Museo Maya de América Becomes Virtually Real
Neutral Studio in London has used the Museo Maya de América to develop a new milestone in architecture representation: the Museo Maya suite of apps. Spearheading development of the interactive architecture genre, Neutral has expanded on their convergent app platform with the launch of a full virtual reality solution that is optimised to run on desktop and mobile platforms.
The new suite of apps forms a digital museum guide and research tool. The apps enable users to not only experience the architecture of the museum, but also to explore its extensive collection of Mayan artefacts in 3D, providing them with options to view in-depth catalogue information and 3D-print.
At the forefront of 3D developments, Neutral has additionally created the first fully convergent suite of apps to support the Oculus Rift VR technology.
The new Museo Maya de América is among the most ambitious cultural projects under development in Central America. Designed by Harry Gugger Studio in collaboration with over,under, it is planned to house one of the world’s most significant collections of objects, artefacts, artworks, textiles and knowledge relating to the history and culture of the Mayan Civilisation.
Located on the northern edge of L’Aurora Park in Guatemala City, the new museum will form the culmination of a cultural axis that includes the Guatemalan Museum of Contemporary Art and the Children’s Museum. This dense cluster of cultural institutions, in tandem with the large open spaces of the adjacent parkland will become a new focal point for tourists and residents alike.