Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory

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Immersive experience design

In this Innovation Challenge, the Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory asked DFM teams of interdisciplinary students to design an immersive, engaging experience for their new visitor centre. Their final designs include technologies and solutions which help to create a successful visitor experience, attracting revenue which could support the laboratory’s operations. Concepts include:

Multi-purpose space - a visitor centre focused on providing multiple experiences. An art gallery, a virtual reality experience, a guest speaker auditorium, and a restaurant are housed within a three-story circular building, providing guests with an open, flowing journey through the centre. Team: Alan L Meideta, Brian Kabuki, James Davies, Kezia Soesilo & Nadira Kinarisa

The SUPL band - an interactive wristband which uses an NFC chip, LED lights and haptic feedback to create personalised journeys for student groups as they interact with the installations. Team: Danny Phan, Lachlan Summers, Nicholas Segal, Samuel Losada & Theodore Beeby

Logical flow design – minimising boredom and maximising curiosity, visitors can choose how they navigate and interact with the centre. The design is eco-friendly and packed with exciting technology and spaces such as virtual reality, Bluetooth-connected headphones, motion picture rooms, planetariums, game areas and indoor gardens. Team: Claudia Phuah, Ben James, Daniel Benjamin, Evelyn Vania Ong & Khushi Gaikwad

Navigation and immersion - four elements which help to provide guests with a desirable experience, including a layout constructed with curiosity and accessibility in mind, a smartphone app that equips users with connectivity and navigation tools, a website that provides resources and a place for community, and an augmented reality helmet, providing immersion and entertainment. Team: Aaron Tenenbaum, Cadeyrn Rattur, Farah Al-Shirawi, Georgia Quinn, Jack Kavanagh & Niharika Tyagi

Industry Partner: Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory