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Imag­ine stand­ing in your new kitchen or climb­ing the stairs to your new mas­ter bed­room suite be­fore the first foun­da­tions have even been poured.

Bowen Hills firm Cle­ments Clarke Architects (CCA) is us­ing vir­tual re­al­ity to bring their clients’ homes to life, tak­ing the con­cept of ren­der­ing to the next level by us­ing 2D, 3D and other ar­chi­tec­tural mod­el­ling soft­ware to cre­ate an im­mer­sive ex­pe­ri­ence for those look­ing to build their dream home.

Matthew Cle­ments of Cle­ments Clarke Architects said some clients strug­gled to grasp their de­signs us­ing more tra­di­tional meth­ods.

“As pro­fes­sion­als, we deal with ar­chi­tec­tural ideas and the draw­ings as­so­ci­ated with them ev­ery day,” he said.

“Over the years, we have found that some clients can’t al­ways grasp what the 2D plans are con­vey­ing.

“We wanted a new a way to show our de­signs to our clients – to get them as ex­cited about their project as we are and to help them bet­ter un­der­stand the de­sign.”

“This ex­pe­ri­ence is more than just walk­ing through a build­ing.

“The model is geo synched to the ac­tual site so that clients can ex­pe­ri­ence re­al­is­tic light and shad­ows at any time of the day.”

Us­ing a HTC VIVE head­set and wire­less con­trollers, clients can see and ex­pe­ri­ence their dream home with­out leav­ing the Cle­ments Clarke of­fice.

“It is also a handy tool for us as architects. We pro­duce 2D con­struc­tion draw­ings off the 3D vir­tual model,” Mr Cle­ments said.

This new VR tech­nol­ogy of­fers a point of dif­fer­ence over tra­di­tional an­i­ma­tion and ren­der­ing and is of­fered free of charge to CCA clients.

En­tire de­signs can be changed in real time, be­fore the build­ing stage, giv­ing clients the op­por­tu­nity to tweak their dream homes to suit their needs.

“For in­stance, if you would like a window changed, the model up­dates and within a few sec­onds what you are see­ing will have changed as well,” Mr Cle­ments said.

The fi­nal walk through ren­der can be ex­ported to ex­ter­nal plat­forms such as show­rooms, sales of­fices, web­sites and so­cial me­dia.

CCA clients Ted and Emi Cheng of Abor De­vel­op­ments praised the tech­nol­ogy.

“You can get a sense of size from see­ing a room on a piece of pa­per. See­ing it, ex­pe­ri­enc­ing it, all in 3D, is some­thing else,” Mr Cheng said.

“I can stand in our liv­ing room, turn around and look back through to our kitchen, or walk over to the win­dows and look down into the court­yard.

“It re­ally shows how all the rooms fit to­gether. You un­der­stand the flow of the house. It hon­estly felt like we were stand­ing in our own home.”

Mr Cle­ments be­lieves that the use of vir­tual re­al­ity in the con­struc­tion in­dus­try re­mains in its in­fancy, but ex­pects the tech­nol­ogy to evolve into a com­bi­na­tion of vir­tual and aug­mented re­al­ity.

“Imag­ine ar­riv­ing at your block of land, putting some dig­i­tal glasses on and be­ing able to see your build­ing, walk­ing around and through the site,” he said.

“You could open doors, look through win­dows, sit down at the kitchen ta­ble, even run around in the back­yard.”

Tak­ing a vir­tual tour of her dream home is Emi Cheng with the as­sis­tance of Matthew Cle­ments of Cle­ments Clarke Architects.

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