France’s Villa Savoye Recreated in Virtual Reality
Virtual reality has proven its worth over and over again. Be it a gaming world, movie industry, medical field or any other business, there is no doubt that virtual reality has a potential to do wonders. As of late, it can be applied in the world of architecture.
Indie developer Vantage Interactive recreated the renowned modernist villa, Villa Savoye, in high end VR technology. The software can be integrated with the Oculus Rift VR head mounted display (HMD) and is currently available for free download. In near future, the latest software can provide people a chance to check out their houses virtually before they are built in real time. Visit the home in an immerse environment, approve what you like, make as many changes as you want and improve your new home until you are completely satisfied. VR will allow you to build your exact dream house.
Villa Savoye is a famous villa located in Poissy, in the outer district of Paris, France. It was constructed between 1928 and 1931 by Swiss architects Le Corbusier and his cousin, Pierre Jeanneret. The villa has a modern architecture built with reinforced concrete. It is known for its modernistic design and is regarded one of the most famous examples of the international styles. Labeled as an official French historical monument in 1965, the villa comes under the property of the French state and is open all year round to visitors. Regarded as Corbusier’s best work, the building has inspired numerous other designs internationally. Corbusier created the villa by using his symbolic five points. He was particularly careful about the sun’s orientation and views seen from the villa. Coming to its internal features, he placed a main entrance hall, ramp and stairs, garage, chauffeur and maid’s rooms on the ground level. On the first floor, there were 3 bedrooms, kitchen, salon and balconies. The second floor featured a solarium.
The VR Villa Savoye was actually a platform for experimentation for the Oculus Rift and it turned out to be quite precise allowing users to tour several rooms in the villa. The software is still in the beta state and is currently under development. You can download Villa Savoye VR on your PC from the official Oculus Rift share beta.