Noor Architects joins Metaverse

Under the leadership of its Director Noor Dasmesh Singh, Noor Architects has entered the metaverse. The Chandigarh-based studio recently joined this expanded virtual space with an extension created specifically for its physical practice, opening up possibilities for experimentation, exploration and possibly solutions that can be reflected in the physical world in the future. “Our rooted modernist ethos has resulted in a massive clean space surrounded by sloping surfaces printed from the ground,” Singh says. We joined him in a discussion about the opportunities this new dimension should present.

Metaverse and Noor Dasmesh Singh

Noor Dasmesh Singh. Photography: Ashish Sahi

W*: What inspired you to create Metaverse Studio?

NDS: It began as a purely academic exercise at the Research Center of the Roon Practice (Mirror of Light). The main idea piqued our interest, and the quest to learn more about this hyper-reality began about nine months ago, when we devoted time and resources to getting more intimately involved with this space. Our Metaverse practice studio is a natural extension of our [over a decade old] Workshop in Chandigarh. It returns to one of the german ideas of the Metaverse – customizable and ever-changing avatars. Therefore, our metaverse studio is our avatar. It is a labor of love for architecture unfettered and free from the limitations imposed by technology, engineering, geology and the laws of physics. We have coined a new term for this type of architecture – ‘post-architecture’. It easily blurs boundaries and embodies the idea that “everything is possible, all is one”.

W*: What opportunities do you see in the metaverse that you didn’t have in the physical world?

NDS: The metaverse is a highly charged space awash in possibility. It is present within every architect. The metaverse architect would be able to create without being aware of the pragmatic concerns of physical, financial, material, technological, and technical limitations. [and those of] Time, place and longevity of building materials.

W*: Tell us about your studio and what you do.

NDS: We are an award-winning multidisciplinary studio that delves into architecture, urban planning, strategy and interiors. We have made a conscious effort to work in various scales and patterns, helping our business to be relevant and contextually relevant. Our deep interest lies in integrating vernacular craftsmanship with emerging technology. We are currently involved in a variety of projects, from designing an impressive anatomy museum to PGIMER [a public medical university in Chandigarh] to the strategic planning of five sites for ski lifts, private residences and custom offices, and the plant design for the electric mobility company. We’re also designing a small collection of furniture inspired by the creative genius and legacy of Pierre Jeanneret for this year’s Maison & Objet in Paris.

And *: And can you tell us where the metavirs work on a daily basis? What role does he play?

NDS: [It’s] Not unlike creating projects in the physical world. This requires the subtlety of following the same creative process, as the project can pass through the physical world. It’s just this metaverse [work] It brings a great deal of flexibility and imagination that a physical project might not have. It is our post-architecture studio, which is not bound by the limits imposed by the physical reality of things.

And *: What was the first project you worked on in the metaverse?

NDS: This was the first in a series of rapidly developing prototyping that culminated in our studio – the first major project we embarked on. It made sense to establish our presence first and establish our studio, before receiving orders from potential clients.

NDS: The metaverse encourages idea creation, aggregation, and empowerment, and [the generation of] Storage, which may not be entirely feasible in physical reality at the moment, but is likely to push the boundaries of building design and building techniques. It is very likely that the existence of these ideas will lead to engineering solutions that will make it possible to turn them into a physical reality in the very near future. Our studio aspires to develop architecture design that is infinitely customizable, human in nature, potentially avant-garde, and post-architecture.

And *: And what’s your next project there?

NDS: We are creating an experience center for our existing clients – the EVage Company for Electric Urban Mobility. The program aims to introduce the technological aspects of electric vehicles. Just as in the physical world, the user must walk in a specially designed space and learn about the components of the vehicle. The maze of architectural spaces will lead to a large display of vehicles. You may be able to book meeting rooms through your phone and host meetings within your avatars. As this will be in the metaverse, the laws of physics and gravity can be challenged and a near-dreamy experience collides with the imagination and the physical world. A delightful place for the user! Another project on the horizon, a residency idea for artists. §

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