Seeing is Believing: A New Kind of Reality for Architecture

THESE WALLS CAN TALK

What are two things chronically busy and square-foot-challenged New Yorkers value over most aspects of daily life?

Time and space. 

Now, two Harlem-based architects are working with new technology to give back a bit of both.

Simon McGown and David Zhai, partners of CO-Office, a UX design firm specializing in hybrid-use spaces, are foregoing traditional design tools in favor of virtual reality (VR) to create virtual spaces.

With VR, architects are able to translate a design into a cognitive experience, placing brokers, contractors and clients at the center of a space before it’s created. Users are able to look around and linger, test out lighting and even compare interior designs.

According to McGown and Zhai, it’s so accurate that the initial design is essentially identical to its virtual counterpart, enabling a more sustainable, collaborative and time-efficient design process.

Blueprint, presented by CBRE, recently sat down with McGown at Harlem Properties, a newly renovated (with VR!) brokerage office and co-working space to talk about this new normal.

 
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