Project Description

Beyond Three Dimensions | 跨越三維空間


Virtual Reality (VR) technologies bring great advantages as a transferable skill to designers, they are also a new medium to communicate concepts and realise creative visions. Viewing a design in VR requires the audience to put on a 3D display headset that completely covers one’s field of vision to create a sense of ‘immersion’. The visuals will appear highly realistic, as if putting the audience in a ‘first-person’ view situated at the building site.

Apart from the sense of depth, it further mimics the senses of light, texture and scale, which would otherwise be impossible to replicate with traditional plan drawings and 3D renderings. This breaks the communication barrier between visually proficient designers and result-driven clients (who is often less proficient in visual imagination), and encourages more collaboration between the two.

As a collaborator in「DesignXcel」with first-hand knowledge in VR, UFO conducted a 4-hour intensive course with architectural design freshmasonries Carol Ng and Mono Tung. Using the professional software ‘Unity’, they would learn to present their university projects in VR format.

Carol’s project ‘The Hidden Architecture’ involves a matrix of underground space beneath King George V Memorial Park, Sai Ying Pun. She further highlighted its distinct physical properties. For example, the temperature inside the tunnel stays around 16-18°C throughout the year. Since the tunnel does not receive any natural sunlight from above, people who stay in the tunnel would not have a sense of time. With limited visual connection to the surrounding cityscape, people eventually also lose their sense of direction in the grid-form tunnel. However, the underground space allows them to be released from the reliance on visual senses. In the confined underground space, the quietness, feeling of darkness and other non-visual senses take over to give the audience a unique sensory experience.

Mono’s project ‘Revisit Michael Webb The Cushicle & Suitaloon With Material Research On Silicone – Pneumatic Structure Supported With Air & Silicone Module’ explores the possibility of using the materiality of silicone as a viable architectural material. Utilising the softness and elasticity of silicone, he proposed to build a network of pneumatic structures that are programmable and reactable to the environments. His work is inspired by the architect group ‘Utopie’, which was established in France during the 1960’s as an avant-garde architectural movement. The inspiration led to Mono’s bold and surreal proposal of a dynamic architecture.
Both Carol and Mono’s projects involved highly innovative solutions that have no clear reference in existing designs. Thankfully with VR, they were able to put potential clients/ audiences directly into the virtual environment, allowing them to have immediate sensation of the space. As time progresses, the technology of VR will only improve to accomodate a more truthful experience in virtuality, extending further into mimicking other senses.




吳同學的項目「The Hidden Architecture」包含了西營盤國王喬治五世紀念公園下的地下空間。在作品中,她進一步強調了其獨特的物理特性。例如,隧道內的溫度全年保持在16-18°C左右。由於隧道沒有從上方接收任何自然光,隧道中的人將沒有時間感。由於與周圍城市景觀的視覺聯繫有限,人們最終也失去了在網格形隧道中的方向感。然而,地下空間使他們不再依賴視覺感官。狹窄的地下空間安靜而黑暗,知覺由其他非視覺感官接管,這為觀眾帶來獨特的感官體驗。



Design Graduate:
NG Ka Lam, Carol
TUNG Chiu On, Mono

Unity Future Optimizer (UFO) Company Limited | 優孚奧學校


The University of Hong Kong Faculty of Architecture 香港大學建築學院