Architects Embracing VR Technologies to stay Ahead!

By CIOReview | Monday, August 5, 2019

Virtual reality technologies have gone from speculative to omnipresent within a couple of years. Now, it has the potential to revolutionize the design process in the hands of architects and designers.

FREMONT, CA: The advent of architecture applications for Virtual Reality (VR) has been one of the great stories of the past few years— in the future, VR will become an integral part not only of presenting a project but also of the design process. Architecture is no different, and that's why architecture and design could transform this industry with virtual reality. The biggest challenge for many design-led industries is often to convince the customer that the finished article will look just like the 2D or 3D representation, or better than that. That's where VR comes in on its own. It will transport users into a complete interactive 3D environment as an immersive technology, allowing them to explore a virtual image of a particular room, or entire building design.

For architects and designers, VR technology has so much potential. Virtual reality possesses the ability to sell an idea better than any other medium, from initial design mock-ups to project collaboration to the finishing touches that make a building design go from good to great. The architecture description of VR may sound quite superficial. Undoubtedly it will work as a presentation tool, enabling customers to gain an understanding of the scale and visceral level of design.

The VR technology will need to allow customers to interact with a proposed model to be truly effective fully; to go as far as opening and closing doors and windows, turning on and off lights, and moving objects around the room. This interaction level will then have to be part of the client's. Finally, the final design incorporates this visual feedback. In the virtual world, real-time changes could also occur, enabling customers to gain a sense of specific aesthetic features such as wall color, lighting, and even furniture.

Finally, bringing VR for architecture to the next level enables users not only to explore and interact with virtual constructions in the process but also to generate immersive urban designs. Customers will also be able to use existing 3D renderings during the design process to build VR versions of upcoming projects quickly and efficiently.