Applications of Virtual Reality in Architecture

In late years, there have been rapid developments in the field of Virtual reality. This change is actively reflected most apparently in engineering, architecture and construction industry. Virtual reality assists the architects in representing the object in the virtual world which are very close to the objects in the real world. Since any objects can be ‘virtualised’, the designs of architecture can also be made with the help of virtual reality. The designs can be of 1:1 – scale and in three-dimension which can provide a phenomenal accuracy. One of the potential advantages it gives is that bugs in the construction can easily be identified and fixed. As a result, the cost of construction and repairing will reduce drastically.Virtual reality can also be used to visualize buildings and monuments of cultural and historic importance.

With the use of some applications using virtual reality as a concept, the architecture can be realized. The design can be used to investigate the material, environment, and the needs of construction. The application can also be used to change the colour, lighting and other attributes of the object in the real-time, enabling the architect to interact and make changes at the same time.

Not only interiors, the external factors affecting the whole building like heat exposure, safety parameters and sunlight can also be visualized.With the help of virtual reality, the user can inspect the objects at a real scale and from any angle by merely walking around the objects no matter how complex the object can be, like a wardrobe or a wind turbine.

Another important feature is that the model proposed by the architects can easily be shown to the client by using virtual reality. The client can interact with the model, which means he or she can be able to switch on or off the lights, close or open doors and also can move other objects in space. This will help in obtaining comprehensive feedback from the client making the model better and influential even before the commencement of the actual work.

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