The current Great Globe model has a unique control panel which allows the globe to highlight its features.

Observation Bridge

64 meter high, 400 meter long, 2 level walkway encircles the globe permitting up close viewing. The lower level is enclosed.  The upper deck is open and viewers can reach out and touch the tiles as they go by.

The bridge is entered from elevators in the support structure on the south side.

Zero  G Ring

120 meter diameter vertical circular track inside the globe allows capsules to coast back up before being towed back up to the top of the ring and then released again for free fall.

The inside of the globe can be used for a multi-story water park, hydroponic gardens, or 3D theater.

Zero Gravity  Capsules

Passenger capsules free fall 120 meters simulating weightlessness.

Harnesses hold you in an upright position and allow some movement as you transition to zero G.

On the inside of the globe 3D projected images will give the illusion of outer space, under the sea, or other virtual environments.

Amphitheater

10,000 seat open air venue for concerts, lectures, and informal gatherings. The globe will provide shade as well as dramatic panoramic views of our planet from below.

The spherical “ceiling” should provide excellent acoustics as well as a slightly disorientated feeling with the moving globe above.

Equator

This red ring represents the equator. It is tilted to vertical because the axis of the globe is pointing to the North Star.

To be an accurate model of Earth in the universe the angle of the axis must equal the latitude of the location of the globe on Earth.  For Paris that angle is 48 degrees.

Geodesic Structure

128 meter diameter “tube and node” space frame is assembled from 17,000 steel tetrahedrons.  160,000 tile panels, each holding 81 tiles, are mounted to the framework with quick attach devices.

The globe rotates once every 90 minutes.

Panel Robot

Existing tiles will be continuously replaced with new tiles. Tile panels holding 81 tiles will be automatically removed by robot cranes that move around on a  track on the observation bridge.

The robot syncs up with the moving globe and “docks” with the selected panel.

Center Stage

The stage provides a unique showcase for entertainment as well as a venue to discuss ideas that impact Earth.  Lights and sound systems must be suspended from cables from the outside edge of the amphitheater because of the rotating globe overhead.

Minnesota Globe

This 12.8 meter globe was built by 11,000 students in 1993 at the University of Minnesota. It was covered with 1620 1m panels they made in their classrooms.

The 128 m globe will be covered with 10,628,820 3D colored tiles made by millions of students around the world.

Lifting Towers

100 meter tall “tower crane” segmented structural columns raise the circular pedestrian bridge from ground level to midpoint of the globe.

Lowering the bridge gives an unobstructed view of the globe at night. 6 meter tall tower segments are removed and added in rooms below grade.

Globe Interior

The interior of the surface of the globe is covered with a white Teflon coated water- proof fabric. This gives a totally dark environment for large scale 3D projection.

The cantilevered deck will hold thousands of people and exhibits from around the world.