Frequently Asked Questions

What is The Unbuilt Gallery of Architecture?

The Unbuilt Gallery is the first virtual gallery of contemporary architecture designed for virtual immersive experiences and sold on the blockchain.

Why virtual experiences?

The virtual realm liberates architects from the constraints of the physical world. Virtual reality is a medium that demands a new approach to architectural design, and our exhibitions will explore virtual space as a new medium for design. We believe being immersed in a digital design is a powerful experience.

Why smart contracts?

Minting designs on the blockchain ensures that they are authenticated by the architect and provide proof of ownership. The smart contract handles all transactions, enables royalties for secondary sales, and specifies how many authentic copies can exist. In The Unbuilt Gallery, the works are 1-of-1. Smart contracts also create transparency of the history of ownership and an immutable ledger of the provenance of the work.

What do the different tiers to purchase mean? What do I get when I buy the model vs. the executable file vs. the rendering?

If you purchase a piece from The Unbuilt Gallery, you are the true and sole owner of an authenticated digital work of conceptual architecture, and can resell it on the secondary market.

Model:
The model is the highest purchase tier in The Unbuilt Market. It includes the model file (Twinmotion or Unreal Engine), a high-quality physical 3D print, a high-quality aluminum-mounted print, a digital rendering, and a 30-min meeting with the architect. This is a high touch customer experience with guided onboarding. If you're interested in making this purchase and you have inquiries about the process, please reach out to info@unbuilt.xyz.

Executable:
The executable tier includes the packaged .exe file for the piece and a high resolution rendering jpeg. You will be able to navigate through the model offline and in virtual reality with the executable file.

Rendering:
The rendering tier includes a high quality jpeg of the project.

What is a digital wallet?

A digital wallet, also called a cryptowallet, allows you to transact on a blockchain and see any balances associated with that wallet. An NFT or cryptocurrency is not actually stored in a digital wallet. Rather, the wallet uses a private key to grant access to NFTs and digital assets stored on the blockchain. One of the most popular wallets is Metamask.

Do I need a cryptowallet to buy a piece from The Unbuilt Gallery?

You can purchase the executable file and rendering with a credit card by checking out with Winter. Winter is available within the checkout experience in Unbuilt. To view your purchase, login to your Winter Dashboard. To authenticate your purchase and download the executable file, you will need to transfer your purchase to a wallet like Bitski.

If you are interested in purchasing the all-inclusive model tier and you need help with your purchase, please reach out to support@unbuilt.xyz and we will be in touch immediately.

I bought an executable file and checked out with Winter. How do I view my purchase and how do I verify ownership to access the unlockable content?

Congratulations on your purchase! You can view your purchase by logging into the Winter Dashboard with your email.

To access your unlockable content, you need to transfer your NFT to a wallet such as Bitski or Metamask. Unbuilt recommends Bitski because it is a user-friendly wallet that's very easy to set up. Once you log into Bitski, simply click "Receive" to view your Wallet address. Copy your address. In your Winter dashboard, click on your NFT, click Transfer, and paste in your Bitski wallet address, and hit Transfer.
Now you're ready to authenticate your purchase to access your content using Wallet Connect! Click here when you're ready. You'll click Wallet Connect to see the QR code. Open the Bitski app on your phone and click the Wallet Connect icon on the top right. Scan the QR code to complete the authentication process.

Reach out to support@unbuilt.xyz with any questions.

How do I access the exhibitions?

You can book a ticket to the upcoming exhibition here. You will receive a confirmation email, and we will send you a link to enter the exhibition closer to the opening.

I don't have a virtual reality headset. Will I still be able to enter the gallery?

Yes! The Unbuilt Gallery will be experienced on desktop only as an interactive experience. "Interactive" means you will be represented in the environment with other attendees, and you’ll be able to move around in that space freely. It’s like playing a first person video game. If you purchase a model, you'll be able to experience the architecture in virtual reality.

Does The Unbuilt Gallery have a physical location?

No, we are a virtual gallery. In the future we may host pop-up exhibitions in physical locations so stay tuned for that.

Who is creating the designs?

The Unbuilt Gallery of Architecture has hand picked architects to participate in the first exhibition. You can learn more about them here.

What blockchain is The Unbuilt Gallery built on?

The Unbuilt Gallery is built on the Ethereum blockchian.

Can I apply to have my work exhibited at The Unbuilt Gallery?

Please reach out to info@unbuilt.xyz if you'd like to apply to contribute to a future exhibition.