2016 NGV Architecture Commission: If only…?

RMIT Centre for game design research, m@ studio architects and d__lab rmit

Tags BioCameron Newnhamd__LabDean BoothroydKarla MartinezM@ STUDIO ArchitectsMark JacquesRMIT Centre for Game Design ResearchStefan GreuterVivian Mitsogianni

 ‘If only…’ is a collaboration between the RMIT Centre for Game Design Research, M@ STUDIO Architects and d__Lab RMIT which focusses on game design experience and architectural design.

The project uses the architectural design by M@ STUDIO Architects for the 2016 NGV Architecture Commission titled “Haven’t you always wanted…?” which has transplanted a familiar object (a suburban car wash) into an unfamiliar surrounding (the art gallery) and explores ideas of ‘uncertain conditions’ and ‘dematerialisation’ using materials such as multiple layers of cricket netting – that create moire effects – and hot pink astro turf.

 ‘If only…’ asks what if you could experience the changes you make to an architectural design in real time and from inside the architectural space and see the effects of the transformation from morning through to evening. The materiality of the pavilion can be changed in ways that may not, in reality, be possible or practical (such as gold netting), while the participant teleports to different locations inside and outside the pavilion.

 ‘If only…’ also works with and extends some of the themes of the M@ STUDIO pavilion in order to develop atmosphere, mood and experience. It offers bubbles, fog, ghostly portals, the chill of a cold night and just you inside the pavilion changing the materials as many times as you like and watching the shadows, seeing what happens as the sun rises and sets. If only…


Virtual Reality Design RMIT Centre for Game Design Research
Experience Design Associate Professor Stefan Greuter
Programming Yvette Wouters
3D Model Conversion Stephanie Kelso
3D Modelling and Design Josh Tatangelo
Technical Art Alexander Perrin
Music and Sound Design Dom Willmott
Fan Software Programming Brad Hammond
Fan Hardware Design Daniel Macnish
Computer Hardware Design Garry Keltie

Virtual Reality Creative Direction and Concept Design
M@ STUDIO Architects & d__Lab RMIT
Associate Professor Vivian Mitsogianni , Professor Mark Jacques, Dean Boothroyd
Cameron Newnham, Karla Martinez with thanks to Leona Dusanovic, Thomas Sheehan and Kerry Kounnapis

Architectural Design and 3D Modelling  M@ STUDIO Architects