AR for Architectural Design
Augmented Reality, Unity
Content Creator/ Renderer
ARAD is an exploration of visualizing architectural design projects in Augmented space. It is a tool to help present architectural design project deliverables in a more effective and efficient way.
Just a quick scan of a floor plan on paper, you will be given a menu bar to select all augmented features.
An exploded 3D model with materials attached will appear for users to understand the design language better.
A series of interior renderings of the space can be viewed to better visualize the space.
Select the different location on the augmented map, you will enter a mobile phone VR scene of the space.
Students in architectural design schools all share the same problem when it comes to a project review.
The survey was conducted among 15 interior design and architectural design professionals about the comments and feedback on how AR could affect architectural design projects for education.
Define & Ideation
The goal is to use AR as a medium/tool to explore a method of delivering and presenting an architectural design project with a focus on: Effective information convey and Efficient time/cost management
Sketching out ideas
Prototype & Playtest
The 3D model was created in 2018 for one of my early interior design projects “Revealing Connections”. The model was brought into Unity for high-fidelity prototyping.
AR development in Unity
Understanding of basic pipeline of using vuforia Engine. The initial idea was using one of my physical paper models as the target, which I have tried with object target and model target. Neither of them was stable enough for the final performance I needed. From there, Image target was selected as the target detection method.
Animation sequence was created for the interaction portion of the app.
Unity UI/ Level Design:
Following the IA and the wireframe, all UI, scenes, and levels are connected and animated for the final performance.
After playtesting, users shared common feedback of the possibility of adding a VR feature into the experience for them to visualize and see the actual model space. The VR feature was added where users can select anchors on the floorplan that leads them to the VR space of the model.