Mechanicsville Lofts_Exterior1 As visualization software and real-time graphics continue to evolve, more companies are adopting virtual reality (VR) technologies. VR headsets that were originally designed for gaming applications have attracted the attention of software developers in industries like healthcare, tourism and real estate.

A prime example is Ottawa-based developer ModBox, which is using the technology to both design and market its upcoming Mechanicsville Lofts project in Ottawa. Using advanced software called the Unreal Engine, project architect Linebox Studio used VR to design the building which enabled them to test different ideas, visualize designs, and see what worked best. Gaming engines, unlike 3D modelling and rendering software like 3DSMAX and V-Ray, deliver smoother, real-time graphics at 90 frames per second, allowing for a more intuitive experience for architects.

Mechanicsville Lofts_Kitchen2 However, it’s not just the architects that benefit from VR technology. Prospective homebuyers will be able to see the development in a completely new way by using an HTC Vive. The state-of-the-art headset allows visitors to tour one of the floorplans in an immersive 3D environment. They can walk around the suite, look up, down and around corners.

“We have modelled a portion of the penthouse unit in VR,” said Melissa Reeves, Director of Sales and Marketing at ModBox Developments. “Because so much of our design is volume, height and scale, VR really helps to show these effects. It’s really hard to see volume on 2D or even in good 3D renderings.”

Mechanicsville Lofts_Kitchen3 In addition, the developer is currently working on a new version of the VR model tour that will be supported on mobile and Facebook. This will allow people to walk through the unit in VR without goggles and navigate their way around the suite using the arrow keys on their keyboard.

Mechanicsville Lofts_Exterior2 Priced from $500,000 Mechanicsville Lofts will consist of six loft-style units inspired by the true hard lofts of New York City and the contemporary soft lofts of Toronto and Montreal. Offering the best of both worlds, the new development features soaring 10’ 6” ceilings, radiant-heated polished concrete floors, exposed ducts, concrete columns, and spacious open floor plans with expansive windows. Standard features and finishes include rainshower heads and skirted tubs in bathrooms, and professional grade appliances in kitchens including a Wolf all-gas range, 30 inch Liebherr refrigerator and freezer and a double drawer Fisher & Paykel dishwasher.

Mechanicsville Lofts_Terrace The residence also boasts secure private elevators for each unit, covered, on-site parking, and a large rooftop terrace ideal for entertaining, relaxing, or just enjoying the panoramic views of the city.

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