Live VR tour of Arthur Mamou-Mani's Catharsis amphitheatre as part of Virtual Design Festival

Architect Arthur Mamou-Mani gave Dezeen readers a virtual reality tour of his Catharsis temple, created for this year's Burning Man festival, on VDF today.

The tour followed a live Screentime conversation between the French architect and Dezeen's founder and editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs.

Developed together with Therme Art, Mamou-Mani's amphitheatre was set to be constructed using timber modules that blur the distinction between spectators and performers.

The design was meant to be built at this year's Burning Man, an annual festival which sees the construction of a temporary city in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada, USA.

Rather than burning the structure at the end of the festival, as is tradition, Mamou-Mani had planned to deconstruct it and rebuild it elsewhere.

When the festival was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, Mamou-Mani called on game developers to help him realise the amphitheatre in virtual reality, through a call out on Dezeen.

Live VR tour of Arthur Mamou-Mani's Catharsis amphitheatre as part of Virtual Design Festival
Architect Arthur Mamou-Mani will give a live virtual reality tour of his Catharsis pavilion. Portrait is by David Azia

The Catharsis structure is not the architect's first time designing a structure for Burning Man. He was also behind the main temple for the festival's 2018 edition.

Called Galaxia, the temple was burnt down at the end of the festival, but Mamou-Mani will give Dezeen readers a tour of a virtual reality version of Galaxia as well.

As part of our collaboration with Mamou-Mani for Virtual Design Festival, the architect also shared previously unseen drone footage of the temple.

Live VR tour of Arthur Mamou-Mani's Catharsis amphitheatre as part of Virtual Design Festival
Mamou-Mani's amphitheatre was meant to be constructed for this years Burning Man festival

Mamou-Mani is a French architect based in London whose work uses alternative materials and methods of construction.

In 2019, he designed and built a structure made from 700 3D-printed bioplastic bricks for fashion brand COS' annual installation for Milan design week.

He was also part of a panel on using post-plastic materials in architecture and design at the inaugural Dezeen Day.

About Virtual Design Festival

Virtual Design Festival runs from 15 April to 30 June 2020. It brings the architecture and design world together to celebrate the culture and commerce of our industry, and explore how it can adapt and respond to extraordinary circumstances.

To find out what's coming up at VDF, check out the schedule. For more information or to join the mailing list, email vdf@dezeen.com.