Living Labs

The Cube is a highly adaptable space for research and experimentation, immersive environments, intimate performances, audio and visual installations, and experiential investigations of all types. The four-story high Cube is a combination of state of the art theatre and high tech laboratory that will serve multiple platforms of creative practice by faculty, students, and national and international guest artists and researchers. Over the next year, ICAT will be outfitting the Cube with one of the most unique data exploration environments in the world. The Cube is a shared space between the Center for the Arts and ICAT.

Experience Studio
The Experience Studio is designed as a flexible space for ICAT researchers to create, explore, and document a variety of still and immersive environments, including video games, augmented reality, motion tracked virtual collaboration, and mixed reality performance. Unique features of this space include a two-story projection wall with green screen and an open grid ceiling for flexible lighting and sound exploration.


The Sandbox, the room you see here through this second-story window, is a synonym for idea incubator. ICAT teams, composed of students and faculty from across Virginia Tech, meet in the Sandbox, to brainstorm, critique ideas, and roll up their sleeves to start projects. With moveable furniture, dry-erase boards, and a projection array, this comfortable, flexible meeting space encourages collaborative creativity.


Merryman Family Learning Studio
The Merryman Family Learning Studio provides a gateway to the complex facets of teaching and learning. The flexible space is designed to foster creative engagement, design, and inquiry across the disciplines for student, teachers, and researchers. The built-in affordances in the space enable ICAT faculty and students to study the learning process, host focus groups, and perform human factors analysis in an ecological environment that makes the studio a unique and highly desirable class of research facility.

Perform Studio
Perform Studio is where arts, technology, and creativity meet human mind and body. Using the state-of-the-art acoustic space with multichannel audio, motion capture system and dynamic lighting, here ICAT researchers study human gesture, emotion, spatialization of audio-visual stimuli, and embodied interaction over great distances, as well as performance in its broadest context.


Create Studio
The Create Studio hosts the tools to turn ideas into working prototypes. Featuring two 3D printers, laser cutting, basic hand tools, soldering supplies, electronic testing equipment, and more, the Create Studio offers a practical workbench to bring life to the ideas of the ICAT students and faculty.