Virtual reality (VR) is booming.
This astounding technology is being used to great success in many industries.
For instance, the entertainment industry, medical industry, education and marketing and advertising industries are utilising VR more and more.
However, it also has some fantastic uses in the field of architecture and office design.
It essentially allows architects and designers to present their models in a simulated environment, which has a number of benefits.
But first of all, what exactly is virtual reality?
Virtually reality is defined by Merriam-Webster as:
‘An artificial environment which is experienced through sensory stimuli (such as sights and sounds) provided by a computer and in which one’s actions partially determine what happens in the environment’.
We commonly know VR as a computer-generated environment, accessible through a set of goggles and headphones.
How Can VR Be Used in Office Design?
Virtual reality can bring your desired office design to simulated life.
That is, after working with a designer on one or more potential designs for your office, you can plug that into a virtual reality program.
Subsequently, you’ll be able to do a 3D, 360-degree walkthrough in your new office, and inspect it as if it had already been built.
This gives a client an enormous advantage when deciding on a new design, or how certain finishes will look in their office environment.
Obviously, your designer will need to possess the technology to make this happen, and it is a fairly expensive process.
However, the benefits can be immense.
As well as being able to perform a walkthrough of your potential new design, you can also utilise this technology for communication.
For instance, it’s a great tool for organisations with offices across the world. No matter where your management is based, multiple people can view the design process.
Furthermore, through VR, they can have a greater measure of input.
Moreover, you can incorporate virtual reality into your office space once the fit out is complete. This will enable you to hold real time meetings, improving staff collaboration.
Thirdly, virtual reality can make the office design process more cost-efficient.
For instance, the ability to design offices quickly and to a high degree of realism is a huge advantage. You’ll be able to make a more informed decision without having to wait for designs to be mocked up.
This results in a faster process too. That ultimately means your new office will be fitted out sooner, rather than later.