Projection mapping used to be associated solely with shows, including concert backdrops, advertisements, and art shows, for example. Using projectors to map video onto different surfaces gave viewers a spectacular experience thanks to the optical illusion created on a grand projected scale.
Nowadays, the equipment behind projection mapping is becoming less expensive and the technology is becoming more accessible as a result. This is allowing for more applications and different uses, including within the field of architecture. More specifically, projection mapping is being used in the design phase of architecture and will no doubt be used in more architectural projects in the future.
The reason projection mapping is becoming more popular in architecture is because it is an inexpensive way to model design elements. It allows architects to project virtual information onto a physical model, enabling them to reproduce different lighting and different finishes on a building. It would also allow them to reproduce different times of day to provide clients with detailed information regarding every aspect of the building. Architects can include textures, windows, roof surfaces and more. Additionally, changes can be made easily through the click of a mouse and it is a very effective tool that will allow clients to envision design. It is also a more affordable option than physical mock-ups. These are just some of the ways that architects may consider using projection mapping in their projects and there are so many more because of its ability to turn a surface into anything they want.
Projection mapping can also turn the exterior of a building into a surface where detailed visuals can be presented in high-resolution. For example, a sphere section of a building can easily be turned into a model of the earth or a planet or anything else the client can imagine. This means projection mapping can be used as an element of the built environment of the finished project, creating more opportunities for architects to further display their work. It is for these reasons that many architects feel as though projection mapping is experiencing a renaissance as its applications have a lot more uses now than in the past. It is not a dying technology as some say and it can be argued that projectors are actually in their infancy phase. The reason behind the current renaissance is the emergence of easily accessible mapping tools, which is opening up a lot more possibilities.
Projection mapping allows architects to display their creativity and vision and clients will be able to better see what the finished project will look like. Above Mapping can help with all of your architectural projection needs, so give us a call today and we will gladly provide you with more details!