Virtual reality has the power to transform architecture and bring new possibilities to new builds and renovation projects alike. Experiencing your new home before a brick has been laid is a truly singular experience: one that requires a unique design process that leverages cutting edge technology.
VR can be invaluable for architects and clients alike, as it represents a leap in user experience when viewing and discussing projects.
This naturally leads to questions about cost. Architecture is already a substantial investment, and as such some try and keep their spend at this point to as little as possible. VR in architecture shouldn’t be overlooked as an option due to the benefits it brings - as we explore below:
VR architecture: the benefits & cost to the client
In architecture terms, virtual reality is used as a means of delivering plans to clients in a format that is easier to visualise and put things into context. 3D design is already common in many contemporary architecture practices, but virtual reality experiences crafted from these designs are not yet as widespread – especially in Cornwall.
For both architects and their clients, the advantages of using VR are clear:
- Architects can show clients their future space in an exceptional level of detail.This detail, delivered in 3D via VR, is second to none, giving clients a complete understanding of how their new home will exist in space and what materials will be used.
- This improves the feedback loop between client and architect – because VR delivers designs in a format that clients understand just as well as architects do, the playing field is completely level in developing understanding between both parties, and makes it easier to make adjustments on the fly.
- Because of the above, unforeseen costs down the line are mitigated, with fewer hitches surfacing as the result of a disconnect in understanding between architect and client. Changes made further along in a project can be expensive; with VR, these changes are very unlikely to occur, meaning that these additional costs can be avoided altogether.
Do VR architecture services add more cost to a project?
When compared with most costs associated with a project (be it a renovation or complete newbuild), the initial investment associated with using VR equipment is minimal to none - and this cost can be offset almost immediately by avoiding the possibility of difficult to remove features in the design that are not always apparent in 2D drawings. In fact you are far more likely to save money further down the line by making changes or avoiding mistakes that you spot in VR; it’s far easier to make changes in a 3D simulation than it is on a real building after all.
For this reason, we believe it’s a vital evolution for the profession, as VR revolutionises the client experience for the better.
Learn more about VR architecture at Marraum Architects
At Marraum, we use cutting-edge VR technology to power our client experience as standard. Our team design VR spaces entirely in practice, giving every client access to a next-gen architectural experience.