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Virtual House

Virtual House

Part of

People

  • Foreign Office Architects (creator)
  • Foreign Office Architects (archive creator)

Title

Virtual House

Dates of creation

1997

Level of archival description

Project

Extent and Medium

  • 295 digital files
  • 88 slides : col. ; 35mm
  • 32 printouts
  • 2 books

Scope and Content

File documents a project commissioned by the Anyone Corporation that was related to both a publication (The Virtual House, issue 19/20, September, of ANY magazine) and a seminar (an ANY Event: The Virtual House Seminar, held 21-22 March 1997, Berlin, Germany). The Foreign Office Architects were one of seven architectural firms to participate in the publication and seminar, and were asked to design a “virtual house” with a floor area of 200m2, 4 rooms, and an outdoor space.

This file contains presentation drawings, including computer-generated renderings of prototypes, interior and exterior perspectives and detailed plans, and slides. File also contains digital material that is currently being processed and is temporarily unavailable for consultation. Material in this file was produced circa 1997.

Reference Number

AP171.S1.1997.D8

Credit line

Foreign Office Architects fonds
Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
Don de Farshid Moussavi et Alejandro Zaera-Polo/
Gift of Farshid Moussavi and Alejandro Zaera-Polo

Language of material

Documents are in English.

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    • Reference Number: ARCH269303
    • Title: Computer-generated designs, Virtual House
    • Dates of creation: ca. 1997
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 1

    People:

    • Foreign Office Architects (architectural firm)
    • Foreign Office Architects (archive creator)

    Description:

    This group consists of computer-generated designs by the Foreign Office Architects for the Virtual House architectural commission, Berlin, Germany.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 roll(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 3 printouts

    Dimensions:

    sheets: 85.5 × 61 cm (33 11/16 × 24 in.)

    Physical Description:

    The printouts are rolled.

    Location:

    Germany

    Credit line:

    Foreign Office Architects fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Farshid Moussavi et Alejandro Zaera-Polo/
    Gift of Farshid Moussavi and Alejandro Zaera-Polo

    Folder Number:

    171-006-004R

    Objects that have been catalogued:

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    • Reference Number: ARCH269305
    • Title: Computer-generated drawings, Virtual House
    • Dates of creation: ca. 1997
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Foreign Office Architects (architectural firm)
    • Foreign Office Architects (archive creator)

    Description:

    This group consists of computer-generated drawings, many with sketches and notes, for the Virtual House architectural commission, Berlin, Germany.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 roll(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 21 printouts

    Dimensions:

    sheets (smallest): 21 × 30 cm (8 1/4 × 11 13/16 in.) sheets (largest): 31 × 44 cm (12 3/16 × 17 5/16 in.)

    Physical Description:

    - The printouts are rolled.

    Credit line:

    Foreign Office Architects fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Farshid Moussavi et Alejandro Zaera-Polo/
    Gift of Farshid Moussavi and Alejandro Zaera-Polo

    Folder Number:

    171-006-002R

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    • Reference Number: ARCH269474
    • Title: Virtual fly-throughs of computer-generated models, Virtual House
    • Dates of creation: ca. 1996
    • Form: born digital, video
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Foreign Office Architects (architectural firm)
    • Foreign Office Architects (archive creator)

    Description:

    Recordings of fly-throughs of 3D computer-generated design models for two separate projects by the Foreign Office Architects, including The Virtual House architectural commission, Berlin, Germany, 1997 (from 0 - 3:29 min.), and the Yokohama International Ferry Port Terminal, Japan, 1996 (from 3:30 - 33:24 min).

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 video recording(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 1 VHS

    Technique and media:

    Mp4 file; 33 min., 24 sec.; col.

    Dimensions:

    artefact: 10.5 × 19 × 2.5 cm (4 1/8 × 7 1/2 × 1 in.)

    Physical Description:

    - Physical carrier is a VHS videocassette tape.

