The monitors also offer visitors the opportunity to check – online and in real time – the event schedules for Florence and Tuscany during the entire Expo 2105 period.