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Dresden Palace, 1678

Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden -

Grünes Gewölbe


Completed: 2011

The Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden commissioned a model to illustrate the architectural history of the Dresden royal palace for the permanent exhibition. The first step was the computer reconstruction of the building as it was in 1678. The reconstruction was masterminded by the Digital Design Unit at the Darmstadt Technical University, which produced a film with virtual zooms and tracking shots. Architectura Virtualis accepted the commission to complement the film with a haptic model of the entire palace precinct.

Like many other projects, the Dresden model exemplifies the enormous advantage of rapid prototyping. All buildings could be checked for accuracy on the computer. In the event of new information on the history of the building coming to light, it is relatively easy to amend the virtual model and to reprint and to exchange the section in question.
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