Architecture, Culture and Tectonics Research Group

Digital Heritage

Lincoln Cathedral VR Exhibition Prototype


Digital Exhibition of Lincoln Cathedral

The University of Nottingham has been awarded a Digital Project Grant by Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.  The grant will go towards the Lincoln Cathedral Interactive Digital Exhibition project, which utilises the interdisciplinary experience of the team at the University of Nottingham and explores a cost efficient way to create an interactive digital exhibition of Lincoln Cathedral, combining TLS data and architectural storytelling.   A collaboration between Dr Lukasz Bonenberg, from Nottingham Geospatial Institute, and Dr Chantelle Niblock and Dr Laura Hanks from the department of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Nottingham.

Watch a prototype of the interactive digital exhibition, created by MArch student Yuqiang Ben


Virtual Reality Headset used to explore digital exhibition of Lincoln Cathedral

Paul Mellon Centre – Augmented Reality Interactive app

Working closely with the Lincoln Cathedral we have launched a cross platform application with Hotknife. We have created several laser scans of the exterior and interior of the cathedral and Hot Knife have  developed  techniques to deliver these scans in 360 video format that plays through the mobile application. The app’ tells the story of different aspects of the cathedral and the video – both standard and 360 video immerse the viewer and show perspectives of the cathedral that viewer wouldn’t be able to reach without technology.

Augmented reality brings new ways to explore the hidden architecture by visualing a three dimensional model in front of the viewer, allowing them to swipe a cross section through the model.

Download the app

Frederick Kiesler - Model for the endless House (1959)

Chantelle Niblock’s research examines the physical scaled model for the Endless House, made in 1959, and provides a new insight into the architect Frederick Kiesler's design methodology and his principle of continuity.  New laser scan data was used to create a 3D digital reconstruction of his historic architectural scaled model (stored in the Whitney Museum of Modern Art, New York) providing for the first time an accurate, accessible, and permanent digital record.  The research promotes the use of 3D digitisation as a practical application for the preservation and research of architectural design processes.


NIBLOCK, C, 2015. The Endless Model In: Design Studies. Vol 40. pp. 269-282



Virtual Reality Headset used to explore digital exhibtion of Lincoln Cathedral V2

Virtual Reality headset used to explore digital exhibition of Lincoln Cathedral

Architecture, Culture and Tectonics

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