NorthernLight has designed the exhibition and landscape for the Sirius Art & Science Park in Sochi, Russia. A full-scale mockup of the Buran orbiter will be installed at Sirius Art & Science park. In the mid-1980s, the Russian space shuttle was used as part of the facility for integrated tests on the orbiter systems and equipment. Since 1992 the mockup had been preserved in storage.
The mockup will become part of the popular science space exhibition in the former Olympic media center in Sochi, which will include a curated collection of exhibits, interactive multimedia, immersive experiences with cutting edge technology and classic science center hands-on exhibits. The park, aiming to popularize the achievements of Russian science and high technologies, musical and pictorial arts and ballet, is a multifunctional public space of which the first phase will open in 2018.
Buran takes center stage
The building of the recreational zone “Cosmodrome”, the entry zone of the area, has recently started, with the Buran orbiter being the centerpiece. The “Cosmodrome” will become the first zone accessible to visitors to the park and will include a popular science exhibit and a planetarium with a dome of 15 meters in diameter.
Dozens of labs have already been set up in the park for design and research activities, as well as workshops, exhibits, showrooms, classrooms, music and ballet classes. Here the pupils of the Sirius Educational Center pursue their studies and it is the place where all Russia’s scientific and technical festivals and engineering competitions are held.