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Proceedings of Building Simulation 2017: 15th Conference of IBPSA


An Experiment in Virtual Reality to Measure Daylight-Driven Interest in Rendered Architectural Scenes

Siobhan Rockcastle1, Kynthia Chamilothori1, Marilyne Andersen1
1Laboratory of Integrated Performance in Design (LIPID), École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland

Abstract: This paper introduces an experiment using a virtual reality headset to collect subjective evaluations of rendered daylit architectural scenes. By varying sky conditions and view directions from a fixed view position, the authors collected subjective perceptual ratings from architectural renderings and compared them to image-based measures related to impressions of visual interest. The use of virtual reality allowed for the extraction of headtracking data, providing additional insight on how people perceived the immersive scenes. Findings reveal a dependency between visual interest impressions and quantitative predictors, both of which vary with sky conditions and view directions within the scene.
Pages: 2797 - 2806