Virtual Reality (VR) has shown potential to have applications in diverse areas. One such area is architecture. Architecture design involves creating structures with different goals and intentions. Some are aimed at realizing an outlandish but spectacular masterpiece while other focus more on practicality and ease of use. One thing that all architects aim to achieve is to come up with a vision and turn it into reality. Virtual Reality could definitely help in making the process better and ensure that there is a faithful transition of that vision into the real world. To further understand the role of VR in the architecture industry, let’s talk about how it can contribute.
The most basic benefit of VR with regards to architects is the fact that they can actually see and inspect how their creation would look upon completion. The advancement of technology means that now VR is quite capable of creating highly realistic visuals. With VR, architects can thoroughly inspect the aesthetic aspect of the structure as if they were in front of it. They can mix and match features such as color of paints, style of windows, positioning of doors etc. If they do not like something, alterations can be made to the design. This entire process removes the need to make physical models and can save resources. There would be no need to make detailed pictures and blueprints, which can be time consuming, as the VR structures would prove to be a viable substitute.
Similarly, VR can be used to pitch ideas to clientele as well. They can be given detailed tours of the building through VR headsets. This will allow them to experience the building before it’s completed. It can allow existing customers to review the design and suggest changes while prospective clients can view it as a sample of the architect’s capabilities. This can be mutually beneficial for both customers and architects alike. Both parties would not have to go through long discussions to explain how they would like the finished project to look like. The customers can simply highlight the areas from the VR that needs changes and it would save the time needed to convey their point of view. As a result, the architects can simply make the changes in the VR design and show it to the customer. This would also reduce a possible scenario where changes are requested after the construction is completed. In that event, the project is delayed altogether as unnecessary work is added on the timeline. However, with VR, customer has had a detailed and realistic view of what the project would look like in finished form and thus minimizes this prospect.
Like with any sector, the architecture industry can benefit from the integration of the VR with the social media. It can increase the outreach of the architects to possible clients and clients can find their desired architect with much more ease. It can be a great way for architects to stand out from the pack and take their business to new heights.