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Grimshaw Architects Designed a New Structure at Shanghai Disney ResortWednesday 29 November 2017
Grimshaw Architects Designed a New Structure at Shanghai Disney Resort ⇒ The renowned architecture practice, Grimshaw Architects has recently completed a new structure for the newest theme Park, Tomorrowland, at the Shanghai Disney Resort. The architects were asked to design the enclosure and surrounds of the spectacular “TRON lightcycle power run” roller coaster. The structure presents numerous elevated pathways, water features, linked open spaces, and an extraordinary ribbon-like shape. The steel attraction is regarded as one of the main attractions of the park.
The arcing ETFE Canopy perfectly traces the curves of the roller coaster, which was achieved by the architects in close collaboration with Walt Disney Imagineering Research & Development. This also allows visitors to take cover from the sun or rain.
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The TRON ride blends perfectly with the natural landscape, not to mention the series of native plants that punctuate the structure’s curved paths. To provide the full fantasy and experience, lighting effects were incorporated into the landscape that surrounds the astonishing roller coaster.
“We came up with the idea of creating a certain topography; a three dimensional form where we have ramps and stairs, where movement through the park became almost an experience in its own right,” disclosed Andrew Whalley, the Deputy Chairman of Grimshaw. “The park centrepiece is the lightweight structure and the ETFE foil roof, so we took this idea a step further, with it being very exciting if the ride explodes out and through the roof structure.”
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Photos credit to Stefen Chow