Working with urban regeneration developers Stow Projects and architects Doone Silver Kerr we’ve developed a VR simulation of a new sustainable and eco friendly apart-hotel made from re-purposed shipping containers. This particular simulation presents a unique opportunity for us to showcase room scale VR and our new untethered HTC Vive headset using TP Cast, freeing the viewer from the burden (and trip hazard) of the headset’s ‘umbilical cord’.
As a result of the compact size of the apart-hotel bedroom we were able to track the viewer’s location in the virtual simulation using just two lighthouse sensors and, in addition, were able to use an empty shipping container at The Artworks Elephant of exactly the same size in which to install it. Consequently, we’ve curated a VR experience which takes place in physical space with the same dimensions as the luxe apart-hotel room, greatly enhancing the ‘presence’ of the walk-through.
Through the combination of the wireless HMD and the one-to-one mapping to the physical space, one can grasp the full power of a VR simulation, walking unimpeded as if in the very hotel room itself. Reaching out to touch walls and ceilings in VR and feeling them in reality.
Next week we open the experience to the press and the VR community to try for themselves. If you are interested in coming along please book an appointment, details below.
About Stow Away Hotel
Located in the heart of Waterloo, within the vibrant cultural hub of Lower Marsh, Stow Projects, Ciel Capital and Bridge Street Global Hospitality are opening the affordable luxury Stow Away apart-hotel at the end of the year. Designed by Doone Silver Kerr Architects, it is a fully sustainable and eco-friendly project made from 26 re-purposed shipping containers for comfortable short- and long-stay living in central London.
About Stow Projects
Stow Projects are a creative property development and urban regeneration company. They form partnerships with landowners to fund, develop and operate workplaces, apart-hotels and residential accommodation. Regeneration and sustainability are the key drivers behind their projects, and they find ways to unlock difficult sites through innovation, for example with the use of flexible modular units. They aim for all their projects to mature into new places that will become socially and economically integrated into boroughs undergoing great social change.