The value of specific feedback
UiB and Artec weren’t exactly sure how the staff would react to their unconventional approach. After five days of testing, however, not one staff member had objected to the process or the overall plan. Quite the opposite – everybody were enthusiastic, growing eager to move into the their new offices.
«Both with customers and colleagues, I think the discussion has changed, from being about the placement of things, to how we experience them. »
Martin Isak Jansen of Artec, on how VR is changing the design process
For Artec, the architect, the VR tour produced something truly valuable: specific feedback. The real-life experience enabled the staff to provide micro-level input, like the height of the handrails, how the desks and screens were placed and so forth.
Could the 2D-tours of the good old days have produced the same insights?
Not a chance.
«It’s a lot easier to grasp the end result when you can participate yourself, in VR.»
Martin Isak Jansen, Artec
A 2D plan – or even a 3D model on a conventional screen – lets you see, whereas VR allows you to experience. That makes all the difference. And anyone can do it.