Finnish Pavilion

Interactive 3D Virtual Reality Installation


Project Description

Finnish Pavilion at Paris World Fair in 1900 is a 3D reconstruction of the pavilion explored in virtual reality environment. The reconstruction is a three-dimensional, digital installation presented in virtual reality environment. Wearing circular polarization glasses and using natural human gestures, the visitor is able to access a space created using stereoscopic display.

The virtual model of the pavilion can be examined both inside and outside. Spatial sounds are used to make the experience feel real, as if one were moving inside a historical building. Inside the pavilion model there are digital three-dimensional replicas of some artifacts that were exhibited in Paris.  At the time they represented the best Finnish design, construction and crafting skill.

The Finnish Pavilion project has been  exhibited in various venues and events:

  • Finnish National Archives, Helsinki, Pro Finlandia exhibition, 3 December 2014 – 18 June 2015

  • Gallen-Kallela Museum, Espoo, Akselin aarteet (Akseli’s Treasures) exhibition, 21 September 2012 – 12 May 2013

  • Lu.Be.C. 2010 exposition and conference, Lucca, Italy, 21–22 October 2010

  • Design Museum, Helsinki, studio space, summer and fall of 2010

  • Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo, Estrelas do design finlandês exhibition, March 2010

  • Design Museum, Helsinki, Fennofolk – New Nordic Oddity exhibition, 11 June – 28 September 2008

Project Details

  • Role

    UX Design
  • Date

    2008-2011
  • Client

    Helsinki Design Museum
  • Technology

    Unity3D, MS Kinect, Stereoscopic Projection, Custom Software

Finnish President Sauli Niinistö trying the installation out at Finnish National Archives, Helsinki, Pro Finlandia exhibition, 3 Dec 2014 – 18 Jun 2015

Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo, Estrelas do design finlandês exhibition, March 2010

Interior of the Pavilion

Exterior of the Pavilion

Iris room, interior of the Pavilion

National Archives, Helsinki, Pro Finlandia exhibition, 3 Dec 2014 – 18 Jun 2015

Lucca, Italy, Lu.Be.C. 2010 exposition and conference, 21–22 October 2010

Design Museum, Helsinki, Fennofolk – New Nordic Oddity exhibition, 11 Jun – 28 Sept 2008

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