HoloLens and the Future of Architecture

HoloLens and the Future of Architecture

By: Janet Thomas, RID

On March 30, 2016 Microsoft launched HoloLens, a wearable computer that mixes virtual reality with augmented reality to create a Mixed reality, one in which holograms are overlayed with the real world. Microsift issued an invitation to developers globally to take the tool and develop apps that build on the HoloLens platform.

For the world of architecture, engineering and design this product launch changes the way 3 dimensional spaces can be explored and designed. Freed from paper, the hologram may be created and tethered to a real world environment that sees space, allows for adjustments in scale and proportion and a vision of volume far beyond the two dimensional or even 3D graphic rendered models.

AECOM has partnered with Trimble  to pilot real world projects including the Serpentine Gallery’s Pavillion and Summer Houses. Four designers were commissioned to create a 25M square pavilion inspired by the 1734 Queen Caroline’s Temple. Kunle’ Adeyemi, Barkow LeibingerYona Friedman, and Asif Khan all brought visionary structures to the site through the use of HoloLens.

Trimble also partnered with Greg Lynn to develop a concept for the 2016 Venice Biennale exhibit ‘The Architectural Imagination’. One of four sites chosen from Detroit to showcase American architectural thinking, Lynn’s HoloLens concept for the Packard Plant will hopefully spark new thinking around the capability of an urban community to re-create itself. In this way architecture becomes a catalyst for change.

Photo by George Rex https://www.flickr.com/photos/rogersg/27776972542/in/pool-serpentinepavilion/

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