The Dome at Westfield San Francisco Centre
The iconic glass and steel dome, unveiled to great acclaim in 1896, sits at the center of the building that was once home to the former Emporium department store. Designed by renowned architect Albert Pissis, the dome and the Market Street façade are signature features of the building. Destroyed by the 1906 earthquake and fire, the dome was rebuilt in 1908. Throughout the early 20th century, its rotunda was a hub of social activity, featuring a two-tiered bandstand and a café where concerts were held every Saturday night. The phrase “Meet me under the dome” became part of the San Francisco vernacular for decades.
In 2006, the dome was fully restored and elevated 168-feet above Market and Mission streets as part of the building’s revival as Westfield San Francisco Centre. The 102-foot diameter, three-story structure weighs 500,000 pounds and features more than 800 crown and lunette windows and 900 lights. The space once again commands attention as the home of the Centre’s Restaurant Collection Under the Dome.
- The dome’s interior surface area of 11,781 square feet makes it nearly three times the size of a standard IMAX screen (3,801 square feet) and nearly 1,000 feet larger than the largest IMAX screen available, providing for an unforgettable experience.
- Nutcracker Under the Dome uses the latest techniques in projection mapping technology matching the architecture of a location to transform almost any surface into a dynamic video display. Customized hardware and software are combined to wrap, morph, and mask projected images to fit pixel-perfectly onto irregularly shaped canvases.
- Obscura Digital wrote the show’s upbeat and whimsical musical score, which concludes with a re-orchestration of Strauss' famous Tritsch Tratsch Polka.