How Virtual Reality is transforming architectural practice – short feature


We wrote a small piece for Business Edge on how virtual reality is making its way into our work and how we use it. There’s a lot more we have to say on this subject so stay tuned for a more in depth look about how we use virtual reality – in the mean time here’s the feature.

Yelo are a creative & innovative architectural practice working with developers, housing associations, councils & private clients to create high quality contemporary architecture.
Following a year of research & development, Yelo are embracing technology & introducing a new way of looking at architecture to their clients through virtual reality.

Virtual Reality has been all over popular media with the final consumer versions of the Oculus Rift & HTC Vive recently being released into the market, heralding the start of accessible virtual reality to the masses. Once initially targeted at the entertainment audience virtual reality has been recognised as having applications in many other industries; healthcare, military, historical conservation – & architecture.

Architectural visualisations are indispensable in communicating designs, which can be crucial in planning stages & in engaging with clients. However, even with photo-realistic renders, people can struggle to envision the final result. Enter virtual reality.

Using virtual reality, we are now able to place a client directly inside our scheme, & offer them total freedom to explore the insides of the design ahead of construction work beginning. This not only gives them a realistic sense of space & scale, but also allows them to provide feedback that could eliminate costly revisions on site.