The Metaverse will soon have its first city planned, thanks to Zaha Hadid.
World-renowned architectural firm Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) will create a virtual city where people can not only buy land, but also live there as avatars. The city will be called The Liberland Metaverse.
Here’s everything we know about the virtual utopian city, The Liberland Metaverse
The micronation will have vacant lots, which are centered around an organized urban core. The concept, planning and design of Liberland is based on an actual micronation called the Free Republic of Liberland. The land, which does not exceed 7 square kilometers, is located between Croatia and Serbia. Founded in 2015 by Czech politician Vit Jedlicka, its sole purpose was to implement the libertarian values of small government.
The Free Republic of Liberland has no infrastructure, no buildings and therefore no inhabitants.
The design, plan and more of the virtual city
Unlike the physical land, the virtual city of Liberland has futuristic, curved buildings, which is a style statement from the late architect Zaha Hadid. It is well laid out with town halls, work spaces, shops hosting various businesses and a gallery for NFT art exhibitions.
However, just like the physical city, the virtual city will also attempt to implement self-governance and have fewer rules. This makes the metaverse the best place for creating a place like Liberland.
The buildings in the virtual city were made using parametric design, which simply means that various algorithms were used to create complex futuristic shapes that have a glossy look similar to architectural drawings.
Another interesting aspect of the virtual city will be the extent of impersonation of the physical city, including borders. Although no official statement has yet been made, it is also likely that people who buy land in the metaverse will get land in the Free Republic of Liberland.
The creators want to make Liberland the go-to place for networking and socializing in the Web 3.0 industry. The project can be viewed via Mytaverse.
Hero and background image: Courtesy of ZHA via CNN