Virtual reality (VR) is a simulated experience that engages users in 360 degrees of visual content. This computer-generated technology created an artificial environment, placing the user inside an experience by stimulating different senses, such as vision, hearing, touch, and smell. Imagine walking inside a building downtown, while still sitting at your home office. Applications of VR in the architecture and interior design field are immersive, offering boundless potentials. At Truspace, we have incorporated VR as a design tool to help us discover new insights into our office design ideas, as well as enhance our design process. Let’s take a look at what we have learned about VR and how it fits into the future of office design and architecture.
Design with precision
With VR, designers can replicate the spatial characteristics of any given environment with a high degree of precision, from the dimensions, the relationships between spaces to the way lighting and sound operate within the space. This function allows them to easily translate their visions into the design.
The design’s minutiae can be communicated in a way that was not previously possible, making it easier to avoid translation problems across specialisms (e.g. between engineers and interior designers).
Allow greater collaboration
Applying VR technology to office interior design helps decision-makers better visualize the outcomes of the designs. They can see the designer’s vision in a much more deep, detailed, and immediate way. With VR, different functions, from engineering to construction team, can easily work and collaborate on the design. All stakeholders now can engage in the design, walk through the space and make any required changes, such as furniture finishes, colour schemes, lighting at different times of day, flooring samples, and other design details on the spot without having to wait for the design to finish to see how the project turns out.
Save time and money
The beauty of VR is the ability for the users to walk through multiple locations, layouts and buildings in one centralized place, interact with the design and make changes as they wish as opposed to the traditional design process. With the use of this immersive technology, unforeseen problems in the design are caught and fixed earlier, accelerating the process, preventing any delays and major changes in the building stage, which may lead to a substantial financial increase.
In the past, office interior designers relied on hand drawing and manual rendering to create a great office space for clients. With this new technology, not only does it increase collaboration and communications between designers and clients, but it also helps to reduce time and money on projects.
Contact us today to learn more about how we use VR to turn your office dream into your dream office.