The Metropolitan Museum released a 360º video of their iconic Great Hall on their Facebook page, allowing user to immerse themselves in the building. Designed by Richard Morris Hunt in 1902, the Met’s Great Hall greets over 6 million visitors to the museum each year with its neo-classical design.
The video was shot with the use of two camera tracks: one from the main entrance to the balustrade above the staircase, and another set at 90º that follows the public up the stairs before lifting to an overhead view.
Following the uses of VR in architectural representation and presentation seen before, the new 360º video of the Met predicts a future of accessibility of architecture for the public with VR. With spectacular buildings readily available to be seen in three-dimensions – as they were intended – understanding buildings and their significance is slowly transitioning into further mainstream acceptance. Previously, platforms like Sketchfab have released monumental VR walkthroughs of famous buildings, and the Met itself has previously shot a 360º video of the Temple of Dendur in Egypt.