Always one step ahead of the game, architecture and design firm Studio Five displays its projects in virtual reality, allowing clients to view their future homes or offices in a hyper-realistic manner. Skot Thayer takes us on a virtual ride through this cutting-edge technology...
The future is here. Drones, smartphones, and virtual reality are all becoming part of the mainstream. The breakneck pace of our current technological advancement will leave no life unaltered and no industry unchanged. In the architecture world, the ability to render and experience virtual worlds has already revolutionised the way many companies do business. Egypt’s Studio Five has begun to take digital renderings - which have been a must-have in the industry for years - to the next, sci-fi made real-life, level.
The fidelity of architectural renderings has increased exponentially, reaching an apex where they are nearly indistinguishable from reality. Photorealistic lighting and textures give clients the ability to step into a virtual future and see the project, whether it be a condo, office, or business place, fully realised in three dimensions, before any physical construction has been started. This allows Studio Five's clients to give feedback - not based on drawings, or after construction is under way where changes can be costly, but in a digital environment where making changes is as easy as a few clicks of the mouse. However, reviewing a static image on a computer monitor is old hat at this point, and like I said at the beginning, this is the future.
Studio Five is one of the first architecture firms in the region to begin using 360-degree videos to allow clients to become completely immersed in the project, by moving the mouse or holding up a smartphone and using its motion sensing capabilities to allow the user to see through an LCD screen into a future of endless possibilities. 360-degree videos are viewable on almost any device, be it mobile or a computer. Using a small tablet or mobile is far more interesting however; you are essentially holding up a piece of glass, turning and lifting it like a handheld window into your future home or office. While it certainly has the ability to immerse you in whatever stylish setting Studio Five is creating for you, a small screen is limited in its vantage point. Now with the prospect of virtual reality looming over every industry, from video games to healthcare, Studio Five is embracing the cutting edge and making VR available to their clients.
Studio Five just started launching 360 design videos. 360 video is a completely new experience because you can move the camera around. This opens new ways of experiencing the design and makes you feel like you're part of what you're watching. It's a step towards even more realistic experiences.A landscape designed by Studio Five.Posted by Studio Five on Tuesday, November 17, 201Five