    Inscription:

    inscribed, “Yokohama (04.97) VHS COPY NTSC”

    Credit line:

    Foreign Office Architects fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Farshid Moussavi et Alejandro Zaera-Polo/
    Gift of Farshid Moussavi and Alejandro Zaera-Polo

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    • Reference Number: ARCH270397
    • Title: Presentation drawings, Virtual House
    • Dates of creation: ca. 1997
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 40

    People:

    • Foreign Office Architects (archive creator)

    Description:

    This group consists of presentation material for The Virtual House, an architectural competition and conference in Berlin, Germany:

    - 2 books of presentation drawings, including computer-generated renderings of prototypes, interior and exterior perspectives and detailed plans. One book is dated 15 January 1997 and one is not dated;

    - 8 sheets of presentation drawings, including computer-generated renderings and plans.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 printout(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 0.02 l.m. of drawings (including reprographic copies)

    Dimensions:

    sheets (smallest): 19.9 × 29 cm (7 13/16 × 11 7/16 in.) sheets (largest): 29.9 × 42.2 cm (11 3/4 × 16 5/8 in.)

    Location:

    Berlin Germany

    Credit line:

    Foreign Office Architects fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Farshid Moussavi et Alejandro Zaera-Polo/
    Gift of Farshid Moussavi and Alejandro Zaera-Polo

    Folder Number:

    171-014-008

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    • Reference Number: ARCH272608
    • Title: Slides, Virtual House
    • Dates of creation: ca. 1997
    • Form: photographs
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Foreign Office Architects (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 slide(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 88 slides

    Dimensions:

    cases: 27.8 × 21.5 × 1 cm slides: 5.2 × 5.2 cm

    Physical Description:

    cases.

    Credit line:

    Foreign Office Architects fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Farshid Moussavi et Alejandro Zaera-Polo/
    Gift of Farshid Moussavi and Alejandro Zaera-Polo

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    • Reference Number: ARCH272658
    • Title: Documentary, Virtual House
    • Dates of creation: May 1997
    • Form: video
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Foreign Office Architects (architectural firm)
    • Foreign Office Architects (archive creator)

    Description:

    Contents are undetermined, but it is believed to be a documentary compiled by Fotostudie FSB. The VHS is labelled "The virtual house - Berlin 20th and 21st of March 1997". Also it is accompanied by a postcard from Jurgen W. Braun to Mr. Zaera-Polo.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 videocassette(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 1 VHS
    • 1 postcard

    Technique and media:

    Vhs videocassette tape

    Dimensions:

    artefact: 10.5 × 19 × 2.5 cm (4 1/8 × 7 1/2 × 1 in.) case: 20.4 × 12.5 × 3 cm

    Conditions governing access:

    • Original VHS is unavailable for consultation please contact Reference for further information.

    Credit line:

    Foreign Office Architects fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Farshid Moussavi et Alejandro Zaera-Polo/
    Gift of Farshid Moussavi and Alejandro Zaera-Polo

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    • Reference Number: ARCH274948
    • Title: Design development and presentation drawings, Virtual House
    • Dates of creation: circa 1997
    • Form: born digital, drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Foreign Office Architects (archive creator)

    Description:

    Partial contents of DVD ARCH269427. Original directory name: "013 Virtual house". Prevalent file types: .dwg, .dgn

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 260 digital files (1.2 GB)

    Credit line:

    Foreign Office Architects fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Farshid Moussavi et Alejandro Zaera-Polo/
    Gift of Farshid Moussavi and Alejandro Zaera-Polo

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    • Reference Number: ARCH275501
    • Title: Virtual fly-through of a computer-generated model
    • Dates of creation: ca. 1997
    • Form: born digital
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Foreign Office Architects (creator)
    • Foreign Office Architects (archive creator)

    Description:

    Partial contents of DVD ARCH269405, originally labelled "FOA-DVD-02. foreign office architects ltd. animations & presentations; movies: Virtual House, Yokohama, Hutchison, Bioplex, Tenerife, Gwangju. All lectures & projects in PowerPoint 2000 - 7/2002". Original file name: "VIRTUAL.FLI". A virtual fly-through of a computer-generated model for the Virtual House Architectural Commission.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 digital file(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 1 digital file (342 MB)

    Credit line:

    Foreign Office Architects fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Farshid Moussavi et Alejandro Zaera-Polo/
    Gift of Farshid Moussavi and Alejandro Zaera-Polo

