Dialogue in the Dark – Guide Dogs Australia Immersive Experience
The District Docklands, Level 1, 29‐31 Star Crescent Docklands

As an event partner, FPPV Architecture assisted the client in developing and adapting the Dialogue in the Dark concept for a local audience, then brought the concept to life. The fitout comprises a series of tactile and immersive exhibition spaces representing key Melbourne locations, to be experienced in total darkness, simulating the experience of a person with little or no vision.
FPPV coordinated the highly complex fitout , overcoming a series of technical challenges to ensure that the fitout complied with regulations and maintained total darkness, with considerations given to operation of services and warning systems. Close collaboration between the client, contractor and architect enabled design decisions to be made throughout construction to further enhance the visitor experience, incorporating various unique and unusual fixtures, fittings and finishes
The seminar room has the ability to operate in light or dark mode, with an acoustic operable wall to allow the space to open out onto the lobby. Externally, an interactive and layered façade plays on the notion of darkness and vision, with signage intergrated into a perforated screen of braille.