Petrapilosa castle, a thousand year old medieval castle located on a cliff above the valley of the river Bračana, has been reconstructed and is open to the general public. Reconstruction of the castle was carried out as part of the EU project KulTERRA - Revitalization of the Istrian castles Morosini-Grimani and Petrapilosa. As part of the project's innovative approach and with the help of collected and produced digital content about its history, the castle has become richer for a new multimedia presentation.
Throughout history, Petrapilosa was primarily a military fortress in which feudal lords and soldiers were housed. It was abandoned after a great fire 300 years ago and was never rebuilt later. Today, completely adapted for visitors, this castle stands proudly on a high cliff and tells history in a very interesting way. The interesting fact is that the castle is popularly known as a "hairy castle" and a "hairy city", and the reason for the unusual names lies in the dense vegetation that surrounds it, but also "springs" from its walls.
In order to improve the cultural identity and historical heritage, the city of Buzet decided to reconstruct and revitalize the abandoned castle of Petrapilosa as a tourist destination. As part of the revitalization of this extensive project, it was necessary to produce digital content that would tell the story of the old castle.
The challenge was to create a unique experience with a number of historical facts and legends, which will be presented through interactive digital content.
In the creative part of the project, it was necessary to study historical topics and develop visual content that would be presented through various technologies of multimedia display. The idea was to show the Petrapilosa castle from all angles of multimedia in the space (from floor projections, wall projections, interactive applications, etc.). For the needs of the project, a 3D model of the castle was produced, as well as high-resolution photographs taken by an aerial drone.
The project delivered various types of digital content that include drone shooting, production of 3D castle models, content for floor projections, 3D mapping projection, and production and design of applications and games for interactive screens.
Drone shooting allows people to see places that are otherwise inaccessible, so we can explore almost every corner of an object or place. They are especially popular in the presentation of various monumental buildings, castles, forts with rich historical significance. In this example, we can see high-resolution images of Petrapilosa Castle and a drone filming it from the sky.
BIM (Building Information Modeling) is a powerful tool that helps project teams check all parameters before construction and during planning using accurate 3D models of the building. Thanks to a virtual model, it is easier to make decisions about setting up the appropriate equipment such as a multimedia setup. In this example we see a 3D model of the Petrapilosa castle through different project design phases.
3D projection mapping is a projection technique that aims to turn static surfaces into interactive 3D representations that affect the viewer's perception by projecting complex 3D structures, objects and animations. In this example, we see a PandoPad 3D projector system that projects the legend of Petrapilosa Castle onto a large wall.
Interactive floor or wall projections in space allow the visitor to become part of an interactive story by moving body parts. Interactive projections and games are performed by professional projectors and an infrared camera system for motion detection. In this example we see how in the church of Sv. Mary Magdalene set up an interactive floor projection with fragments of frescoes found at the site of the castle.
In order for the design of our PandoPad Applications to provide visitors with an unforgettable experience, it is necessary to study the topic of multimedia setup and design an interactive, eye pleasing, and simple user interface. When creating a design, we pay attention to every single detail and produce unique visual components that are also easy to edit and administer. In this example, we see the design of interactive applications and games for the Petrapilosa castle, which combines historical themes, colors, and graphic design of the former life of the castle.