This 38,000 square foot exhibit opened and ran for three days. For PlayStation, the objective is always to portray “new” – new games, new platforms, new adrenaline rush. The primary design concept for the 2001 E3 exhibit utilizes an umbrella environment of deconstructivist architecture composed of the faceted polygons used in CG environments. Other influences include origami and Japanese robots.
Substantial parts of the exhibit were reused where image wasn’t critical. The entire 3-story tech building was on its second usage and was designed for reuse based on a “sausage” concept. Meeting rooms could be cut off at both ends to adapt to future needs. All of the aluminum and steel was recycled. Wherever possible, theatrical lighting on lightweight fabric scrim was used instead of laminate and wood walls. All fabric scrims were on their second usage. Also wherever possible, surfaces had large vertical (elevation) effect, while having absolute minimum horizontal (plan view) mass.
The exhibit comprised 170 game kiosks, 24 meeting rooms, and two open theaters.
Mitchell Mauk (Principal in Charge), Laurence Raines, Ingrid Ballmann, Christiane Forstnig
38,000 sq. ft.