New London 1858



Name: Eddy Choi 

Nationality: Republic of Korea

Institution / Company: Hongik University


-EDITORIAL PICK of Videogame Architecture: 2 Drawings Competition


London has frozen. <New London 1858> is a new virtual city that reinterprets the video game Frostpunk (2018) from an architectural perspective. The historical background of this project is London in 1858 during the First Industrial Revolution. Set up a scenario of reconstructing frozen London after the Big Ice Age using steam engines, civilizations representing the First Industrial Revolution. I approached the idea of a new extension and reconstruction on the ice-covered city of London. On top of the roof of the building and on the icy stone, which is recognized as a solid ground layer, I propose a new urban form, emphasizing the steam engine and steel industry representing London’s First Industrial Revolution. The most basic facilities forming the city, such as housing, communities, and factories, were designed with reference to Marc – Antoine Laugier’s theory of primitive architectural hut. mainly used materials called iron. The middle Hearth serves as the main power of the city to deliver steam to all buildings, and additional steam is delivered to various facilities through pipes to operate the city. A radial urban form was designed to evenly transfer the heat emitted from the center of the city (Hearth).


#Digital Space 3D / 2D Architecture #Architectural Reinterpretation #Infrastructure in a virtual city #Steampunk and dystopian scenarios #Alternative history (What if?)

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