Since 2009 Google has set up a dozen or so instances of our Liquid Galaxy installations, which allow users to 'immerse' themselves in Google Earth and 'fly' around the world. In 2011, in partnership with the Pavillon de l'Arsenal (Paris Center for Architecture and Urbanism), the Google Cultural Institute created the first ever 48 screen interactive Liquid Galaxy display, which measures an impressive 40m². The display showcases the magnificent city of Paris and how its architecture will look in 2020 and features 3D models of the buildings, designed but not yet built, by architects such as Patrick Berger and Jacques Anziutti, Jean Nouvel and Rudy Ricciotti.
The 3D models of Paris in 2020 are available through Google Earth, so that even those unable to visit the exhibition in Paris first hand can experience the models from the comfort of their own home. Download this file and then open it in Google Earth to see the models as they appeared at the Pavillon de l’Arsenal.
“The 37m² digital model, for the first time, enables visitors to see the Paris of the future.”
This was a challenging project for all teams involved, including JCDecaux, EndPoint and ultranoir. The Liquid Galaxy technology was stretched to new limits never having been used on more than eight screens before, nor on a flat display. This is the first time we have shown information balloons, used a multi touch screen to control Google Earth and had Chrome and Google Earth running side by side and connected.