Quondam: a virtual museum of architecture

Here's the first image online at Quondam - A Virtual Museum of Architecture 21 November 1996.
Quondam is an altogether new type of architecture museum. First, as a virtual museum, Quondam possesses the power to act as a museum without the agency of a building, and it may be the first museum of architecture solely in cyberspace. Second, virtuality, that is, potential existence, defines the fundamental theme of Quondam's collection of 3-dimensional computer aided design (CAD) models, most of which represent unbuilt architectural designs.
The objective of Quondam and its collection is to manifest new virtual possibilities--to enable "visits" to buildings that do not exist, to compare the scale of any number of buildings side by side, to analyze specific building designs by taking their "models" apart, and, perhaps, to learn something totally new by reassembling pieces of the "models" in new ways.


The lobby of a non-existent museum containing exterior images of the same non-existent museum.

James Stirling + Partner, Museum for Nordrhein-Westfalen (DŁsseldorf: project, 1975).




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