To celebrate Microsoft’s sponsorship of the RIBA Awards, we have teamed up with Trimble to offer a Microsoft HoloLens commercial edition, with a SketchUp Viewer license, for £4,529 – a saving of £1,266.

Call the Microsoft Store on 020 3372 0671 and cite Stirling Prize Offer by 5th January 2018.*

See the RIBA Stirling shortlisted buildings come to life with Microsoft HoloLens

To celebrate the achievements of the RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist, Microsoft, as the Exclusive Technology Partner of the RIBA Awards, teamed up with Trimble SketchUp to bring each of the six shortlisted buildings to mixed reality. Microsoft will also provide RIBA members an exciting offer to help them get started with mixed reality.

Rather than place users in a fully computer-generated world, as virtual reality does, SketchUp Viewer for HoloLens allowed the shortlisted Stirling Prize shortlist to see their buildings come to life in the world’s first self-contained, holographic computer.  This enabled them to engage with their digital content and interact with holograms in the real world around them.  This experience enables tremendous opportunities within the AEC space to immediately get value from their existing 3D models by being able to see 1:1 scale models, collaborating with a “we-see” viewing session that enables viewers to experience, understand or resolve complex spatial dynamics, and coordinate by choosing from the list of scenes created in SketchUp, then focusing the toggling on-and-off model layers.

“This demonstrates the value of mixed reality for architects,” said Aviad Almagor, Director of the Mixed Reality Program at Trimble. “Microsoft HoloLens transforms the way architects interact, and communicate their designs. Using this technology to explore complex projects shortens design cycles and improves communication.”

John Ross, from 6a Architects said: “My impression of seeing Juergen’s building in HoloLens for the first time was quite an extraordinary experience. The ability to move around it and through it, and to see with a level of detail was very powerful. I can see how that can become part of a workflow.”

John McElgunn, from Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, agreed. “It’s very easy to show lines of perspective but it’s quite hard to get the sense of scale, and [HoloLens] was brilliant for that,” he said.

Talking at a RIBA event earlier this year, Dale Sinclair, Director of Technical Practice at architecture, engineering and construction company Aecom, emphasised the importance of technology in creating modern buildings that reflect the needs of a modern public.

“Good data will help with future designs. At the moment, plans are based on one person’s ideas in their head, which in turn is based on memory and experience. With robotics, AI and machine learning, we can use data from a much bigger pool of history and use better judgment. Architects don’t need 2D, they need 3D.”

*Offer valid from 9:00 GMT on 22 November 2017 to 18:00 GMT on 5th January 2018, while supplies last. Offer valid in the United Kingdom when offered through Microsoft Customer Support Services (CSS) only. Customers must call the Microsoft CSS at: 020 3372 0671 (Monday through Friday between 9:00 GMT to 18:00 GMT) and provide the code “Stirling Prize Offer” to be eligible for the offer. Not valid on prior orders or purchases; cannot be transferred or otherwise redeemed for cash or coupon code(s). May not be combinable with other offers. Refunds will take into account the discount. Price discount does not include taxes, shipping or other fees. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Microsoft reserves the right to modify or discontinue offers at any time. Other exclusions and limits may apply.