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CASE STUDY: ROPPONGI HILLS

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Inside one of the largest restaurants in the fashionable Roppongi Hills district in Tokyo, Japan, is probably one of the most innovative hologram installations ever commissioned.

Japanese company The Soho Hospitality Group asked New York interior architects and designers Rockwell Group to organise the installation of a piece of innovative high-tech art in a sushi section of the restaurant. Rockwell, in turn, asked London-based holographic expert Spatial Imaging to do the piece.

The Roppongi J restaurant is located on the fifth floor of the trendy West Walks complex. The restaurant has three dining areas.

The holographic display sits in its international cuisine section.

The aim of using a hologram was to bring about something unique, reflecting the architectural space of the building in a contemporary, technological fashion.

The concept - appropriate for a sushi bar - resulted in a design using fish in conjunction with an interior waterfall feature. Each of the fish holograms hangs from a walkway across a main pool and the effect is of fish appearing to leap within the waterfall.

Such an installation is an innovative example of combining a holographic display, architecture and interior design. The display won the Best of the Year Award at the 2003 Holography Awards and the category award for Promotion/ Illustration.

Visit Spatial Imaging's website at:www. holograms. co. uk

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