Palladian Minecraft

Royal Institute of British Architects

March 2015


The Brief

To celebrate the Royal Institute of British Architects’ exhibition on Palladian architecture, we have created a Minecraft gaming experience dedicated to teaching people the symmetry and principles of one of architecture’s most influential figures: Andrea Palladio.

The Build

Our single player map allows players to explore our own recreation of Palladio’s infamous Villa Rotunda, and then create their own Palladian villa using our custom game mechanic. We built a variety of architectural assets to use, as well as floor plans of 5 of Palladio’s most famous villas. A competition was run over two weeks, with prizes awarded to the 3 most successful designs, as judged by the RIBA and BlockWorks.

The Result

Participants from all over the world shared their Palladian Minecraft builds on social media using the hashtag #palladianminecraft. A wide variety of entrants was recieved - ranging from avant-garde experimental villas, to carefully designed structures that showed great attention and faithfulness to the Palladian principles of design.