Way back in 1851 Joseph Paxton designed the amazing Crystal Palace to house the Great Exhibition. Though it was built I have been reflecting on it as an interesting piece of Architecture to model up in one of our real-time engines. Crysis would be fun, as you can see from these shots we are talking about parks and lots of trees even inside the structure.
In looking quickly online for people who might have already done this I have found very little. Though the SDSC did create some renderings of their model – rather barren as they are.
But wait there’s more…
London Architects Wilkinson Eyre have created a design for the original site that would also make a fascinating project to build (perhaps both!). The huge hovering glass bubble is an interesting re-interpretation of the 1851 Palace while being distinctly of the 21st Century. Other projects by the award winning firm can be glimpsed at their website – some of it looks quite inspired. The new design possibility is covered in several articles (Crystal Palace – Sculpture Park , BBC News and the WilkinsonEyre site including pdf even). The Virtual Norwood coverage is most extensive including the visualisation images from the Architects. London has a flair for signature buildings, perhaps this one will join the fray.