Virtual Reality Architecture: The New Design Experience

The use of virtual reality is pretty well-known to most of the public. It is known to be used for movie or video watching and it is particularly big in the gaming world. However, more and more institutions and fields are now seeing the potential of using virtual reality outside of its, well, box.

Virtual reality has now crossed over to many fields from the military to sports and media. Some of these may not be as familiar to most of us but there are many more uses to virtual reality than what we are accustomed to.

It is being used in the medical field for diagnosis and treatment. Aside from the medical field, it is also now being used in automotive manufacturing from the design process all the way to manufacturing.

One of the fields that is starting to maximize the use of virtual reality in their relevant field is architecture. Many believe that virtual architecture would be the thing of the future for design.

Virtual Reality and the Architect

With the emergence and use of virtual reality in the architecture world, architects are now able to see their vision in 3D allowing them to visualize their designs. They can pretty much open doors, turn on lights, change the color of the walls or even change a structure by using virtual reality. This also allows architects to view their design and structure under different conditions and design from lighting placements to weather conditions.

By using virtual reality in design-making, architects now also have the freedom to make certain changes or tweaks on their design and seeing the result of those changes quicker. Virtual reality architecture also made it easier for architects to see and pinpoint any design mistakes or quirks that they may not have seen or have been lost on paper. It essentially will provide them with a scale-model of their design so they can “tour” a space and check out any adjustments that they need to make.

It is also now easier for them to show their clients what a design would actually look like once constructed making it a great presentation tool. Aside from being a great presentation architectural tool, the use of virtual reality also allows architects and clients alike to make design decisions and changes instantly. The waiting time to see the changes made is shorter.

Virtual Reality Architecture and the End-User

One of the biggest challenges in the architecture field is getting feedback from their clients, having them make a decision, and potentially integrate those changes into a workable design. With the use of virtual reality, architects can now create spaces that buyers can see and experience without having to wait for it to be built.

It will provide end users a real-like view of what the design will look like rather than just having to look at a design on paper.

The realistic images that the end-user sees will allow them to know exactly what a design would look like before it is actually built. It basically allows you to walk around in the new structure before construction.

Being able to see in advance what a particular design would look like once constructed provides clients the opportunity to see what they are getting and think about how they can potentially use or design a space. It lessens surprises in terms of overall design and spatial limitations; giving you a pretty good idea of what a space would look like.

Doing this saves both the architect and clients a lot of time and money. Instead of having to build models or drawing and re-drawing designs on paper or a computer, an architect can make the necessary adjustments and the client would instantly see what those changes are and if those changes would work well with their overall design view.

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