The old Synagogue of Linz – a virtual tour 2016

At least via the virtual representation in the Deep Space8K of the Ars Electronica Center, the destroyed synagogue of Linz can be entered. The virtual reconstruction of the synagogue was pursued in the course of the diploma project of René Mathe who was supervised by Ao.Univ.Prof. Dr. Bob Martens at the Technischen Universität Wien (Technical University Vienna).

A virtual inspection of the old synagogue in Linz which was destroyed by the nazis can now be revisted in the Deep Space 8K.


After René Mathe had collected and evaluated old plans, photos and reports, he could start with a detailed reconstruction of the destroyed synagogue. Finally he was able to produce realistic representations which gave a natural impression of this splendid building. To obtain a very lively sensation of the past impact and atmosphere of the room, the adaption of the Ars Electronica Futurelab allows for a realistic entering of the sacral building via the main portal at Bethlehemstreet, interactively and in 3D . On the basis of the extended achitectural data, 3 D models of real-time capability were crafted, surface materials were determined and lighting models defined. The project was on display from the 7th of November 2016 at the Deep Space 8K of the Ars Electronica Center.



3D Model:

René Mathe

Scientific Mentoring:

Ao.Univ.Prof. Dr. Bob Martens; Herbert Peter;

Ao.Univ.Prof. Dr. Gerhard Stadler; Sigrun Swoboda

Unterstützt von der Israelitische Kultusgemeinde Linz; Webseite:

Deep Space 8K Visualisation:

Roland Haring; Michael Mayr; Clemens Francis Scharfen