School of Architecture

Hosted by

The University of Queensland

When

Saturday 13 October 2018 12:30pm to 4:00pm

Where

THE END ROOM, L2 BRISBANE SQUARE LIBRARY BRISBANE SQUARE,

266 GEORGE ST, BRISBANE CITY

Registrations

Registrations for this event are now closed

This event offers the public a chance to virtually tour two versions of Brisbane’s oldest standing building – the Heritage listed Old Windmill Tower on Wickham Terrace.

UQ researchers and students have used 3D laser scanning to capture the fine details of the Old Windmill Tower inside and out, and created a virtual reality (VR) version that you can navigate through and examine in detail. The historic graffiti, stone colour and texture, timber detailing and central stairs have all been included so you can experience the rare pleasure of being in the windmill tower, even when you can’t visit in person.

The two versions are the current state of the tower, as well as a speculative version of what the tower was like in the 1840s, when it still had its sails, and prior to the renovations that increased the height and stripped out the milling equipment.

This VR experience is based on research into the history of the Tower, as well as using the measurements from current 3D laser scanning to ensure that the fundamental dimensions and characteristics are correct. It’s a testing of architectural history theories that we hope to adjust as more evidence of the historical configuration of the windmill comes to light.

Even if you don’t like VR headsets, you can come and see the VR models on a screen during this interactive display.