At the end of August Kilograph, a creative collective of architects, game developers, and 3D artists based in Los Angeles, received a prestigious CGArchitect 3D Award for its work on Suspension House, a multi-story VR experience.
Kilograph Wins Interactive Category
Suspension House won top honors in the Interactive category of CGArchitect’s annual 3D awards competition, beating out thousands of other entrants within the larger contest. The 2018 Interactive category, which includes AR (augmented reality), VR (virtual reality), and emerging technologies, was judged by a panel of 15 industry experts and based on three criteria: originality, overall impression, and user interface/user experience (UI/UX).
Suspension House is a full architectural immersion, done in collaboration with Fougeron Architecture, to showcase the natural environment and relationship between it and a house the architecture firm designed in a remote part of Napa Valley, California. As the viewer explores the house and its surroundings, they can trigger changes to the weather and time of day to provide a wider picture of what it would be like to actually live in the house prior to its construction and completion. The process is invaluable to architecture clients.
“Kilograph is at our best when we get to be creative, and we had a lot of leeway on this project,” said Keely Colcleugh, founder and CEO of Kilograph. “To be recognized for an experiment is a total thrill, and only gives us more motivation to keep pushing the boundaries of unbuilt applications.”
Kilograph used “gazed-based” navigation, inspired by some of its favorite games, so users can teleport around the environment. The whole goal was to create an experience that didn’t depend on controllers, leading the team to create visual icons that would appear when a viewer looked around in that direction. The navigation and even the ability to turn on and off elements can be completed using your eyes.
The Suspension House project team included: Juan Carlos Ramos Figueroa, Chris Kiser, Jackson Doherty, Lienny Ruiz, John Michael Wilyat, Erick Schiele, Josh Neiman, and Denzil Maher. Suspension House will be on display at the A+D Museum Wireframes exhibit, appearing September 8 – November 25 in Los Angeles.
Kilograph is a creative collective of architects, game developers and 3D artists based in LA. Through experiments in narrative, movement and aesthetics, Kilograph is cracking the code on how to make viewers deeply engage with a design. Our digital experiences have helped people and companies like Gensler, Nike, Zaha Hadid Architects, and Ford tell visual stories on-screen, online and out in the world. For more information, visit: http://kilograph.com/.