Exploring the future building: representational effect on projecting oneself into the future office space

Anuradhi Maheshya Weerasinghe*, Klen Copic Pucihar, Julie Ducasse, Aaron John Quigley, Alice Toniolo, Angela Miguel, Nicko Caluya, Matjaz Kljun

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Abstract

While virtual reality (VR) has been explored in the field of architecture, its implications on people who experience their future office space in such a way has not been extensively studied. In this explorative study, we are interested in how VR and other representation methods support users in projecting themselves into their future office space and how this might influence their willingness to relocate. In order to compare VR with other representations, we used (i) standard paper based floor plans and renders of the future building (as used by architects to present their creations to stakeholders), (ii) a highly-detailed virtual environment of the same building experienced on a computer monitor (desktop condition), and (iii) the same environment experienced on a head mounted display (VR condition). Participants were randomly assigned to conditions and were instructed to freely explore their representation method for up to 15 min without any restrictions or tasks given. The results show, that compared to other representation methods, VR significantly differed for the sense of presence, user experience and engagement, and that these measures are correlated for this condition only. In virtual environments, users were observed looking at the views through the windows, spent time on terraces between trees, explored the surroundings, and even “took a walk” to work. Nevertheless, the results show that representation method influences the exploration of the future building as users in VR spent significantly more time exploring the environment, and provided more positive comments about the building compared to users in either desktop or paper conditions. We show that VR representation used in our explorative study increased users’ capability to imagine future scenarios involving their future office spaces, better supported them in projecting themselves into these spaces, and positively affected their attitude towards relocating.
Original languageEnglish
JournalVirtual Reality
VolumeFirst Online
Early online date21 Jul 2022
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 21 Jul 2022

Keywords

  • Immersive VR environments
  • User engagement
  • Sense of presence
  • User experience
  • Job relocation

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