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Mixed reality device recreates Mendes da Rocha designs


Buildings designed by Brazilian architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha have been recreated by Microsoft and Trimble some of his most well-known buildings using HoloLens, which enables structures to be visualised within an existing real-life environment.

HoloLens enables architects to visualise buildings, change the design and ensure the structure is safe through holograms.

Users can also expand the hologram to such a scale that the architect can walk inside to check internal parts of the structure.

“Bringing Mendes da Rocha projects to life demonstrates the value of mixed reality for architects,” said Aviad Almagor, director of the mixed reality programme at Trimble. “Microsoft HoloLens transforms the way architects interact, and communicate their designs. Using this technology to explore complex projects shortens design cycles and improve communication.”

Rather than place users in a fully computer-generated world, as virtual reality does, HoloLens allows them to place 3D digital models in the room alongside them.

As the product does not have wires or external cameras, or require a phone or PC connection, users can walk around the objects they create and interact with them using gestures, gaze and voice.