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Using Augmented Reality for Interior Design and Architecture

Augmented Reality for Interior Design

New technologies are quickly becoming the norm in the property industry as Interior Design and Architecture companies are beginning to adopt software such as augmented reality (AR) in their work.

Thanks to game apps such as Pokémon GO, augmented reality has taken off. In short, augmented reality allows you to digitally overlay images onto the physical word using a phone or tablet. Put simply – you can put a lamp in the corner of the room to see how it looks. On a larger scale you can put features on a building or put an entire structure in situ.

Who uses Augmented Reality?

On a consumer level, retailers such as IKEA and Lowes in the US have already rolled out apps for consumers to place products in their homes before buying.

According to Iflexion: “The property sector isn’t too far behind, as augmented reality developers are exercising their skills to create a diverse range of real estate apps” (1)

Frearson said: “For architects, this means they can experience the interior of a building when it is still at the earliest stages of design. It also allows them to project digital information onto architectural models.” (2)

American architect and designer Greg Lynn, who has used AR in his own commercial building designs said: “Fabricators and builders with HoloLens technology could replace rolls of drawings, lasers and measuring tapes with digital facsimiles of physical components located in physical space.”

“It will certainly revolutionise construction, as it is much more intuitive and easy to adopt than digital versions of drawings that many trades have difficulty integrating into their workflow.”

Lynn used Microsoft HoloLens to design his contribution to the US Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (+ movie).

How can Augmented Reality be used?

We’ve listed some of the ways Augmented reality can be used in Interior Design and Architecture.

  • Colour Configurator – whether it’s the walls, furniture, or even cushions, all colours can be edited in order to choose the right scheme for the interior
  • Placement – place products anywhere in a room to see how it best fits. Easily move objects around, add, delete or alter them to suit
  • Multiple proposals – due to the visual nature of the software coupled with the speed of use it is possible to present a number of options for clients to utilise
  • Share Designs – the software is usually on a devise with internet access. This means design/concepts etc can easily be shared with colleagues and clients at the click of a button
  • Project speed – AR can really help speed up projects by creating a very “real” picture of a design. This not only means it is quicker to build but also approvals and sign offs are increased and quicker.

We are in no way seeing AR as a replacement to the traditional, more formal methods of design and build but it certainly is gaining its place in the industry.

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1. Blum, A., “The Rise of Augmented Reality in Real Estate and Interior Design” https://www.iflexion.com/blog/rise-augmented-reality-real-estate-interior-design, 5 April 2018

2. Frearson, A.,””Augmented reality “will change the way architects work” says Greg Lynn”, Dezeen, https://www.dezeen.com/2016/08/03/microsoft-hololens-greg-lynn-augmented-realityarchitecture-us-pavilion-venice-architecture-biennale-2016/ 3 August 2016

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