Putting Virtual Reality to use for Interior and Architectural Design

When most think of virtual reality they think of video games, leisure and entertainment. However, this technology is now being put to use in the design and architectural industry. Virtual reality for interior design is a new and upcoming tool that is rapidly developing and we hope it will become common place for our commercial office design Toronto firm. The technology provides a number of advantages that are improving the way designers and architects interact with their concepts and customers.

There are a number of benefits to virtual reality for interior design including: being able to design in the space where work will be completed for accuracy, and a designer making the most of their skills and imagination. In addition to virtual reality, providing a visual tool helps to convey ideas and concepts globally without language barriers, and the ability to make adjustments and tweaks along the way.

Designers and Architects Using Virtual Reality

With a headset, and handheld virtual reality tools, designers can stand in a room and design the space around them. This video from Vrtisan Studio offers an in-depth tutorial to show and explains how designers use virtual reality, to not only visualize their concepts but to see them in 3D, as they would look in their surroundings.

“The technology, which couples VR software created for game designers with hand-held motion controllers, offers designers’ a completely new tool’ according to Ekke Piirisild of the London studio.
‘It’s a whole new way of designing,’ Piirisild told Dezeen. “It allows designers to create more convincing scenes by designing while immersed in them.’

VRtisan has created a video demonstrating the design process, which shows an architect using VR game-developer software Unreal Engine in combination with the HTC Vive headset and motion controllers.”

Not only are designers itching to use this technology for improved creativity and ease of design but like the gaming industry it was derived from, it’s making work even more fun and interesting for the professionals in the office design industry.

Providing a Visual Tool for Customers

Technology not only offers office and commercial designers with the ability to visualize concepts for their own workplace productivity but perhaps even more exciting is the access it provides to doing business with any customer, anywhere in the world. Virtual reality for architectural purposes removes the need for explanation and introduces a visual demonstration.

Take this video from DIRTT’s ICEreality program, for example. If every one of those audience members did not speak the same language as the designer on stage, the audience would still receive an accurate and for many, an even clearer idea of what the designer intends to build in their space. Our commercial office design Toronto team could in theory travel anywhere in the world and bring sustainable office design to any country in the world.

Virtual Reality to Make Adjustments and Tweaks
Another reason virtual reality improves the industry is it allows professionals the ability to make changes, tweaks and adjustments before construction has been initiated. This has the potential to save costly mistakes or avoid them all together. The virtual reality technology allows its users to see their work in real space and time. Seeing the impact of design decisions in real time can assist with selecting the right sizes, materials and form immediately.

Virtual reality technology is still in development but it should be available soon as manufacturer’s release hardware. Knowing that better tools for the trade are rapidly developing is exciting news for the design industry, which has always thrived on trends and technology.

WDI Group specializes in commercial office design in Toronto and is on top of the trends in the design and architectural industry. The firm focuses on design, construction and furnishing with sustainability at the core of their company values. Contact the WDI team of office design professionals today to start planning your creative work environment by dialing 1-888-304-3114.