360 Degree Climate Dome

Multi-sensory immersive experience installation with VR goggles for trade shows and events

Visitor groups of up to 12 people can come face to face with seemingly unstoppable climate change in the Climate Dome at Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

Virtual reality installation at trade fairs for groups

A virtual reality experience takes them to Madagascar, a country particularly affected by the effects of global warming and one of BMZ’s priority areas. Wearing VR goggles in a 360-degree video, visitors can get a first-hand impression of the living conditions and challenges faced by the people of Madagascar. As well as seeing and hearing how the inhabitants of this African island nation are coping with climate change, they can feel the heat and dry air of the steppe or the cool sea breeze on the coast. Visitors can smell the dry soil and herds of cattle searching for scarce water supplies, and the salty, fishy smell of the coast. You are riding a motorbike through a local market, past stalls selling spices and vegetables. Inside the 360-degree climate dome, the journey to Madagascar feels very real. It is easy for visitors to forget that they are actually at an exhibition stand for the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. In any case, they are likely to remember their five-minute adventure trip.

Experience climate change multisensory in VR

Our partner company Super an der Spree was commissioned by the BMZ to create this multi-sensory adventure. It looks like an airy globe from the outside and can accommodate up to 12 people inside. At the entrance to the dome, visitors are fitted with specially prepared Oculus Go VR headsets. They sit in swivel chairs that allow them to turn in all directions and experience different perspectives. The olfactory and tactile sensations are generated by a ‘climate tower’ at the centre of the dome, designed by Garamantis. A presenter uses a tablet PC to control the 360-degree video, which plays synchronously on up to 30 VR headsets. The film was shot in Madagascar specifically for the ministry and produced for the mobile climate dome. There are already plans for further uses of the installation and more videos, as the Climate Dome attracted long queues at the BMZ stand during its premiere at the IdeenExpo trade fair in Hanover. Photos: Super an der Spree, BMZ/photothek

German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

Project facts

  • Client: Super an der Spree
  • Context: IdeenExpo trade show 2019
  • Implementation time: 12 weeks
  • Finishing date: June 2019
  • Virtual reality with 360-degree video
  • Climate Tower provides heat, wind and smell
  • 30 synchronous Oculus Go VR glasses
Internationale Wirtschaftsfilmtage

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Internationale Wirtschaftsfilmtage 2020, 7/2/2020

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Garamantis: Klimawandel 360°

StartingUp, May 2020
Berliner Zeitung

Virtual Reality, infrared lights, and odor‑emanating nozzles facilitate this omni sensory 5‑minute trip to regions where climate change already affects people’s lives. […] With VR, even journeys into the past or into the future are no longer a problem.
Klimawandel in der Kuppel

Berliner Zeitung, 2/26/2020

Visitors to the Green Week can experience how climate change is changing people’s lives in Madagascar today – until Sunday in a so-called climate bubble. A seven-minute film takes you to the island in the Indian Ocean in a dome-shaped tent. The special thing: With virtual reality glasses, you can look around freely in the film, as if you were really on site.
Virtuelle Reise in die Welt des Klimawandels

Tagesspiegel, 1/24/2020

“Climate dome” at the Green Week – How climate change in Madagascar feels with VR glasses

rbb24 Video

rbb24.de, 1/21/2020
rbb inforadio

In order to make climate change tangible, two young Berlin scientists have created an earth in virtual reality with their startup Garamantis – to be experienced at the Green Week.

Die Erde in Virtual Reality auf der Grünen Woche

RBB Inforadio, 1/21/2020
immersive learning news

The so-called climate dome, which the Berlin company Garamantis developed for the BMZ, allows up to 12 people to travel to Madagascar simultaneously via virtual reality, where the consequences of climate change are already clearly noticeable.
Den Klimawandel auf der Grünen Woche selbst erleben

Immersive Learning News, 1/17/2020
Märkische Oderzeitung

At the Green Week, visitors to the stand of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development can travel to Madagascar via virtual reality in a “climate dome”, where the consequences of global warming can already be clearly felt.
Klimawandel hautnah

Märkische Oderzeitung, 1/16/2020
ma report

In a 360-degree video, visitors were given an insight into the living conditions and challenges of the local people via VR glasses. They not only saw and heard how the inhabitants of the African island state dealt with climate change, but also felt the heat and dry air in the steppe, or the cool ocean breezes on the coast.
Am eigenen Leib

m+a report Messemagazin, September 2019
Stefan Trabant

Again, the technical realization of the 360-degree climate dome for the BMZ was super with Garamantis. Technically, qualitatively, innovatively and humanly a pleasure!

Stefan Trabant, Managing Director Creation at SUPER an der Spree

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