LocationNational Gallery of Victoria
Place of publicationMelbourne, Vic.
Every year, the NGV Architecture Commission invites unique architectural responses to activate to activate one of Melbourne’s great civic spaces, the Grollo Equiset Garden at the National Gallery of Victoria. Architectural submissions explore new propositions about architecture and design, and demonstrate innovation in material use, fabrication, sustainability and recyclability. The winning submission designed by Melbourne-based M@ STUDIO Architects, titled Haven’t you always wanted…? is a playful reinvention of a suburban car wash in Blackburn. However, visitors only experience the built structure but are not exposed to the creative process surrounding the design of the de-materialisation of the original car wash that led to the final design of the pavilion. This creative work deals with the problem of dematerialisation and the effects on the visual appearance of the structure at different times of the day. It uses Virtual Reality technology to provide members of the public with an accessible, immersive, live like and animated simulation to engage with the problem of materiality and architecture.
The interactive virtual reality experience provides visitors of the NGV with the ability to explore and change the material design of the pavilion. Each change made to the structure results in shifting light and shadow patterns – highlighting the potential of virtual reality as a tool for design and architecture. The VR experience simulates the passing of a whole day in only three minutes and visitors can observe how their design responds the colour shift as day rapidly turns to night and the backdrop of virtual Melbourne morphs into a scene of peace and solitude, surrounded by trees and the starry night sky.
This collaborative project brought together expertise from researchers in the RMIT Centre for Game Design Research, M@STUDIO Architects and d_Lab at RMIT. It has been exhibited in the NGV Grollo Equiset Gar
Publication classificationJC2 Curated Exhibition or Event – Exhibition/Event
Editor/Contributor(s)Jacques Mark, Boothroyd Dean, Newnham Cameron, Martinez Karla
Recognition, awards & prizesMelbourne Design Showcase and announcement between Victorian Government, Hong Kong Design Centre (HKDC) and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC)
Date: Wednesday 17 May 2017
Location: Hong Kong Maritime Museum, Central Ferry Pier No. 8, Man Kwong Street,
EventIf Only... Enter a world of Design
PublisherNational Gallery of Victoria