Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home and studio, is a property and the first one that will be made available through an immersive online 3D experience led by Leica Geosystems. This experience is possible thanks to a recent collaboration between both stakeholders.
Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, is specialized in measurement technology. The company will capture, document, and deliver immersive 3D experiences featuring the iconic architect’s properties.
The Arizona property attracts more than 100,000 tourists each year. Now, the world can explore Taliesin West through accurate and detailed 3D models of the physical site that will allow viewers to virtually experience the property as if they were actually there.
The online Taliesin West experience was created using technology and services from Leica Geosystems, Multivista and Matterport. It goes beyond traditional 3D renderings, documentation, and virtual online tours by capturing the property from every dimension – the exterior grounds and the interior home along with architectural details including 3D views and floorplans.
The Leica BLK360, Multivista construction documentation services, and the Matterport 3D cloud platform are part of the technologies that will be used to transform Taliesin West.
Technically speaking, the Leica BLK360 is a 3D imaging laser scanner that enabled to capture the home. It provides data in two ways: firstly, via a 360º spherical imagery that feeds the visual immersive experience and secondly, in the form of a point cloud, a dimensionally accurate laser reproduction of the property that can be used for the Foundation’s preservation efforts.
The point cloud can even be loaded in popular CAD and BIM software for highly accurate renovations and careful design changes should the need arise.
As for the Matterport Pro2 camera and cloud platform, it facilitates the creation, modification and even navigation in 3D versions of real-world spaces. In August 2017, Ericsson Ventures invested 5 million $ in the media technology company in order to enable it to develop its services.
Back to Leica Geosystems, the company will also work in another property under the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Stewardship. This partnership will enable Leica Geosystems to show how much digital innovation enables to capture, document and preserve architectural history.
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