VALO™ – For future construction
What happens in the Valo method?
In the user-driven VALO™ design method, the spaces in the design project are modelled in life size and future users of the premises are invited to evaluate the spaces guided by an architect. The model is examined in a cave space, where the virtual model is projected on the surfaces.
Different user groups explore the building in life size in the virtual model and they are guided to make the spaces functional and compatible with the requirements of their own future activities. All users can evaluate the pros and cons of the space solutions as well as modification and repair needs. When this information is acquired from users already in the design phase, considerable sums can be saved in the construction phase, and potential modification needs during the life cycle can be anticipated with construction engineering solutions.
Evaluating the virtual model also helps develop the users’ own activities and processes, because evaluating future premises also requires identifying future activities.
What do we achieve?
The Valo method helps create better and more valuable architecture. When the space is flexible and convertible according to a need discovered in the design phase, the result is harmony between man and space, from the beginning of the building life cycle till the end. Furthermore, the funds used in the design are retrieved manifold, when high-quality design ensures the optimisation of maintenance costs. This also increases the utility value and yield of the buildings.