Virtual reality walkthroughs are transforming architecture

Virtual reality has begun to radically transform architecture, giving rise to “virtual property inspections” that provide a clear view of a property before construction crews even break ground. Contrary to what people see on their favorite real estate reality shows, which showcase a seamless process of building out and decorating a gorgeous home in the span of 30 minutes (including commercials), turning a high-cost real estate dream into reality is no easy feat.

As many architects are aware, one of the biggest challenges an architect faces is effectively communicating a design to clients, developers, and financial investors. With the numerous design and construction complexities that already come into play when bringing a large-scale architectural vision to fruition, minimizing worry over project communication is key to creative and technical success. VR can help achieve that.

There is only so much visualization a traditional 2D drawing and 3D model can provide. Fortunately, when you strap on a VR headset, the medium’s unique ability to help the viewer experience an environment accurately is the ideal tool to architects seeking an all-encompassing visualization model.

Conduct a property walkthrough before building

At my company, we ask clients to don a VR headset and experience a virtual property inspection before breaking ground. We’ve found that helping them step into a property, virtually, prevents unnecessary waste of significant amounts of time and money, and offers the highest level of clarity to everyone involved in the design process. With a VR head-mounted display, viewers are immersed in a fully interactive three-dimensional environment that provides a virtual representation of the building as a whole, including every room and hallway, down to pieces of furniture within. Some of the highest-level VR models allow viewers to maneuver throughout the property and open doors, turn on a light switch, experience future poolside views and city views, and beyond.

Above: Sunset Plaza view in virtual reality

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The interior design aspect of a building is also incorporated in a VR model in order to provide the most accurate representation of a finished blueprint. With expert guidance and collaboration from the lead interior designer on a project, the virtual environment can provide visuals of the furniture pieces and textile choices, countertops, floor designs, and other specific decor features that bring the…

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