The Heliodon allows you to simulate how a built structure interacts with changes in the sun’s position in the sky. By using a static light source, the Heliodon can be moved on multiple axis to show accurate shadows cast at scale.

The Heliodon can also be adjusted to match the latitudes of different locations around the globe, so wherever your model, accurate modelling of light can be achieved. For more info on how to use the Heliodon.

Please click here to see a demonstration video by Aiden Hoggard.


Artificial Sky

The Artificial Sky is a Mirror box design, allowing the creation of an environment simulating an overcast sky with a colour temperature of approx 5400k (Kelvin). This allows you to record light levels inside architectural models and achieve accurate results using a calibrated light meter.

Please click here for a video demonstration from Aiden Hoggard

Please click here for the Artificial Sky Worksheet from Aiden Hoggard

Please click here for a video guide to the Artificial Sky Worksheet from Aiden Hoggard

Mixed Reality Imaging

The mixed reality imaging (MRI) table provides combined software and hardware capabilities for interlinking 3D virtual models and physical models that represent or simulate aspects of a design project.

The MRI table is used at the School of Architecture to investigate how elements and scenarios of a smart environment design can be modelled to facilitate the co-design process. is a key part of the MSc in Digital Design and Interactive Built Environments offered as part of the Graduate School in the SSoA. More information about the course is available on the SSoA Website here.

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Virtual Reality

A new and developing area within the SSoA. Virtual reality simulation is evolving within the architecture discipline to include remote site visiting, 360 video, and 3D model visualization.  The Media Unit is currently testing different devices as proof of concept and will update this page soon.

Meanwhile please keep an eye on our blog page for news on how VR is changing the way the SSoA Exhibits student work and other exciting developments in 2015/16.