Polidome 300 geodomes have been around the world!
It couldn’t have been better! Spherical cinema for Volvo Ocean Race
For the first time in history, we had the chance to witness geodesic tents designed specifically for the Volvo Ocean Race, the largest round-the-world sailing regatta. POLIDOMES geodesic tents served as geodesic cinemas, and as brand showcases for the main organizer of the event, VOLVO.
The Volvo Ocean Race is a multi-stage round-the-world yacht race. The regatta has been held every three years since 1973, and since 2001 has been sponsored by Swedish car maker Volvo. It is the most prestigious event of its kind in the world, comparable to an F1 Grand Prix.
To complete the task of building a spherical cinema, we used a Polidome 300 geo dome. The organizer’s vision was to present the history and idea behind the Volvo Ocean Race to as many people as possible. The 300m2 tent was able to house up to 150 people at a time. The spatial design and practicality of POLIDOMES geodesic marquees allowed for ease of movement and communication, making the job much easier for the cinema personnel. The Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015 called at 11 ports on six continents. The teams participating in the Volvo Ocean Race in 2014 were as follows:
1. Team SCA – Sweden, for the first time in history consisting solely of women
2. Abu Dhabi – UAE
3. Dong Feng Race Team – China
4. Team Brunel – the Netherlands
5. Team Alvemedica – USA &Turkey
6. Mapfre – Spain
7. Team Vestas – Denmark
Apart from sporting events, Volvo offered a wealth of activities for all adults and children who visited the ports at which the Volvo Ocean Race teams dock. A Polidome 300 accompanied the VOR at all ports. Our design, as a cinema darkroom, implemented a Ferrari two-tone shell, Pollywood flooring with water ballast to ensure not only quality, but – above all – the safety of the structure.
Our success at the Volvo Ocean Race showed that POLIDOMES is a premiere partner in the organization of events on a large scale. Due to the logistical constraints involved in this incredible undertaking (we are unable to move the equipment on time from one port to another), all VOR facilities are organized in duplicate.
The amount of equipment and construction is jaw-dropping: from sail sewing machines to full service, portable workshops and the like. The Volvo Ocean Race bought two identical POLIDOMES 300 geodesic tents with flooring. The structures alternated at each successive port, and thus could not be seen simultaneously in two different places. The unique design, versatility and portability of our products, combined with their safety, durability and reliability, are the most important reasons to consider our Geodome marquees.
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