No other spot in The Netherlands can match the 2000 years of history of the Domplein in Utrecht. It was faced with only one problem: a major part of this history is under the ground and literally passed over by everyone. The Domplein Foundation took the initiative to unlock this concealed history for the public at large in a grandiose project: DOMunder. Tinker imagineers, designed and produced this underground archaeological visitor experience, in cooperation with JDdV Architects. DOMunder opened in June 2014.
DOMunder is situated around the re-excavated archaeological remains. Visitors assume the role of the archaeologist, as a time-traveller, by descending into the darkness with an interactive flashlight (based on infrared and 3D technology). This light is used to activate walls, findings and stories. In this way, they uncover the unbelievable layered history of the Domplein square. They go back in time until they come face to face with the Roman headquarters: the birth of Utrecht.
Aside from this archaeological expedition, which mainly arouses curiosity, there’s also the multimedia descent in time. Aided by the detailed 3D reconstructions of the Domplein, visitors virtually find themselves, amongst other things, in the Gothic Cathedral and look around in the Roman Castellum.
During their stay under the ground ‘the terrible tempest’ - another audiovisual highlight - overwhelms them. It’s as if the storm that destroyed the nave of the Gotic Cathedral in 1674 rages once again over the square. By making use of the computer animations, lighting and sound effects, the visitor relives this historical storm. All of this takes place right in the middle of the archaeological discoveries, amongst the ground profiles and foundations, which makes it all an authentic experience.