Experiencing innovation in lost architecture

Creating an enhanced visitor experience and insight into innovative designs of the past through virtual reality technologies.

Through the use of virtual reality technology, it is now possible to provide an embodied experience of original designs, overlaid on the existing fabric of buildings.

Walking through Jørn Utzon’s vision for the Sydney Opera House using VR

Imagine if the Sydney Opera House had been built to Jørn Utzon’s original vision. Both visitors and scholars would have access to the genius behind the innovative design that won the international competition in 1956. His spectacular resignation from the project in 1966 meant that many parts of the design were never physically realised.

Through the use of virtual reality technology, it is now possible to provide an embodied experience of these original designs, overlaid on the existing fabric of the building. This overlay will create an enhanced visitor experience and insight into innovative designs of the past, which can be used by designers of the future.

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A VR-led recreation of the Italian Pavilion at the Paris International Exposition of 1937

This project tests a new methodology for fostering innovation in architectural history and design. It has transformative potential for architectural historians to use an experiential method for understanding and analysing ephemeral architecture designers.

These designers will have experiential access to this ephemeral architecture as a precedent for innovation in their own design process communities, and will gain knowledge about avant-garde moments in world architecture though experience.

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