For architects, Microsoft HoloLens brings design to a new level

Dave W. Shanahan

Microsoft, HoloLens, Design

In a new partnership with Trimble, Microsoft utilized the HoloLens to make designing physical spaces much easier and more efficient for architects around the globe. HoloLens bridges the gap between 2D images on a computer screen and 3D models in the physical space to create a new way to look at architecture and design.

Microsoft, HoloLens, Design

Using HoloLens, architect Greg Lynn is able to use mixed reality to get a better idea of scale, form, and space to visualize how his projects will look like and make important building project decisions more confidently without wasting valuable time, money, and project resources. Here, Lynn describes how using the HoloLens can create exciting opportunities to revitalize how architects can design and create.

A UCLA professor and prominent leader in innovative design, Lynn, believes that SketchUp Viewer on HoloLens has presented a new and better way to work in architecture and design. Lynn used the HoloLens for a special project; redesigning an abandoned Packard Plant, an old auto factory in Detroit, Michigan for the 2016 Venice Biennale architecture exhibition.

Without leaving his studio in Los Angeles, Calfornia, Lynn was able to use the HoloLens to stand inside a hologram of the old factory. Lynn was able to visualize if any of his calculations were correct and true to scale without building anything. Lynn could figure out many different use configurations of the Packard Plant without physically creating anything. Lynn believes that the HoloLens has important place in architecture and design.

“I’ve spent my whole life trying to get things from geometry into the physical world. HoloLens bridges that gap between two-dimensional and three-dimensional and physical space. And that’s architecture. It’s a revolution.”

Whether or not Microsoft can build and expand upon the great things that HoloLens can already do, remains to be seen.