What will it look like? Let’s take a play out of our kids playbook by tapping into the gaming technology and apply it to proposed architecture. Tsoi/Kobus & Associates in Cambridge is doing just that by using Revizto to create a digital building. Put on the virtual reality goggles and let’s go for a walk.
To “enter” a building, the client dons a pair of Oculus virtual reality goggles and gets an immersive first-person view. If she turns her head to the right, she sees what’s to the right. If she walks down stairs, using a joystick or keyboard commands to move, she feels a slight bounce on each step. She can walk through doors or go up on the roof to get a sense of how it will feel to be inside the space.
Another magical part? All of this can be done before a contract for a building is even awarded and could eliminate the need for creating life-size physical mock-ups out of plywood — making the whole process much more efficient.