Budding architects lap–up Minecraft depiction of Dundee’s V&A
February 21 2014
Artists working for Dundee videogame firm 4J Studios have made this possible after publishing an architecturally inspired ‘texture pack’ for the hit video game Minecraft– allowing a painstaking digital depiction of the city’s soon-to-be V&A museum to be built.
By taking Kengo Kuma’s design and translating it into the virtual world of Minecraft the team have been making waves in the real world with a front page splash in the Evening Telegraph which detailed their video game version of the waterfront.
The low-definition depiction is a far-cry from glossy architectural rendering, more closely resembling a giant Lego set than reality but this hasn’t put off millions of gamers from entering its simplistic worlds to flex their own creative muscles.
Lead artist David Keningale commented: “We have a new ‘texture pack’ which is architecturally inspired and we wanted something modern to show people what it is capable of.
“We thought there was nothing better than the new V&A building to show that. The new city pack will allow users to build more modern and high resolution buildings.”
The bricks and mortar V&A will begin construction this August but it is the Minecraft version which may do more to inspire a new generation of budding architects.
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