How Virtual Reality Is Fast Taking the Stage in Architecture
“The incredible thing about the technology is that you feel like you’re actually present in another place with other people. People who try it say it’s different from anything they’ve ever experienced in their lives." — Mark Zuckerberg.
We’re living in the digital age, where artificial intelligence is commonplace and Virtual Reality is no longer something that exists only in Steven Spielberg movies. Today about 78% of Americans are familiar with VR technology, a stunning jump from just 45% in 2015.
Additionally, the global VR market is expected to grow to a whopping $209.2 billion by 2022.VR has proved to be a priceless tool for the architecture industry. From presenting a project to carrying out the actual design, right to marketing it upon completion, architects are able to utilize VR in every activity.
One of the first steps in architecture is visualizing the project, bringing what’s in your head, from there into the real world.
Once that is done, the next step is making corrections to your design. Virtual Reality helps smooth these two processes all at once.
Architects using VR can now enter a building and change the design of the windows, walls, and many others, using a headset and controllers. Not only does this help facilitate the design of the project, but it also makes it more detailed and decreases the likelihood of mistakes later on.
In these past years, architects would submit projects to clients with 3D presentations, floor plans, or detailed power-point slides. Proposing an idea to a client that expresses the design and ideas of your architectural vision isn’t an easy task.
Selling the idea isn’t simple, and most times, clients find it hard to visualize what the finished project will look like. Especially clients who don’t comprehend the technical aspects of models, blueprints, and drawings.
Nowadays, with VR, architects can create presentations that fully immerse the client in the virtual, final design. This allows clients to experience the finished project before the first blocks have even been prepared.
Advantages And Benefits
Why use VR to present your work? Why not use the conventional way everyone uses? It's simple.
The startup cost for introducing VR into your architectural practice is low. Headsets are cheaper than they were. Additional setups would be needed for presentations, but a client won off; this would make it money well spent.Using VR also gives you an edge over your counterparts that are sticking to their PowerPoint presentations. Everyone would choose a fully immersive virtual reality experience over a computer-rendered 3D presentation.