Users' evaluation of a virtual reality architectural model compared with the experience of the completed building

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It is important that the properties of a Virtual Reality (VR) model support its purpose in the specific context in which it is used. This study investigated how employees of a company experienced a VR model of their yet-to-be-built office building. We also compared the VR experience with the employees' experience of the completed building. The results showed that the employees felt that the VR model was a useful aid in the decision-making process concerning their future workplace. In addition, The Semantic Environment Description Scale was used to compare the experience of the VR model with the experience of the real building. The results suggest that the VR model gave a fairly accurate representation of the real building.


  • Björn Westerdahl
  • Kaj Suneson
  • Claes Wernemyr
  • Mattias Roupé
  • Mikael Johansson
  • Carl Martin Allwood
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Psychology


  • Virtual Reality (VR), Realism, Experience, Architectural model, Usability
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)150-165
JournalAutomation in Construction
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Publication categoryResearch