Next came 3D rendering programmes, Sketch-up a firm favourite for many, and now for us we have landed on ArchiCAD. Here we could have the precision of architectural drawings and also produce 3D renders within the same programme. Saving both time & money this appealed to my efficiencies and productivity drivers. And with 3Ds we can develop the project visually and show a client how the space looks. This was and has been a winner, however I have an eternal desire for improvement and 3Ds are just really good 2D perspectives. Whilst the visual is developed in a 3D programme, you then print it on to a 2D piece of paper.
This is where Virtual Reality comes in – this is not entirely new and not new either to the design industry. But for Spaceworks, we are now using it on every project and for the sole purpose of clients experience. We want every client to understand their new space via a 3D world. No more flat 2D space plans, no more printed 3D renders. When we complete a space plan clients will now put on a headset of goggles and walk around the space, they can check the size of their reception area, the can see the way spaces interconnect, they can physically feel distances and walk through the space.
From a business perspective this meets more of the efficiency and productivity drivers. Lengthy explanations about the space, the whys and how’s are explained visually. This technology assists in decision making early on around the space configuration before commencing into developed design and working drawings.
When it comes to developed design, we now go through another process where the materials, finishes, features, textures are all added. This provides a further opportunity for the client to see and feel the proposed design. With colour swatches and static 3Ds it is challenging to communicate excitement and instil emotion around a design. VR cuts out much of the leg work, comprehension around the design is faster and client engagement is more successful. This full immersion experience is a game changing addition to communicating design.
I am excited for more of our clients to experience this technology, for them to find the design process more collaborative and engaging, and for them to be able to proceed on projects with confidence around their decision making as they can see the visual impact.
From a Spaceworks perspective, I am excited that this will enable easier communication around design, that it will provide a more efficient way to complete projects, and that it will provide and enhance their own design journey. An engaged emotive experience is best when felt by both the client and the designer.