An award winning Interactive Design studio in London
ARki is an Augmented Reality gallery of Architecture, and a toolkit for 3d designers. The App presents several prominent architectural projects across the world, using 3d models directly from the architects. Each project depicts the story behind the design using simple animations, and interactive features which help demystify the complexities behind architectural design, and ultimately make architectural assets more accessible to everyone.
Hermaton exhibited at Bosch Shine Arts festival in s’Hertogenbosh showcases an AR game installation, where seven giant flowerpots are covered with artwork that trigger different levels of the game. Each flowerpot digitally augments into a virtual maze that players get to navigate around and explore new landscapes. Each level can be experienced by finding and switching on the various light-bulbs within this surrealistic maze.
*Winner of Best Augmented Reality Mobile App at AWE 2013
Hermaton is an augmented reality exploration game designed as a large scale spatial installation. The premise of this project lies in its capacity to harness augmented reality as a spatial medium which transcends mere visualisation and enters a dialogue between physical and digital space. The large scale nature of the installation allows a greater understanding of how augmented reality can affect us at an architectural level and change the way we inhabit and perceive the built environment. The AR system is enlarged to occupy an entire room by covering each wall with trackable markers which can be experienced on both Android and ios devices.
Grid is an Augmented Reality environment which provides a spatial configuration for real-time gaming at an architectural scale. This project showcases a prototype of the AR environment devised at one to one scale to test the possibilities of augmented reality in the built environment.
An interactive game installation is proposed across a number of sites in London, by introducing a social game intervention known as “Detonator”. The main goal of this project is to create gaming hot spots which utilize augmented reality to transform the city into a series of interactive playgrounds. This ideally responds to the cultural/social and political conditions of the site to create an installation which will be a contextually relevant to the area and make visible the underlying political concerns of the site.
The studio was founded by Sahar Fikouhi in 2012, after having worked for several architectural design studios including Foster and Partners. Today the studio is a mix of developers, designers and engineers, all working together to make revolutionary augmented reality experiences.