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Science World

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Identification

Science World
Telus World of Science
184827

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Structure in General

high-rise building
existing [completed]
composite structure
pile foundation
aluminum
curtain wall
futurism

Usages

cinema museum

Facts

  • Opened as Expo Centre, main entrance for Expo 86.
  • The central dome contains the OMNIMAX Theatre.
  • There are 391 lights, 766 triangles on the dome.
  • The theatre screen is 27 metres in diameter and was the largest in the world on May 6, 1989.
  • Nicknamed by many as the "golf ball".
  • October 15, 2004 Science World announced a $9 million, 15-year Telus Corporation sponsorship, with a possible name change in 2005 to TELUSphere.
  • 182 piles support the building and at high tide the clearance of the deck is 1 foot.
  • The Alcan OMNIMAX Theatre seats 400 and the length of the ramp leading to it is equal to the length of two football fields.
  • Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II officially opened Science World in October 1987.
  • Former president of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev participated in a student forum at the centre in March 1993.
  • Dr. Stephen Hawking, the famous physicist, visited the centre in June 1993 to talk to 150 students with disabilities.
  • The geodesic dome has an area of 33,530 square feet.
  • Annually more than 500,000 guests visit the centre.
  • The 2005-6 renovation included new dome panels and exterior halogen lighting as well as a 35,000 sq. ft. interactive science park outside the complex.

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Location

1455 Quebec Street
1455 Quebec Street
V6A 3Z7
Mount Pleasant
Vancouver
British Columbia
Canada

Technical Data

155.18 ft
7
1984
1986
2006
172

Involved Companies

Bruno Freschi

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Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
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