How can a space encourage peacefulness? How can it be designed to block out the bustling outside world? Can a room even encourage contemplation? These were the guiding design questions for OASIS immersion, a set of mesmerizing spaces that have been recently unveiled inside Montréal’s convention centre.
Located on the ground floor of Montréal’s convention centre — the Palais des congrès de Montréal — OASIS immersion is a walkable, no contact experience featuring three immersive galleries, two dazzling light installations, and a lounge area with a café and a boutique.
A space for the imagination
Once a bus terminus and a warehouse, the new OASIS immersion rooms include 105 laser projectors and 119 surround sound speakers. The state-of-the-art equipment creates 360° projections on walls and floors that capture the imagination and encourage contemplation.
The exhibitions for the general public will have specific themes and will change approximately every six months. Part of the mission of OASIS immersion is also to be a platform for Québec talent: sound, multimedia, technology, writers, and more. It’s also a space that enables local startups to flex their design capabilities.
One such partnership is with Stimulation Déjà Vu. The Montréal startup — which melds senses and neuroscience to create new emotions — have designed a signature scent that is released when people exit the experience. The scent was designed to create an energizing effect of well-being, to leave participants feeling refreshed and positive. At the entrance, OASIS immersion also offers a Déjà vu Sanistop hand sanitizing station.
And it’s also customizable
OASIS immersion was initially conceived to be an immersive experience for the general public. Event planners can, of course, purchase batches of tickets for their delegates to allow them to access the main experience. But the space is also customizable; it can be adapted for special events. In the future, event planners and AV specialists will be able to create visuals and design environments for specific groups. For example, a group could host an immersive opening cocktail in a room that designed to reflect the culture and vibrancy of Montréal itself.
Furthermore, food and beverage services are possible (cocktail style). Groups are not required to work with Capital Traiteur, the official Palais caterer. The team behind OASIS immersion has pre-qualified a short list of caterers that maintain and enhance the integrity of the experience — smaller, more specialized Montréal caterers. Simple bar service is also a possibility.
About the Palais
It’s difficult to summarize all the offerings of the Montréal convention centre into a single blurb: the space is big, versatile, and packed with art. It can play host to conventions that welcome thousands of people, or it can accommodate an intimate gathering of CEOs. In the past, its various rooms have been used for sporting events, massive electronic dance parties, and trade shows. The rooftop garden grows fresh herbs and houses a few colonies of honey bees. More recently, the Palais des congrès de Montréal unveiled high-tech video and podcast studios (entitled Propulsion) for creating compelling digital content, perfect for hybrid events.