Although hyper-realistic computer-generated renders have been around for a long time in architectural circles, it is surprising that architects have yet to catch on to the next phase of interactive technology—augmented reality (AR)—to help in their design process.
Perceived barriers such as AR integration with popular design tools like CAD are rapidly being quashed by software that does link the two.
Customised AR apps can now allow architects to perform a range of functions beyond the abilities of the previous generation of computer-generated renders.
Using AR architects can look inside static architectural models; visualise external sun angles and shadows throughout a day; track and display how wind would flow around their designs; simulate events such as fire evacuations; or how people would move through or leave a building.
AR apps can allow architects to switch between day and night views of their building or gain a sense of how it sits in a dynamic environment, with trees, birds, passing cars and pedestrians (including sound effects).
‘Ghosted’ overlays can help clients or laypeople explore and understand an architect’s logic, colour design and sense of scale.
They can even be used to collaborate with builders to identify any problem areas in construction.
The beauty of all of this is that it can be done in real-time (no need to wait for a render) with AR versions that allow for real-time manipulation of 3D objects in the environment, and spatial alterations.
See an example of how AR is helping in a spatial planning here
If you’d like to talk about AR opportunities for your next project, contact APositive on 1800 787 564 or email us