Architects are becoming far more aware of how new technology can work for them and particularly how it can help convince clients that their designs hit the mark.
Working in the 3D BIM environment and making the most of the benefits this brings to the design process and coordinating with other consultants is becoming second nature, but we need to expose the huge additional benefits it can provide for selling schemes and exciting our clients from the outset.
VR headset technology is the perfect platform to really engage clients with a strong design vision, that may otherwise be missed or misinterpreted.
“The second we put goggles on them, it was like, ‘Oh yeah. Build that. That’s great. That’s what I want.’” VR can play an important role at all stages of the design-to-construction process, from evaluating design options and showcasing proposals, to designing out errors and ironing out construction and serviceability issues before breaking ground on site. Even at the conceptual phase, VR can be an effective means of exploring the relationships between spaces – the impact of light on a room at different times of the day or year, or views from mezzanine floors. With a physical scale model or BIM model on screen, you still have to imagine what it would be like to exist inside the space. With VR, you actually experience the proportion and scale.