Soluis CEO Scott Grant presented the latest visualisation techniques that can transport your audience to your future environment, whilst improving work performance and engagement. The short introductory presentation also allowed participants to experience first-hand the potential for immersive visualisation for architecture & design applications via the use of their interactive stations.
Virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR, respectively) present architects and their clients with unprecedented opportunities to refine and perfect their projects. From master planning to interior design concepts, the latest visualisation techniques transport viewers into a future environment, allowing improvements to be made before work commences in real life (IRL). This improves outcomes, work performance and client engagement.
Immersive viewing is not a gimmick but potentially the difference between misinterpretation and complete alignment on agreed design. By using immersive, interactive digital media deployed into these innovative technologies our industry can bring the future to life, improving understanding and successfully communicating project details for all stakeholders.
For the past 20 years, Soluis has refined a unique, co-ordinated approach to visualisation for architecture and interior design. By using the latest technology, the Soluis team helps architects immerse audiences in designs with a range of interactive solutions allowing them to bring any digital media into real-world views to aid engagement & understanding. Here, they share a few types of visualisation options and how they can enhance architecture today and into the future:
The latest games engine technology can be used for high-profile projects for major clients. Cutting-edge VR environments are a more efficient production process for more familiar forms of computer-generated imagery and digital media. This enables designers to walk their audience through a proposed future environment – be it a hotel lobby, a school, a community or city – at any stage of the process to ensure faster, better decision making.
Virtual environments are not solely used as representations of future spaces, they also allow for immersive configuration and interactive decision-making tools in the design process. Immersive design configuration gives clients and key stakeholders a life-like experience in proposed spaces, allowing them to virtually perfect a proposed future.
Users can explore each interpretation of the plans in the present, from fixtures and furnishings, to interior layouts, lighting and colour schemes. They are able to make key, influential decisions on direction and design of the final environment, providing a smooth project timeline and a clear, unified end vision.
Whilst VR headsets have their place for solo experiences, there is often the need for more dynamic and shared experiences of spaces. Using AR applications also gives designers the opportunity to present spaces without the need for lots of equipment. Bringing a project to life with “Magic Door” immersive walk-throughs, or overlaying content on table-top interactive floor-plans, these presentation assets provide the perfect platform for visual engagement whilst on the move and in groups.
Shared immersion allows a group of people to simultaneously experience a virtual environment. Traditional VR is a solitary experience requiring a headset that isolates us from our environment, often making us feel self-conscious and vulnerable. By using a Reality Portal there is no barrier between the person and the experience, or with other people. By using a screen specifically formed to map the form of the human eye, the installation offers a unique central position that aligns the viewer’s perspective with the immersive media being displayed to offer the most compelling and believable simulated reality.
The Reality Portal offers the ultimate collaborative review and presentation experience. Whether the aim is to present detailed environments, interactive media or project models, an experiential approach to visual engagement will elevate interaction and deliver new levels of efficiency. This is key during the design process to accelerate audiences’ understanding and improve decision making, with unparalleled levels of clarity.