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©Courtesy of Trustees of Sir John Soane's Museum feature Restoring - At Least Virtually - One of England's Greatest Lost Buildings The worldwide architectural community takes part in 3D modeling of Sir John Soane's legendary Bank of England B Y J A ne t A d A m s s t r o n g (above) The Consol's Transfer Office as built, drawn by Joseph Michael Gandy, with figures added by Antonio van Assen (1799). I t is an experiment that is as exciting as it is unprecedented: Robert A.M. Stern Architects (RAMSA) joined with Hewlett Packard, CASE, NVIDIA, Sir John Soane's Museum in London, Sir John Soane's Museum Foundation in New York, and - significantly - the world at large to recreate, virtually, major portions of the Bank of England, the demolished 18th-century masterwork of one of England's most original architects. Tantamount to bringing an extinct species back to life, the outcome presents the opportunity to experience a lost treasure in all its spatial richness. The project also offers vast potential to advance collaborative architectural practice, scholarship, history, and preservation in ways not yet imagined. Project Soane was conceived in 2014 when Hewlett Packard (HP) invited RAMSA to put forth one of its projects as the subject of an HP-sponsored renderings competition. RAMSA partner Graham S. Wyatt, AIA, proposed instead the 3D modeling of the Bank of England, followed by a competition for interpretive renderings. Wyatt had come to know the Bank of England as a student in London, where he joined the ranks of architectural cognoscenti inspired by the work of John Soane. Regenerating this mythic building was the realization of a dream. A master's laboratory Soane worked on the bank for 45 years (1788-1833) and, gaining the trust of his clients, took greater creative license to study the architecture intensely, tinker with the rules, and devise novel solutions. As the bank grew to finance the Revolutionary and NaReinventing Architecture: Design in a Digital World Winter 2015 Oculus 21

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Oculus - Winter 2015

First Words Letter from Two Presidents
Letter from the Editor
Center for Architecture
One Block Over
Opener: Practical Attitudes
ICE in the River: Cornell Tech’s Center of Connectivity
Restoring – At Least Virtually – One of England’s Greatest Lost Buildings
At the Corner of Past and Present
The Design-Fabrication Dynamic
How Big Data is Reshaping Architecture
Architecture at the Digital Edge
3D for the Defense
Thinking Beyond the Flat Page
In Print
51-Year Watch
Last Words
Index to Advertisers

Oculus - Winter 2015