Tinker imagineers conceived and produced the visitor experience for the first excavation that can be visited in the Netherlands, at the archaeological site under the Domplein square in Utrecht.
By going underground with a ‘smart’ torch visitors take on the role of the archaeologist. Using detailed 3D reconstructions of the Domplein square, they can go further back in time. They will be standing almost literally in the Gothic church and looking round the Roman Castellum. A second audiovisual highlight is ‘the terrible tempest’ that occurs while the visitors are underground. The storm that destroyed the nave in 1674 once again rages across the square. The visitor relive this historic storm with the aid of state of the art computer animations, light and sound effects.
In places where no archaeology is to be found Tinker have positioned walls of weathered steel with perforations which are back-lit. Perforations which show the main Roman building, for example, or Gothic stained glass windows can be lit from behind.
Tinker received the price for the best international project at the UK’s Museums & Heritage Awards for Excellence 2015, April 30 in Londen.
Photos DOMunder: Raymond Rutting en Mike Bink