Designer believes in virtual future for architecture

In a recent interview, artist Olivier Demangel predicted that architects will increasingly use 3D goggles as part of the design process.

Speaking to Dezeen, Demangel believed that within five years architects will be able to show potential clients a virtual design, which will be nearly as convincing as actual buildings. He recently showed off a virtual reality (VR) model to the reporting team at the architecture magazine. He built his 3D design, which is a mock-up of Ty Hedfan, a counter levered home in Wales, from photos of the structure.

He told Dezeen:

“In the Ty Hedfan demo you can open the doors and turn on the lights. You can instantly change materials for the walls, the floor, the position of lights. Interactivity means you can experiment with a lot of different options — design, materials, lighting, weather — very quickly.”

The model can be viewed as a series of walkthrough movies, but it apparently comes to life when the user dons a special VR headset. The 3D vision of the goggles can supposedly trick the mind of the wearer into believing that they are actually present inside the model, in order to create a truly immersive experience.

Soon, architects in North Wales, as well as across the world, may be able to let their clients experience their designs in a way that is simply not possible today. Demangel predicted that all architecture practices will adopt 3D technology to help them to test out new design ideas. He ended the interview with the intriguing statement that people would soon be in a position “to experience The Matrix for real”.

Posted by Matt Hughes
May 8, 2015
Architecture in the Media

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