Virtual reality is a technology that is becoming extremely popular. One of the reasons for this popularity is virtual reality technology’s ability to let you visit places which are far away or do not even exist anymore, or is yet to be built. Viewing places that are yet to be built is one virtual reality application that is being used by architecture firms like TEG Architects – an architecture firm based in Jeffersonville, Indiana, USA.
Clients of TEG Architects view 360-degree renderings of projects that are yet to be built, using Samsung Gear VR headsets. It was 3D illustrator Charles Crochet’s interest in virtual reality that led to the technology finding its way to the firm. In August 2015, Crochet and Jason Gibeault, a fellow 3D illustrator, went to the computer graphics conference SIGGRAPH – it was here that they got to learn a lot about virtual reality. After this, the duo started thinking about how to place clients in building projects that were yet to be built.
They showed Google Cardboard – an economical cardboard VR headset from Google – to a senior in the firm and received the go-ahead to purchase equipment. The price tag did go higher as the duo found out that the computers they had lacked the power for rendering the scenes. Thorntons, a client, got to see the results of what the duo had been working on. A chain of convenience stores and gas stations in Louisville, Kentucky, Thorntons LLC is a brand that dates back to 1971. Thorntons hired TEG Architects as the lead architect for designing their corporate headquarters on a 100,000-square-foot plot.
Thorntons was very impressed by the 360 views that TAG architects showed them. Among those impressed was Rodney Loyd, Thorntons’ chief development officer. He said that while 2D drawings and 3D printouts which architects show clients are great, they really do not help one to know what it would be like to be ‘within’ the designed space. Virtual reality easily overcomes this handicap as it places one right within a space. Virtual reality contributed greatly towards improving the design as it helped to identify flaws which would have otherwise been easily missed on 2D drawings or 3D printouts. For example, while viewing the project in virtual reality it was noticed that a staircase was disrupting the sight line extending from the front to the back of the project. This was corrected by narrowing the staircase.
In short, virtual reality saved the day by bringing the attention of both the client and the architect to a mistake before it got built. This shows that virtual reality can be an extremely valuable tool for both architects and clients, helping to avoid surprises after project completion. It is easy to see that virtual reality is a promising technology with its multitude of applications in a variety of fields. By hiring the services of a reputed virtual reality agency, you can use virtual reality for the promotion and growth of your business. The right virtual reality company will deliver only the best, right from 360 photography, 3D virtual reality and virtual reality videos to creating virtual tours and 360 panoramas.