Carried out by a team of postgraduate students at King’s College London, Centre for Computing in the Humanities, it provides an opportunity to look at the East Wing of Somerset House from a completely new perspective.

Located on the Strand in central London, the East Wing will soon host different departments of King’s College, with the ground floor remaining open for the general public as space for exhibitions and other cultural events. This comes as a result of a long-awaited agreement between the university and Somerset House Trust, finally reached in December 2009. In this important moment of their university’s history, the teachers and students involved in the Applied Visualisation in the Arts, Humanities and Cultural Heritage module saw an opportunity to put their skills into practice and produce a virtual model of the East Wing available in the virtual world of Second Life.

Created using architects’ plans, careful measurements, and reference photographs and videos, the model incorporates different types of content, in order to serve as a source of comprehensive information about the site that could not be contained in any other single medium. It provides traditional, textual information on the building, a plan of the ground floor, and a 3D visualisation. Making use of avatars and tools exclusive to Second Life it makes it possible to get a more embodied experience of its space, further enhanced by “augmented reality” features like teleports and Head-Up Displays (HUDs). Feel free to explore this website to find out more about the project.

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