Tech for Architects is complicated and the onslaught of new Technology appears without end. One of the more recent Tech Items that is gaining favor is of course VR for Architects.
The great thing about VR is that it's the rare technology that can be used for Project Management and Review - as well as client demo's - at a comparatively inexpensive onboarding.
The costs associated with a virtual reality center include:
- VR Headset - $500 (HTC Vive) - $400 ( Oculus)
- VR Plugin or Render - $50 per month (IrisVR.com)
- Computer - $2000 for quality laptop - we recommend MSI gaming laptops for best price and experience
- Training - 2-3 hours. Most Architects can be up and running with little input as this tech already integrates with software currently being used like Revit, 3dsMax, Shetchup, Rhino.
Another great way to use VR is for Marketing and client experience. A new player to the game is Sentio - which provides easy to use and send VR walk-throughs. All this tech can be done internally - but with more effort and administration.
A portfolio is the standard way for architects to show their work and their style, process and brand. Over the last decade, portfolios have evolved from paper to digital, primarily because it is more time and cost efficient to maintain a digital portfolio and keep it up-to-date.
Within the realm of digital portfolios, choices can range between an app, a PDF, to a web-hosted portfolio. Architects usually choose to use JPEGs as the main element of the portfolio and may add text or other digital media like video or audio.
However, with the increasing use of new technologies like Virtual Reality to present architectural work - there is a strong case for creating and maintaining an immersive VR portfolio of your work to differentiate your brand in front of your audience and embrace newer technologies.
We will look at the key aspects of creating and sharing a VR portfolio for architecture projects.
What does a VR portfolio look like?
A VR portfolio works as an extension of your digital portfolio with the added advantage that your audience can view the spaces in 360°. This creates a feeling of presence and enables a better understanding of your work. Here's a sample VR portfolio in order to explain the idea using www.sentiovr.com - a web platform for presenting spaces in VR.
How can I get 360° content for my projects ?
To make your VR portfolio, the most important requirement is to have 360° images of your projects. Again, depending on what you need to show, there are various ways of creating 360° content of your projects.
For 3D modeled spaces, you can learn the basics of generating 360° renders from the tutorials. Refer to our previous posts on Archdaily or step-by-step tutorials here:
There are also 360° cameras of good quality and affordable price, like the Samsung 360 or Ricoh Theta that can instantly create 360° images without any training.