LIVING LIFE ON THE EDGE
WITH DIRECT FRONTAGE TO MORETON BAY, THESE 28 EXCLUSIVE TWO AND THREE BEDROOM APARTMENTS ARE TIPPED TO SET A NEW BENCHMARK IN LUXURY WATERFRONT LIVING IN THE REDLANDS.
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.