Technical Info

This is an overview of the technical requirements for hosting a luminarium. A more detailed technical manual is available on request.


Site Visit

A site visit is strongly recommended to ensure the optimum installation of the structure and to determine any specific needs prior to event.



Luminaria are easy to transport – a structure 1000m2 will fit on 5 standard pallets.  Once the right luminarium for a given site has been identified Architects of Air will then obtain quotes for the transportation.


Crew / Stewards

The promoter will provide 6 to 8 workers to assist in the get-in and the get-out of the luminarium and 8 stewards for managing the public.


A luminarium is simple to install, and will take between 4 and 8 hours depending on the size of the structure and the ground surface (grass or hard surface). A site plan and eventually a site visit will help determine the best position of the luminarium. Being modular a luminarium can adapt to many different types of locations. Once installed, the luminaria are inflated only during the hours of opening to the public and are deflated overnight.


Surface / Anchorage / Ballast / Flooring

A luminarium can be installed on grass or hard surfaces. A grass surface will require anchorage with pins (up to 120 anchorage points), whereas a hard surface will require ballast (5 to 12 tons). A hard surface will require an intermediate cover to be placed between the surface and the structure.



The promoter will provide one output of 32 amps, 240 volts, 50/60hz, single phase supply. Power is required for the full duration of the installation period.



The luminaria require frequent cleaning so a water supply is required. Drinking water should also be provided for the staff.



Depending on the size of the luminarium 120 - 170 meters of waist-high barrier are required to surround the structure.



The promoter is responsible for the security of the luminarium at all times. Overnight security is required from the time the Exhibition Managers leave after deflating the structure until the time they return to the site the following day.


Reception Area

Architects of Air supplies an inflatable tent for the reception area that is located in front of the airlock entrance. The promoter will supply seating for the visitors.



Luminaria function in a wide range of weather conditions: 

Rain -  is rarely a problem except if there is poor site drainage.

Heat - If the sun is out it will generally be warmer inside the luminarium than outside.  Promoters sometimes choose to install air-conditioning but heat may be reduced by having opening hours that avoid the height of day or choosing a shady location. 

Cold - luminaria are exhibited successfully down to -5°C.  If cold conditions are anticipated the promoter will provide heaters and polyurethane foam sheet to insulate beneath the structure.

Wind – To keep a good safety margin the Exhibition Managers will ask the public to leave the luminarium if the wind starts to gust over 35km/hr.

To avoid the weather altogether the luminaria can be set up indoors.

Lighting / Illumination

The public can be admitted after dark if the promoter provides appropriate lighting. The luminarium can also be very effective as a night-time ‘son et lumiere’ installation when illuminated from inside.


All the luminaria have been evaluated by independent structural engineers and each luminarium has its own ‘SAFETY DOSSIER’ available on request.