Noor Architects joins Metaverse

Led by its director, Noor Dasmesh Singh, Noor Architects has entered the metaverse. The Chandigarh-based study recently joined this expanded virtual space with a specially created extension of its physical practice, opening up opportunities for experimentation, exploration, and perhaps solutions that may be reflected in the material world of the future. . “Our deeply rooted modernist ethos resulted in a clean, almost monumental space surrounded by sloping surfaces printed from the ground,” Singh says. We joined him in a discussion about the possibilities this new dimension has to offer.

The Metaverse and Noor Dasmesh Singh

Noor Dasmesh Singh. Photo: Ashish Sahi

W *: What inspired you to create a metaverse study?

NDS: It started as a pure academic exercise in the think tank of our Roon (mirror of Noor) practice. The metaverset has fascinated us, and the quest to learn more about this hyper-reality began about nine months ago as we spent time and resources engaging more intimately with this space. Our practice study in Metaverset is a natural extension of ours [over a decade old] workshop in Chandigarh. It goes back to one of the budding ideas in Metaverse – customizable, ever-changing avatars. Therefore, our metaverse study is our avatar. It is the work of love of architecture unrestrained and free from the limitations imposed by technology, engineering, geology, and the laws of physics. We have invented a new expression for this kind of architecture – “post-architectural”. It effortlessly blurs boundaries and embodies the idea that “everything is possible, everything is one”.

W *: What possibilities do you see in the meta-verse that you would not have in the physical world?

NDS: Metaversen is a highly charged space imbued with possibilities. It is found in every architect. The metaverse architect would be able to create without being aware of the pragmatic concerns about physical, economic, material, technological, technical constraints. [and those of] time, space and life of building materials.

W *: Tell us about your physical study and what you do.

NDS: We are an award-winning interdisciplinary study that delves into architecture, urban planning, strategy and interior design. We have made a conscious effort to work in different scales and typologies, which helps our works to be relevant and context-adapted. Our deep interest lies in combining linguistic craftsmanship with new technology. We are currently involved in a number of different projects, from the design of a fascinating anatomy museum to PGIMER [a public medical university in Chandigarh] for the strategic planning of five ski lifts, for private homes and tailor-made offices and for factory design for an electric mobility company. We also design a small line of furniture inspired by Pierre Jeanneret’s creative genius and his legacy for this year’s Maison & Objet in Paris.

W *: And can you tell us where the metaverse’s work is on a daily basis? What role does he play?

NDS: [It’s] no different than creating projects in the physical world. This requires rigor by following the same creative process as a project can go through the physical world. It’s just this metaverse [work] brings great flexibility and imagination that a physical project may not have. It is our post-architectural studio that is not bound by the boundaries imposed by the material reality of things.

W *: What was the first project you worked on in the meta-verse?

NDS: It was the first in a series of rapidly evolving prototypes that culminated in our study – the first major project we embarked on. It made more sense to first create our presence and set up our studio before accepting orders from potential customers.

NDS: The meta-verse encourages and enables the creation and compilation of ideas, and [the generation of] storage, which may not be entirely possible in the material reality at present, but which is likely to push the boundaries of building design and construction techniques. It is highly likely that the existence of these ideas will lead to technical solutions that would enable them to become material reality in the very near future. Our study strives to develop infinitely adaptable, inherently humanistic, potentially avant-garde, post-architectural design.

W *: And what’s the next project for you there?

NDS: We are working on an experience center for our existing customers – a young electric city mobility company EVage. The program will present the technological aspects of electric vehicles. Just like in the physical world, the user has to walk through a specially designed room and familiarize themselves with the components of the vehicle. The maze of architectural spaces would lead to a large showcase for vehicles. You may be able to book meeting rooms via your phone and host meetings within your respective avatars. As this comes to be in the metaverse, the laws of physics and gravity can be defied, and an almost dreamlike experience of imagination and the physical world collide. A place for the joy of a user! Another project in sight, the idea of ​​a home for a few artists. §

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