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VRCollab lets architects 'walk' in their buildings before they are even built

Sharanya Pillai
Sharanya Pillai11/15/2017 8:43 AM GMT+08  • 8 min read
VRCollab lets architects 'walk' in their buildings before they are even built
SINGAPORE (Nov 13): At the Harbourfront office of ID Architects, virtual reality head Gerard Teo is showing off the company’s “VR cave”: two huge screens and a 25 sq m space surrounded by warm orange spotlights. Slipping on a HTC Vive headset, Teo i
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SINGAPORE (Nov 13): At the Harbourfront office of ID Architects, virtual reality head Gerard Teo is showing off the company’s “VR cave”: two huge screens and a 25 sq m space surrounded by warm orange spotlights. Slipping on a HTC Vive headset, Teo is transported to a virtual mock-up of Kallang Riverside — a 30-storey mixed-use condominium development designed by his company.

Within this environment, he can perform a range of tasks: measure the height of a wall, determine which angle a door should swing at and leave annotations for his colleagues. The system also allows multiple users to inspect the VR building simultaneously, similar to a multi-player computer game.

The key benefit for architects, Teo says, is getting a realistic sense of the building’s proportions and pre-empting design flaws before on-site construction. “It’s almost like you are in the building before it’s built. If you look down from one of the high floors, you can even feel a sense of vertigo.”

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