The Bartlett School of Architecture


3D scan film shows The Bartlett's transformation

15 November 2017

A new film by ScanLAB Projects reveals the transformation of The Bartlett’s home at 22 Gordon Street as it was refurbished between 2014 and 2017.

3D scan of The Bartlett's transformation

For a new film entitled 'Transformation', creative practice ScanLAB Projects has collaborated with composer and musician Eugene Romain to bring to life their atmospheric 3D scans. To make the film, ScanLAB captured 700 3D laser scans in the final weeks before the building was vacated in 2014, and a further 900 scans taken during the 2017 Bartlett Summer Show in its newly refabricated home.

The resulting scans were assembled and overlaid to create two digital pointcloud models, each containing over a billion precisely measured points. The dual phases of the film vividly reveal the substantial change in space and scale brought about by the refurbishment. It also captures both states of the building in use across these periods. 

About the refurbishment project

In early 2017, we moved back into our transformed home at 22 Gordon Street (formerly Wates House) on UCL’s Bloomsbury Campus. The £30 million refurbishment and extension, carried out by architects Hawkins\Brown as part of UCL’s Bloomsbury Campus Refurbishments project, provides over 3000 square metres of additional floor space and a fresh environment for the School. The building won a prestigious 2017 RIBA London Region Award, and was shortlisted for the 2017 AJ Building of the Year award.

About ScanLAB

ScanLAB Projects, formed by Bartlett graduates Matthew Shaw and William Trossell, specialises in exploring the use of large-scale 3D scanning for architecture and the creative industries and has become one of the UK’s pioneering agencies in the field, as well as designing online environments, immersive installations, objects and mobile applications. Founded in 2010, ScanLAB have worked with leading architects, broadcasters, scientists and artists from around the world.

About Eugene Romain

Eugene Romain’s prior music credits include The House of Lords, The Royal shakespeare Company, BBC and many west end theatres.  He has also hit record credits with the likes of SNAP, Seal, Adamski, Double Trouble and Chad Jackson.