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Experiencing the Italian Pavilion in Virtual Reality

Article by Ryan Malcolm

Initial case study: a VR-led recreation of the Italian Pavilion at the Paris International Exposition of 1937.


The burgeoning User Experience Design sector of the CDI is focussing on recasting the way students, architects and the public experience historical architecture by using virtual reality technology to recreate true to life depictions of buildings that are no more. Modern technology allows users to experience architecture in a way that provides a much more comprehensive understanding of a building’s intended purpose, rather than visualizing it through photographs, drawings and text descriptions. 

“An individual’s experience of architecture is fundamental to their understanding of it. I’m taking my research out of the books and publications and into creating an experience for people,” said project lead Dr Flavia Marcello.

The initial stages of the project are shaped around understanding the ideas behind the Italian Pavilion at the 1937 Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne in Paris where Italian fascist architecture announced itself on the world stage. A/Prof Marcello’s team has worked to reproduce similar architectural history using VR in order to allow wider audiences to get the “feel” of 1930s design.

The Italian Pavilion VR experience is now live, and can be viewed here: Italian Pavilion

Team members: Flavia Marcello, Jeni Paay, Jane Burry, Alison de KruiffAmbarish Kulkarni (FSET)

Dr. Flavia Marcello

Department Research Coordinator - Architectural and Industrial Design Associate Professor Flavia Marcello comes to Swinburne after a varied...

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Dr. Jeni Paay

Jeni Paay is Associate Professor in Interaction Design in the School of Design, Centre for Design Innovation, at Swinburne University of Technology,...

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Prof. Jane Burry

Professor Jane Burry is the Dean of the School of Design in the Faculty of Health Arts and Design at Swinburne University of Technology, formerly...

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