Metaverse ArtBlocks – Habitats are the future of architecture | NFT CULTURE | NFT News
The metaverse is here. As the world’s largest organizations begin to navigate their strategies for creating sleek and beautiful digital experiences, it was only a matter of time before one of the world’s largest architecture firms began exploring the NFT/Metaverse experience. The result is Habitats, an immersive architecture project that will likely become the “blue chip” of metaverse architecture. They may not be the first, but they are the first to do it right.
Habitats represents a one-of-a-kind research project powered by world-class architecture firm SHoP Architects, which will use the metaverse as a testing ground to innovate and design smarter in the real world. SHoP is a digital native architecture firm, the team felt they were uniquely positioned to explore the metaverse as a natural extension of their existing work.
SHoP is a world renowned architectural firm
Many projects are launched with a detailed roadmap of what they hope to accomplish, but that’s often because they still have a long way to go before launching. With Habitats, this is not the case. SHoP Architects is an award-winning firm responsible for the design of many notable projects including YouTube Headquarters, Uber Headquarters, Barclays Center and towering towers around the world. In the real world, SHoP already incorporates the use of generative data and algorithms into its design process, and we apply this same process to the metaverse approach.
Habitats are more than NFTs
Habitats is not just an NFT collection. While we will be launching a genesis collection in May 2022, we are also embarking on a much larger research and development project as we aim to push the metaverse in a positive direction. The team will be uniquely situated, straddling the worlds of physical and digital design, and we believe we can serve as a bridge between the two.
Search and access become the real utility
Habitats NFT collectors will be able to join the team’s research efforts and serve as essential spokespersons along the way. Collectors will be able to participate both actively (eg, helping design Metaverse developments, suggesting areas for exploration, participating in design contests) and passively (eg, receiving exclusive updates from the team, previews). Collectors will also be able to use their habitats in several ways. Habitats will come with unlockable content that will allow holders to use them in various Metaverse worlds – on Day 1 they will be usable in DCL. They will also be able to access files for 3D printing and other bespoke experiences.
SHoP brings together a whole team
SHoP has dedicated a number of resources to this research and development project, with a dedicated team taking the lead on the genesis collection. They partnered with a web3 development team, COBA Labs, who helped with site design, web3 integration, and smart contract work. Finally, Habitats relied on a group of third-party advisors, made up of people with extensive experience in the metaverse, web3 and real estate.