Improving Visual Design Perception by an Integrated Mixed Reality Environment for Performative Architecture

Akın, Şahin
Ergün, Oğuzcan
Gürsel Dino, Ipek
Sürer, Elif
Expressive design visualization is critical for the architectural designers`designers`visual perception of 3D architectural models. Virtual environments, especially mixed reality (MR), have the potential to enhance designers' design perception and spatial understanding. In performance-based design, building simulations and quantitative analysis of performance predictions are integral to the design process. Specifically, daylighting simulation is considered as a crucial operation through the design development and remains a complex topic to be understood. However, daylighting simulations can be understood more effectively visually rather than numerically. The gap between quantitative analysis and design can be bridged by 3D geometry visualization through immersive technologies. The focus of this study is to present an MR visualization tool integrated with daylighting simulations that aims to improve performance-based architectural design processes. The tool intends to overcome the current problems in the existing architectural visualization methods by facilitating the visualization of the building geometry, the information on building components (building information model data) by simulation results. The tool was evaluated through its use by architecture students during a 2,5-day design workshop. In this paper, an MR based architectural tool is presented and its performance on architects`architects`design perception and model interaction is examined. The results indicate that the tool can support effective visualizations that can enhance designers' understanding of complex daylighting simulations with improved visual perception. The user evaluation of the tool regarding usability and presence was presented in our previous studies (Akin et al., 2018; Ergün et al., 2019).


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Ş. Akın, O. Ergün, I. Gürsel Dino, and E. Sürer, “Improving Visual Design Perception by an Integrated Mixed Reality Environment for Performative Architecture,” presented at the Virtually Real. Immersing into the Unbuilt: Proceedings of the 7th Regional International Symposium on Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe, Aalborg, Danimarka, 2019, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: