Immersive architecture has the potential to break new ground in the field of architecture. The key is in its name – “Immersive.” That, by its very nature, means that clients and architects can get a better feel of what the other is trying to say. But how will this immersive nature improve communication and what are some of the obstacles it can tear down? Let’s have a look.
The gap in technical know-how has long been one of the most significant problem areas in the field of architecture. Architects and designers expect their clients to be able to follow along every step of the way. Clients, on the other hand, don’t have the expertise or the technical know-how to keep up with the architects.
The introduction of VR (virtual reality) and AR (augmented reality) into architecture through immersive architecture looks to bridge the knowledge gap between the two parties.
Since clients are effectively in a simulation, they are better equipped to give feedback with regards to the designs. Virtual reality offers clients a sense of scale. This can significantly improve the type of feedback they provide and actually allows the architects to make changes in real time. Because of this, the process no longer needs to be long and drawn out.
There’s no doubt that immersive architecture in VR and AR can lead to a massive improvement in communication between clients and architects. However, both technologies are still costly and getting the best out of them requires skilled developers and designers.
There’s no need to fear, though. The technology is getting cheaper as time passes and immersive architecture is well on its way to becoming the mainstream.
Immersive architecture has the potential to revolutionize communication between the client and the architect. With the ability to completely immerse (hence the name) the client within an architect’s design, it will help clients better understand the said designs and give feedback accordingly.
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