VR has been a buzz-word in the architecture industry for many years now. Clients want it without really knowing how to make use of it! How do you package and sell it?
360 panoramic VR
360 panoramas are a simple version of virtual reality, but also the most easily distributed. Anyone with a web-browser, smart phone or cheaper VR headset can experience your project. With a QR code you can do away with typing in the link. Just think... if this is promoted and shared well, you could have hundreds or thousands of visitors. That's a good investment!
Try scanning the QR code with your mobile or click here if you are already on your mobile▼
▼ The tour was developed for a new hospital building called H-Huset, at the USÖ in Örebro. The QR code was created so visitors at the hospital's exhibition could experience the new building on-site. The client uploaded the VR tour to the hospital's website - 360VR tour of H-Huset. The tour takes the user outside the main entrance, through the entrance, the waiting rooms, an examination room, operating theatre and recovery room.
▼ Region Örebro published this film about H-Huset to promote their exhibition and the interactive VR. As well as showing the 360VR, they looped both of my info-films/animations and presented large format prints of my still images.
▼ A 360VR of Arlanda Airport.
Fully immersive VR
Fully immersive virtual reality can give the user the full degree of movement. I have seen people crawling around on the floor experiencing this! It allows for interaction; opening doors, moving chairs, painting or notetaking. You can change the time of day, become a giant, change the building's finishes. It is very powerful but also can be very development heavy and hardware reliant.
I have setup this type of VR at Sweco utilising a plugin for Revit called Enscape. The beauty of this plugin is that you can very quickly experience your Revit model in realtime. We had architects using it to check their models for faults and to experience their designs. I have seen collaboration where one architect is in VR, while another sits with Revit running on a laptop. The first architect describes what needs fixing and the second fixes it there and then! Clients also loved using the VR setup. It made a fanastic workshop area where together the our team could experience the project and get more responsive and useful feeback from a better informed client.
▼ I can setup and run a variety of VR programs on hardware such as the HTC Vive and Occulus.