The city of Zurich: Using AR to visualise imaginary buildings in the real world.

Augmented reality in the city of Zurich

During exploration work carried out on the building site of the Zurich Opéra car park, a series of archaeological finds came to light that were the remains of a prehistoric settlement of stilt houses. To satisfy the public’s keen interest in the discovery, the city of Zurich held a three-week exhibition in 2017, which used HoloLens augmented reality (AR) headsets to bring to life how archaeologists imagine the settlement might have looked. After the exhibit, the city ran a pilot project for a mobile phone/tablet app, with a view to making the experience more widely available, sustainable and cost-effective. Ergon’s AR team completed the project in collaboration with the Geographic Information Systems centre of competence in the city’s urban planning department.