If you’re fed up with the planning restrictions in the real world enter our competition to design a virtual Building office in Second Life

Building magazine has bought a slice of virtual real estate in Second Life and is holding a design competition for a new online office.

The land is in a desirable beachfront location on an island called Fox Dale, and you can take look at the lie of the land on Second Life by teleporting to Fox Dale 111, 222, 21.

Building’s land is a 1000m2 site of which around 350m2 can be built on. To design the office you need to buy your own piece of land elsewhere in Second Life. Once you have designed your building we will move it to onto Building’s site, or alternatively copy and paste it. In Second Life there is no such thing as build costs. Once you’ve designed your building you could set up shop and sell your designs to anybody you please.

Second Life Foxdale beach
Awaiting development
If all this sounds nonsensical take a look at Building’s feature on Second Life by clicking on the related link below. Our virtual reporter Katrina Rockett spend several weeks exploring Second Life and met architects who are actually making money in this alternative world. Details on getting started are all contained in Ms Rockett’s feature.

The office should be not higher than three storeys and feature a small seminar room, and a reception area. An exhibition area for the Building Hall of Fame should also be included in the design. Feel free to let your imagination roam - you can’t build underwater meeting rooms full of tropical fish in the real world, but you can in Second Life.

Send us your designs and experiences on Second Life to this address and we will post them on the Second Life section of the Building site www.building.co.uk/secondlife. The winning office design will feature in a two-page building feature later in the year.

Good luck and see you in Fox Dale.