• Kiran Nair

How to create architectural VR walkthroughs with online tools, Pt. 2: Mozilla Hubs

Updated: Nov 16

Looking to create a VR walkthrough of your design? In this video tutorial, we show a free and easy solution that lets you add collaborative VR walkthroughs to your design presentations using Mozilla Hubs.


The previous VR tutorial demonstrated how a combination of SketchUp and Sketchfab, a 3D model sharing website, can make the process fairly simple, allowing architects to use wireless VR headsets such as the Oculus Go or Oculus Quest to step through the front door of their CAD models and experience dimension and space in an accurate, jaw-dropping format.


This second tutorial focuses on Mozilla Hubs, a free web-based platform for collaborative, immersive 3D content, including wireless VR.


Virtual reality (VR) carries a ton of potential when it comes to communicating architecture and conveying the beauty of design; however, this area is rapidly changing and it can be quite a task to identify the best ways to incorporate VR and ensure that you and your clients have an enjoyable experience. Luckily, there are some free tools available that you can start using today.


In the video above, we demonstrate a step-by-step approach to create a VR walkthrough of larger CAD designs. Once you have your model output from your CAD software, such as SketchUp, you can use Lumion to show your design in its real-life or conceptual environment. Then, with a tool such as Mozilla Hubs, you can create a VR walkthrough to complement your client presentations, internal design reviews, and more.


Check out the video tutorial to learn how to apply these VR techniques to your own projects, and make sure to save this video for future reference, as it breaks down the steps into an easy-to-follow, instructional manner. You can also find links in the video description so that you easily apply these VR techniques to different designs.


If you would like, you can access the 3D model used in the tutorial here.


Special thanks to Paul Spaltman for sharing his design with us.


But first…a little background about the tutorial.


Lumion has no commercial or business relationship with any of the tools or companies covered in this tutorial and the previous one. We simply spotted them on the market and felt that they were useful solutions that some of our customers would really appreciate.


We felt it would be valuable to explain how Lumion users can easily add these free tools to their workflows, tools that can be especially useful when physically getting to clients is difficult or not possible.



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