Hungarian State Opera House Reopened Thanks to 3D Laser Scanning Services
Restoring Its Magnificence
The Hungarian State Opera House (1884) reopened after two years of being renovated by ZDA. Architects used 3D laser scanning services as a part of the main strategy to recreate the Opera’s original spirit.
How 3D Laser Scanning Services Helped With the Design
The Greypixel collaborated with MadeByLight to simulate hyper-realistic virtual copies of the ancient Opera House’s central staircase and the auditorium. Both of these spaces are located in a historic public space and, as a result, form the main fraction of the Opera House’s total floor area.
The Greypixel handled 3D laser scanning services. It collected data by scanning the main staircase and the auditorium in the Hungarian State Opera House. After these scans were processed and modeled, MadeByLight took charge of the lighting design.
The team argued that the designing and building processes were relatively tight since they had to design the project while at the same time constructing. 3D laser scanning services helped to prioritize the most crucial spaces.
The auditorium is the main area of focus since it serves other spaces in the Hungarian State Opera House. With this focus, however, the main staircase was a complex problem.
Every parameter obtained from 3D laser scanning was changeable to enable architects to test and assess any changes in real time.
All the materials used, colors, and surfaces were editable to ensure they could produce optimal final results. For instance, if ZDA’s lead architect Gábor Zoboki, requested a different shape of the wall arm, this could be quickly edited to meet the requirements. The same solution applies to all other changes that should be implemented for the best results.
However, one of the main challenges associated with the lighting scheme was maintaining the historical lighting aura with modern additions. For starters, it was daunting to get an accurate count of original gas burners, an issue that led to a dim glow. To solve this, robotic lamps had to be installed over the current lighting features – an issue that left the lead lighting designer Ferenc Haász, worried.
But according to Haász, the result was different. 3D laser scanning helped to pave the way for increased accuracy. While the human brain removes modern instruments, focusing on the robotic lamps makes lighting issues unnoticeable.
Generally, the Hungarian State Opera House leveraged the power of 3D scanning services to create virtual realities of the historic Opera House, which will likely contribute to increased visits and a wider reach.