Not everyone has the benefit of being able to walk through a building physically. This may be as a result of not having an time or being geographically separated from where the building is located. As a result, more firms are utilizing virtual reality in architecture, which can help to create a virtual mockup of the building.
The virtual reality is as a result of using 3-D and 4D technology. It makes it possible to take a virtual walk-through of the building. A person can feel as though they are walking through the door, going up a flight of stairs, walking around in the different rooms, and more. This “tour” can happen at any time, from anywhere in the world.This kind of technology is being used prior to buildings being built in order to give investors a better idea as to what they are getting involved in as well as with buyers who want to see property but don’t have the ability to go and see the building firsthand.
The virtual tour also provides an affordable option. Many times, there are changes to be made with blueprints. It can be extremely difficult to see what is going on when everything is one-dimensional. However, when architecture is brought to life, it allows costly mistakes to be caught early on. It also ensures that everyone is on the same page prior to construction commencing.
Due to advancements in computer hardware and architectural software, the ability to immerse the client within the building structure is available with the use of virtual reality in architecture. Virtual reality (VR) simulates a three dimensional environment and also allows for physical interaction within the environment through specialized electronic equipment.
What are some applications of this exciting platform in the world of architecture?
Motion capture allows the virtual visitor to open doors, walk up stairs, and take a panoramic look around rooms. Or maybe sit on the lawn and gaze up at the structure as clouds and sun shift on its daily route. Motion tracking will show people moving about within the structure going about their daily tasks. Visit a conference room and watch a corporate presentation, or watch the employees exit patterns from the building in an emergency. With electronic equipment such as Google glasses which displays content on a head mounted display, and wearable armband devices that allows the user to wirelessly make gestures, VR is quickly moving from the gaming world into engineering and architectural applications. By combining the three dimensional architectural model with visualization techniques, a high resolution environment will offer the illusion of being present and physically interacted within the structure.
Partner with an architectural design services firm experienced in 3D modeling and animation, early in your project design phases. Keep in mind that the end product can also include your needed construction documentation along with an exciting virtual reality presentation for clients. Contact us for more information on this new frontier and how your firm can apply virtual reality applications in your next project.