Virtual Reality in Architecture is reaching new heights.

Virtual Reality in the Architecture industry allows users to virtually step into their creations at any point during the design process, allowing them to make more accurate developments and showcase their designs to clients.

How can architects benefit from Virtual Reality?

Many designers, architects and engineers have found themselves entering the final construction phase of a project and wondering ‘why do the sizes of certain spaces feel bigger / smaller than my design’. 3D plans and drawings just aren’t the same as being in the room and experiencing the proportions and scales, but now Virtual Reality headsets can display 3D renderings, viewed through built-in lenses that create the illusion of physically being within the image.

Virtual Reality headsets can support any stage of the design process right up to the construction phase, meaning designers can test their proposals and determine the best dimensions and proportions, leading to less errors on site during construction.

Why is Virtual Reality great for business?

Help your clients and your company see progress

Some people have a hard time visualising 3D plans – putting clients into a detailed virtual design of the building means they can clearly see the creative elements around them, so they can easily see what they like and dislike. Feedback will be more direct and more straightforward, meaning less time working on the same aspects multiple times, and designs can be completed more quickly.

VR also allows real-time lighting, allowing clients to change from day to night view and see the different features in the different lighting. Simulations can also include the client being able to move around the design, determining the safety of the area such as testing routes to safety exits.

Make your brand known

Virtual Reality in Architecture is becoming increasingly popular. When a customer can fully experience a proposed building, they are more likely to choose your design and company. Staying ahead of the competition and becoming an industry leader will allow your business to maximise the trend of virtual reality.

Examples of Virtual Reality systems

HTC VIVE

Users can touch, control and interact with the virtual world using a wireless, motion-tracked controller in each hand. 360˚ room-scale motion tracking puts users at the centre of everything, so they can roam around freely and explore.

Oculus Rift

Most popular for their focus on gaming apps, but Oculus are expanding more and more into businesses. They can create software applications and content in a 360-degree view.

These headsets require a beasty computer with cutting edge graphics cards and processors that can handle the requirements of creating VR environments with positional tracking. As such, they’re much more suited for your own office, make room for a dedicated space to explore your designs yourself or bringing clients in.

Ideally you’ll want to work with a digital partner (give us a shout) or arch vis specialist who can take your 3D environments and port them to a standalone program.

360* Imagery

If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to take a snapshot of a fixed point of a design, you can create 360* images to explore with the following low cost options. Great to take to meetings and give your clients a quick update and allow them to see the scale.

Samsung Gear VR

The Samsung Gear VR headset, developed in partnership with Oculus, transforms your GALAXY smartphone into a VR device with a 101˚ field of view. Lightweight and portable, this VR device is wireless and relatively low-cost. The additional Gear VR controller can be used as a remote control to navigate your virtual reality with ease.

Google Cardboard

An affordable system that is portable and efficient, as with the gear VR you’ll require a smartphone to make this more than just a box with lenses.

The mobile devices takes a 360* image and combines this with the phone’s built in gyroscope to give you the ability to pan the image where you are looking. It’s relatively in-expensive in comparison to setting up a dedicated VR space, but obviously has its limits. 

We think you could use this for progress updates or quick checkups, opting for a full VR experience when you really want to impress, or are working on a long term project which needs to be realised as well as possible before the expensive construction stage begins.

Need Help?

If you need any assistance with developing a Virtual Reality product we are more than happy to help you through the process. We can discuss specification, installation and to the 3D environments, as well as advise on the products available for specific budgets.

Simply call us on 0333 121 2013 or fill in our quick and easy online enquiry form.