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    • Reference Number: ARCH275516
    • Title: Drawings, including 3D renderings of plans, elevations, sections, and perspectives, Virtual House
    • Dates of creation: 1997
    • Form: born digital, drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Foreign Office Architects (archive creator)

    Description:

    Complete contents of CD-R ARCH274706. Original directory name: "Virtual House". Prevalent file types: .dwg, .jpg

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 35 digital files (55.7 MB)

    Credit line:

    Foreign Office Architects fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Farshid Moussavi et Alejandro Zaera-Polo/
    Gift of Farshid Moussavi and Alejandro Zaera-Polo

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    • Reference Number: ARCH275668
    • Title: Pesentation model, Virtual House
    • Dates of creation: ca. 1997
    • Form: models
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Foreign Office Architects (architectural firm)
    • Foreign Office Architects (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 model(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 1 model in painted plaster with plastic and glue

    Dimensions:

    model: 23 × 86,3 × 47,2 cm

    Physical Description:

    The model is in good physical condition, but one of the plastic railings on the structure has come unglued. Note that the model is in a case.

    Credit line:

    Foreign Office Architects fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Farshid Moussavi et Alejandro Zaera-Polo/
    Gift of Farshid Moussavi and Alejandro Zaera-Polo

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    • Reference Number: ARCH275964
    • Title: PowerPoint presentations, Virtual House
    • Dates of creation: circa 1997
    • Form: born digital
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Foreign Office Architects (archive creator)

    Description:

    Partial contents of DVD ARCH269405, originally labelled "FOA-DVD-02. foreign office architects ltd. animations & presentations; movies: Virtual House, Yokohama, Hutchison, Bioplex, Tenerife, Gwangju. All lectures & projects in PowerPoint 2000 - 7/2002". This group contains two PowerPoint presentations for the Virtual House Architectural Commission. Original directory name: "POWERP~1 \ PROJECTS \ VIRTUAL". Prevalent file types: .ppt

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 2 digital files (19.2 MB)

    Credit line:

    Foreign Office Architects fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Farshid Moussavi et Alejandro Zaera-Polo/
    Gift of Farshid Moussavi and Alejandro Zaera-Polo

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    • Reference Number: ARCH275974
    • Title: Presentation material, Virtual House
    • Dates of creation: ca. 1997
    • Form: born digital
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Foreign Office Architects (creator)
    • Foreign Office Architects (archive creator)

    Description:

    Partial contents of CD-R ARCH269582. This group contains plans, and images of computer-generated renderings for the Virtual House Architectural Commission. Original directory name: "VIRTUAL_". Prevalent file types: .jpg, .dwg

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 digital file(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 41 digital files, 7 folders (55.8 MB)

    Credit line:

    Foreign Office Architects fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Farshid Moussavi et Alejandro Zaera-Polo/
    Gift of Farshid Moussavi and Alejandro Zaera-Polo

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    • Reference Number: ARCH275996
    • Title: Renderings, including plans, perspectives, elevations and sections, Virtual House
    • Dates of creation: circa 1997
    • Form: born digital, drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Foreign Office Architects (archive creator)

    Description:

    Complete contents of CD-R ARCH269589. This group contains images of renderings, including plans, perspectives, elevations and sections for the Virtual House Architectural Commission. Original directory name: "Virtual House". Prevalent file types: .jpg

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 14 digital files (25.8 MB)

    Credit line:

    Foreign Office Architects fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Farshid Moussavi et Alejandro Zaera-Polo/
    Gift of Farshid Moussavi and Alejandro Zaera-Polo

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    • Reference Number: ARCH276000
    • Title: Presentation drawings and 3D renderings, Virtual House
    • Dates of creation: circa 1997
    • Form: born digital, drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Foreign Office Architects (archive creator)

    Description:

    Partial contents of CD-R ARCH269592. This group contains presentation drawings in the form of 3D renderings for the Virtual House Architectural Commission. Original directory name: "virtual house". Prevalent file types: .jpg

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 12 digital files (12.4 MB)

    Credit line:

    Foreign Office Architects fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Farshid Moussavi et Alejandro Zaera-Polo/
    Gift of Farshid Moussavi and Alejandro Zaera-Polo

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