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July 15, 2015

Robert A.M. Stern Architects Launches Project Soane, A BIM Reconstruction of Soane's Bank of England

Robert A.M. Stern Architects Launches Project Soane, A BIM Reconstruction of Soane's Bank of England
Robert A.M. Stern Architects, Autodesk, HP, NVIDIA, CASE, CGarchitect, and Sir John Soane's Museum have joined forces to engage architects to help recreate Soane’s Bank of England as a crowd-sourced three-dimensional building information model. The Bank's interiors, demolished in the 1920s in what is now considered one of modern architectural history's greatest losses, are admired today for Soane's spectacular use of Neoclassical forms, natural light, and effects of scale. Project Soane is a worldwide crowdsourcing effort to virtually reconstruct Sir John Soane’s Bank of England using modern BIM technologies.

Robert A.M. Stern Architects, always interested in the application of digital technology to traditional forms, has been involved in the conception of the initiative, will oversee the creation of the model from historical documents provided by Sir John Soane’s Museum in London, and will serve as jury for the rendering competition. The team at Robert A.M. Stern Architects explored the Soane Museum's archive of original drawings to compile reference kits for two of the Bank's facades and two of its most admired rooms.

Upon registration, participants will receive access to the reference kits on Autodesk®A360®. Also included in each kit is an Autodesk® Revit® software file, containing all the crowdsourced contributions. Participants contribute to the Revit file, and check it back into A360 when they are done. All individual contributions will be merged back into the master room templates. This process will be managed by the Revit software team at CASE to ensure accuracy, consistency and completeness. Contributors will receive worldwide recognition and a chance at over $20,000 in prizes.

Project Soane will be realized in two phases:

PHASE 1: Crowd-sourced BIM Modeling with Autodesk Revit and A360 (July 2015 – December 2015). Using Autodesk Revit as the modelling platform and Autodesk A360 as the crowdsourcing collaboration platform, participants will contribute to the virtual BIM reconstruction of Sir John Soane’s Bank of England. Prizes will be awarded to the individuals and teams in a number of categories including: (1) most innovative use of Revit, (2) most prolific contributor, (3) greatest student contribution, (4) most active and supportive community member, and (5) best team effort. Submissions are open from July 14, 2015 to November 15, 2015.

PHASE 2: Rendering Competition (December 2015 – May 2016). The second phase is a rendering and visualization competition based on the crowdsourced Revit models created in Phase 1, and will run through May 2016. More details about this phase will be released in the future. In the interim, you can register to be notified on updates below.

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