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January/February 2015

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34 cgw j a n u a r y . f e b r u a r y 2 0 1 5 hen it was constructed in 1930, the villa of Greta and Fritz Tugend- hat in Brno, Czech Republic, was already considered quite special. Designed by Architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the building was a pioneering monument to modern archi- tecture in Europe. However, the splendor was short lived, as the home fell into the hands of the Germans during World War II and, later, the Russians. Aer various repairs and transforma- tions, restoration began in 2010, and two years later, the site opened to the public. Today, the freestanding, three-story villa is a must- see, and its unique design and construction earned it designation as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. Due to its historical, cultural, and architectural significance, there is oen a two-month wait for tickets to tour the villa. However, those wanting to enjoy the structure without a wait or without traveling to the Czech Republic now can do so via a digital re-creation that enables users to interactively explore the upper and main floors of the structure, which are presented in amazing detail. The real-time, immersive visualization was built by InterMoca (a Czech company founded by Robert Greenyer and Ian Childers), in conjunction with the City of Brno Museum, using NewTek's LightWave 3D and WTools3D's LWCAD soware and running within the Unity game engine. The visualization is free of charge for the upper floor, with a nominally priced Pro version providing access to additional ARTISTS DIGITALLY RECONSTRUCT THE VILLA TUGENDHAT, A 1930s MODERN ARCHITECTURAL ICON THAT'S NOW A UNESCO WORLD CULTURAL HERITAGE SITE BY KAREN MOLTENBREY A HOUSE WITH HISTORY

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