Let’s understand this first. Virtual Reality (VR) is not limited to our fantastical gaming experience only. Possibilities abound to the limit of our imagination.
The technology is still in its infancy, but the latest advancements in the technology have definitely brought down the elite tag from it and made it accessible to common masses. This has opened a plethora of avenues for it to develop and use.

VR For Architects & Interior Designers

WHY DO THEY NEED IT?

Infact, The real question should have been WHY DO WE- the clients NEED IT?

Architects and interior designers often have a tough time making their designs intelligible to their clients through 2D illustrations. Many a times, you must have felt lost in the baffling world of lines and grids on the paper. And, it is not something to what you could say ‘OK, do it now. We will change it if looked odd.’

HOW VR HELPS?

Animated and Scale models do give us a better idea of how our office or home will be like, but we still struggle to visualise architectural space. But, with VR being around, the industry is ready for a revolutionary makeover.

Since VR is digital simulation of the environment, real or imagined, VR enabled illustrations are the exact replica of the design to the exact 1:1 scale, which helps the designers to eliminate any scope of calculation error from creeping in. Designers can let us walk through their designs and interact in endless possible ways. A single gesture can lead to infinite customization; modify or hide walls, doors, windows, furniture, decorative objects or natural and artificial light conditions, change the color of wall paint, add or remove layers and what not.

As they say, ‘changing a pixel is much easier than changing a brick or knocking down a wall’.

Thus, VR does make life simpler and saves you resources; time, money and energy.

HOW TO CONVERT 2D INTO VR?

For architectural visualization applications, the simulated environment is most often created with a real-time engine, may be an app, where a 3D model – often exported from Revit, SketchUp, or other BIM applications, is used as a basis for creating the virtual reality application.
Some of the best known in the field are:

FOR ARCHITECTS & INTERIOR DESIGNERS

Iris VR
UNITY3D
Architects Interactive (VR)
ARQ VR
Arch Virtual
Truvision
SketchUp
Smart Reality
Visidraft
Project Tango

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FOR INTERIOR DESIGNERS EXCLUSIVELY

Planned5D
AR Pandora
Ikea
Wayfair
Decorilla
Google’s Tilt Brush

Panoramic Portfolio

Besides, they can develop their portfolio in 360 degree panoramic images which can be uploaded online on portals like 2VR.in.in which can be accessed from any mobile (Android or iOS) or browser. You can share images without the need of installing any additional application or software.

Conclusion

VR is gradually becoming an indispensable part of architecture, engineering, interior designing and construction industries. All you need to do is put on your VR headset and foresee things before even construction starts. The implications are going to be amazing because the way we understand and visualise architectural concepts are about to change. The ability to intricately examine the prototype and explore possibilities in virtual space will definitely lead to better and targeted buildings.

Image Credits: Google Images & 2VR.in

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