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6 March 2018

Introducing the HOK VR App

Available for Apple and Android devices, HOK VR will soon allow clients and design teams to view 360-degree renderings anywhere, anytime.

HOK? There’s an app for that.

Earlier this month HOK’s Design Technology Group released the firm’s first mobile app. HOK VR allows users to view project renderings in one of two 360-degree experiences—either in a panoramic view on their phones or by placing their phones in a headset such as Google Cardboard.

“We wanted to create a simple way to get our clients more engaged that didn’t require them to come into the office,” says James Vandezande, HOK’s director of design technology. “This brings VR to them and allows them to experience a design at their leisure.”

For now, HOK VR comes pre-loaded with two HOK projects that anyone who downloads the free app can experience. An updated version of the app currently in development will allow HOK designers to sync HOK VR to project-specific renderings and descriptions. Clients will then enter an access code within the app to view their private project renderings.

Vandezande imagines the app being of particular value for clients who want key user groups or occupants to experience a space while it’s still in the design phase. A healthcare client, for example, could allow their doctors to get a virtual feel of their new medical space. A research center could have its scientists experience how a new lab layout could improve their workflows.

“HOK VR will allow these user groups to get into a future space and see what it will be like,” he says. “This is another tool we can use to help clients fully understand a design.”

Related: Virtual Reality as a Design Tool: What We’ve Learned and Where We’re Going