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RIBA Presents An Online Virtual Reality Exhibition

Still from inside VR exhibition ‘FREESTYLE_ Architectural Adventures in Mass Media’

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has launched a social VR experience of the exhibition ‘FREESTYLE: Architectural Adventures in Mass Media’.

In response to the lockdown of all buildings and galleries, RIBA has moved its cultural programme online and commissioned multidisciplinary design studio Space Popular to create a new way to experience the FREESTYLE exhibition, which opened in RIBA’s London Architecture Gallery in February.

A still from inside VR exhibition during the press Morning while we are Avatars ‘FREESTYLE_ Architectural Adventures in Mass Media’
A still from inside VR exhibition during the press morning, we are all Avatars ‘FREESTYLE_ Architectural Adventures in Mass Media’

Visitors will enter the online exhibition as an avatar (using a standard web browser). Here, they can meet friends and family virtually, and wander through a redesigned space of the original gallery interior, exploring objects from the RIBA’s Collections. The experience will take visitors on a journey through 500 years of architectural style evolution and will consider how architectural styles are influenced by popular culture and technology.

Still from inside VR exhibition ‘FREESTYLE_ Architectural Adventures in Mass Media’
A still from inside VR exhibition ‘FREESTYLE_ Architectural Adventures in Mass Media’

The virtual reality space will host a series of online events: 

Tuesday 26th May at 6.30pm Monday & 8th June at 6.30pm (part of London Festival of Architecture) 

Virtual Curator Tours with Shumi Bose  Join our curator for an online tour of our virtual exhibition, FREESTYLE – Architectural Adventures in Mass Media.

Thursday 28th May at 6.30pm  

FREESTYLE: In Virtual Reality (in partnership with e-flux) 
Join designers Space Popular and architecture and design critic Oliver Wainwright in RIBA’s first virtual reality talk, streamed live from the virtual exhibition space.

Still from inside VR exhibition ‘FREESTYLE_ Architectural Adventures in Mass Media’
Still from inside VR exhibition ‘FREESTYLE_ Architectural Adventures in Mass Media’

 

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