The new series of augmented reality of WashPo Starts with a virtual look on the ceiling of the orchid Elbphilharmonie de Herzog & de Meuron



The Washington Post has launched a new series of augmented architectural reality that will allow readers to thoroughly examine the details of some of the most innovative new buildings in the world. For the first time, architecture critic Philip Kennicott recounts an AR projection of the unique ceiling of the main concert hall of the recently completed Elbphilharmonie Orchestra of Herzog & de Meuron in Hamburg, Germany.

"With this technology, we can insert news into the reality of a reader, simply by using a phone, headgear or physical triggers required to recreate state-of-the-art physical spaces," said Joey Marburger, Head Reviews for The Post.

"Criticism has always been a robust description," says Kennicott. "But allowing the viewer to move in a space of will is a game changer for architectural critics, and this is the first time we have had access to a technology that simulates being present in the current building."

In the first story, intuitive navigation guides you through the design behind the complex ceiling of the concert hall, consisting of 10,000 unique panels generated parametrically to provide optimum acoustics.

To view the AR feature for yourself, download the Washington Post Classic application from the Apple App Store, then click this link to the story here. Then simply point your camera to the ceiling of any room and follow the steps that will appear on the screen. The experience is currently only available for iOS devices.

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