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Farnsworth House Headlines Second Life.com
November 20, 2007, 6:32 pm
Filed under: farnsworth house, maximilian milosz

Congrats to Maximilian Milosz – his faithful replication of the Farnsworth House by Mies van der Rohe shows up on Second Life’s home page!  It doesn’t come up every time – you might have to hit refresh a few times to cycle to it.  http://www.secondlife.com

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Update: Designer Dingson’s Installation of the Farnsworth House

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Designer Dingson has completed his installation of the Farnsworth House on Architecture Island in Second Life.

Designer Dingson: “I worked with Troi Timtam on the landscaping (who was wonderful), she chose to use the tall thin white barked trees so as to echo the strong verticals on the house.

The upper gardens feature a small apple orchard and the viewing platform from which you get a clear look out to sea and a great view of the house.

Planting was briefed to create a relaxed and peaceful environment, butterflies and sounds are incorporated. The viewing platform in the upper gardens was designed to echo the farnsworth, when seen from above it is very similar in form (the descent hole mirroring the chimney on the farnsworth, the steps echo the steps on the farnsworth) I designed the viewing platform to create an unfolding view as you move along it, the roses overhead emphasise a feeling of enclosure but as you move towards the viewing point the enclosure opens and you emerge to enjoy the view – I kept a little bit still hidden by the purple tree which helps to create a sense of intrigue.”

Nice work Designer! Thanks!

Check out the build HERE.

Update (2007-04-12): Designer has provided some updated images that can be viewed HERE.



The Bartlett House

If I had to isolate the most commonly held concern real life architects have with building their projects in Second Life, it’s that the building tools are too limiting. They claim that realistic architecture is difficult, or even impossible to achieve using the in-world building tools.

While I normally reserve the content of this blog for topics related specifically to real life architecture, I see the Bartlett House as one of the finest examples of virtual architectural representation I’ve seen so far. This build goes a long way toward describing the level of detail and expressiveness this medium affords, and clearly raises the bar for architectural representation in a virtual world.

Charlotte Bartlett chose a brilliant mashup of rock star contemporary virtual architect Scope Cleaver with the champion of contemporary furniture, Maximilian Milosz. Visit the build on the Elysian sim, which is now open to the public.



Villa Savoye: Progress Report

Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye, by Anton Brody is one to keep an eye on.  The build already looks very promising.

Given his careful attention to detail, and deep concern for historical accuracy, it should have been no surprise that Anton started working in Second Life under the invitation and tutelage of Maximilian Milosz, of Maximimum Minimum. I will post progress shots as it evolves, and look forward to touring the final build! Hopefully we can convince him to install it on Architecture Island!