Virtual Reality (VR) is a hot topic in the architectural industry today. Architects and designers are using the technology to help clients envision the space they are investing in or will be occupying. Starting with a 3D model, companies are creating interactive animations and renderings that can be navigated through, giving the user a sense of the designed space.
Yaeger Architecture recently transformed a Revit Building Information Model into a VR simulation for a client presentation with the help of a local company, Virtutecture. During the presentation, the client strapped on VR goggles and was able to use a controller to walk through the proposed building design. VR is a not only a powerful tool which helps bring the design to life, it is also being used to save money by replacing the need for expensive mock-ups, and to identify potential construction issues before building commences.
The future of Virtual Reality in architecture is very exciting. Architects will be able to design with their hands through Virtual Reality, much like a sculptor. As the technology advances and becomes more accessible, we are excited to explore opportunities and make them available to our clients.