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Old 08-06-2008, 08:56 PM
 
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Had the opportunity to snap a few quick pictures of the exterior of the new convention center and Shimmer Wall today. I also stopped in to check out the new Marriot next door. It has only been open for 8 days at this point. Has a cool looking italian restaurant inside and a starbucks attached to the lobby.

These pictures were taken on August 6, 2008

Convention Center






Shimmer Wall (Cool!)









The New Marriot Hotel adjacent to the Convention Center





http://www.city-data.com/forum/membe...-dsc08521.html





Lobby





Restaurant





Lobby





Links with more info:
Marriott will nearly double downtown Raleigh hotel rooms :: WRAL.com
newsobserver.com | Raleigh's shimmer wall draws attention (http://www.newsobserver.com/news/wake/raleigh/story/1137946.html - broken link)
newsobserver.com | Videos:: : Raleigh's Shimmer Wall
Raleigh Convention Center:Homepage
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Old 08-06-2008, 09:34 PM
 
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Looks like everything is coming along very nicely.
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Old 08-07-2008, 08:29 AM
 
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I really hate the firewall at my work! I can't wait to see these pictures when I get home. We had brunch at Poole's last Saturday and took a look at the shimmer wall in person. It is awesome. The constant movement of the "pixels" really is beautiful, something that is hard to capture in a still photo. I can't wait until they turn the LED's on when the convention center opens!
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Old 08-07-2008, 08:33 AM
 
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I am going there in Oct for an event and I can't wait to see it in person!
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Old 08-07-2008, 09:08 AM
 
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I really hate the firewall at my work! I can't wait to see these pictures when I get home.
I'm not sure how firewalls work, but I have the pictures from this post in my City-data Album as well. You *might* be able to view them there in the meantime.

My city-data photo album
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Old 08-07-2008, 09:13 AM
 
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what is the shimmer wall? Does it change? Or is it reflecting, i cant tell.
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Old 08-07-2008, 09:44 AM
 
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The shimmer wall is awesome...its made of thousands of "Pixels" that move with the breeze. Can't wait to see it in color like on this link, but its beatiful without too. On a windy day, the view driving down Dawson is really beautiful. I vote for some strategically placed benches so that you can sit and watch it. You need to be a half a block or so away from it to really appreciate it. Here is the info about it:

Raleigh Convention Center: Convention Center Shines with "Shimmer Wall" Courtesy of Cree, Inc. (http://www.raleighconvention.com/index.php/homepage/news?action=news-detail&neid=29 - broken link)
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Old 08-07-2008, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Downtown Raleigh, NC
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I'm not sure how firewalls work, but I have the pictures from this post in my City-data Album as well. You *might* be able to view them there in the meantime.

My city-data photo album
Thanks, they are great!

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what is the shimmer wall? Does it change? Or is it reflecting, i cant tell.
twoisbetter pretty much summed it up. The pixels are tiny squares of metal (aluminum?). The image of the tree is static (doesn't change), but the entire thing moves with air movement as the pixels flutter - imagine the entire image with a wave running across it with the wind such as the left side of the wall in NRG's photo:



The shimmer wall was built to cover up the convention center's giant (and unattractive) HVAC system, so the pixels will probably always have some amount of movement to them even if there isn't a lot of wind due to the system working behind it. I've heard that the LED backlighting will be able to be programmed to change colors for various different occasions, such as holidays, special events, etc. I love it! A great addition to Raleigh's developing skyline.
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Old 08-07-2008, 10:25 AM
 
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I don't want to derail this thread-great pics, NRG!-but, is the Days Inn Downtown a tough walk to this place? Mapquest has it at .85 mile, but is that walkable, or like crossing major highways?
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Old 08-07-2008, 10:02 PM
 
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I don't want to derail this thread-great pics, NRG!-but, is the Days Inn Downtown a tough walk to this place? Mapquest has it at .85 mile, but is that walkable, or like crossing major highways?
All of downtown is walkable. It's pretty compact, and there are no highways running through it.
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