Safely storing small nuclear waste
In Dessel, north of the city of Antwerp, arises a set of warehouses that are quite out of the ordinary. On a former festival ground, the NIRAS centre for nuclear energy is building a facility that will store and dismantle small nuclear waste. To inform locals as well as the public at large of exactly how this potentially dangerous waste will be stored and what safety measures are taken, NIRAS included a visitor centre in their plans. Here, the ins and outs of nuclear waste disposal are clarified in interactive installations that explain complex solutions in very visual setups.
Turning info into entertainment
Our task: to design and build the multimedia part of an exhibition that turns rather dry information into an experience. This experience ought to be both delighting and enlightening. Our basis was the text for the audio guide that would lead visitors all along the exhibition. To turn this neutral storyline into something that would titillate all senses, we turned to our toolbox and designed a wide array of interactive installations. We built an ‘energy valley’ with over a thousand LED lights. We cooked up a kinect application that shows you just what radiation does to, say, a Hiroshima employee. And we used projection mapping to breathe life into a miniature city, highlighting the parts where radioactive waste is being produced.