Crowne Plaza

Virtual Reality Engagement & Marketing Media

BRIEF

IHG have been undergoing a detailed design process with Conran & Partners as the lead designers to revamp their Crowne Plaza hotels.

This process has involved several design iterations to reach the final solution that is now being unveiled at a series of events and to be rolled out initially in a small number of pilot hotels. Soluis were engaged initially to produce high quality fly-through animations of the design for the lobby and public spaces at ground level. IHG were keen from the outset to utilise immersive technology to showcase these designs and use it to road-test them with stakeholders and operators.

Approach

Using Unreal Engine we created an immersive realtime environment for all the ground floor public areas and two variants of the standard hotel guest rooms.

The model can be viewed in desktop mode for a standard screen display and with the use of a VR head-set and navigated intuitively with the hand-held controllers.

OUTCOME

The use of Unreal Engine in this process allows for high quality images, 4K video and 360 panoramas to be generated directly from the real-time model fast and efficiently.

This digital media can be delivered at a comparable level of visual quality to the original CG animation, but in a fraction of the time as the costly and time consuming rendering process for these media outputs is removed completely.

 The real-time model of the proposed designs generated a resoundingly positive response from IHG, Conran & Partners and all stakeholders who experienced this approach.

Going forward IHG plan to use this technique in visualising proposed hotel designs in the future.

‘Just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support, diligence and professionalism in delivering this work.  We are truly proud of what we have managed to achieve and look forward to sharing this with our colleagues next week in Berlin’