Toronto – Diamond Schmitt Architects is designing a significant addition to Ingenium, Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation, in Ottawa. The scale of the new Collection and Conservation Centre is such that is has to accommodate a vast array of objects from the museum’s archives, ranging in size from historic hand tools to a full-size steam locomotive.
Virtual Reality (VR) is playing a crucial role in the design process where architects and the client can readily view and experience the spaces as they take shape using powerful BIM, or Building Information Modelling, software.
Diamond Schmitt’s Andrew Chung is interviewed about the process and the museum project is featured in a blog by VR firm Yulio at the CanBIM conference in Toronto today.
Yulio: So, what role did VR play in this project?
Andrew Chung: The use of VR fit very much into the architectural problem we were solving because we found out very quickly that the task of consolidating the museum collection from three scattered, separate spaces into one building created a unique architectural problem: the scale was hard to conceive… we introduced VR to the project. We needed to see how big these items were for our own understanding. And then when we saw that we could get really detailed images from Yulio, it helped us propose design solutions to the client. It allowed us to talk about things in a perspectival manner that captures scale in a much better way than solely using a 2D drawing.
To read the complete blog and view VR images of the process, please click here.