Picture this: You’re standing in the heart of a 4-bedroom unit perched on the 34th floor of a new luxury condo development.

Looking out of the living room window, you see that familiar, magnificent Singapore skyline. It’s night-time, and the lights in the faraway buildings shine like distant stars.

As you shift your gaze inwards, you see that the large 4-bedroom apartment is tastefully decorated with just a hint of casual indulgence.

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4-Bedroom virtual show suite

The living room sofa is upholstered in rich, plump leather. The wallpaper, a muted shade of bronze textured with fine, delicate ridges.

Except you’re not on the 34th floor of a new luxury condo but instead, sitting in a lounge at Highline Residences sales gallery in Tiong Bahru.

Although the development is two years from completion, you’re able to picture yourself in the centre of your dream apartment – right here, right now. All thanks to state-of-the-art Oculus Rift technology.

Keppel Land is the first developer in Singapore to create a 360-degree immersive virtual reality (VR) show suites.

“In line with our brand philosophy of ‘Thinking Unboxed’, Keppel Land is constantly exploring new ways to provide our customers with an enhanced experience,” said Albert Foo, General Manager of Marketing at Keppel Land.

He added: “Harnessing Oculus Rift VR technology, we are now able to showcase different configurations and apartment types without having to create the physical show suite.”

A virtual tour of Tiong Bahru

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A 360-degree virtual tour around Tiong Bahru neighbourhood

The new VR platform is the latest innovative experience for visitors to Keppel Land’s showroom for Highline Residences in Tiong Bahru.

Step into the lounge, sit on a cushy seat, and be transported to Tiong Bahru’s key landmarks as Oculus Rift technology paves the way for visitors go on a virtual tour around the neighbourhood without even taking a single step.

With sights and sounds amplified by the system’s high-quality, built-in headphones, 3D visualisation of this technology lets prospective buyers walk through Tiong Bahru hawker centre, shops, cafés and restaurants in a manner as real as it gets. You’ll almost feel like approaching the people you see to say “hello”! 

Attention to detail

The most realistic part of the experience is being transported to the 3-bedroom and 4-bedroom virtual show suites.

You’ll experience an incredible level of detail in the design of the interiors. Believing that you’re actually standing in an actual apartment is effortless, thanks to VMW Group, a leading visualisation firm, which Keppel Land partnered as a technology partner.

Where most companies convert videos or photographs into VR, the VMW team created everything from scratch. Working closely with Highline Residences’ interior designer, they spent countless of hours getting every single detail, dimension and colour precisely right.

Even from the way the afternoon light reflects off the coffee table – you can tell that it took remarkable skill and precision. ‘Moving’ from room to room takes no effort. Just click on the remote to bring up the floor plan, and stare at the particular room you want to visit. The room you’re standing in fades to black and one second later, you’re there.

Watch your head

The Oculus Rift is lightweight and comfortable to wear.

Here’s a tip for first-time users: Keep your head steady and turn it slowly when you’re looking around. This will help you avoid getting dizzy from any sharp head movement. That should help you have an amazing experience. 

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And here’s a sneak peek of what you can expect.

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To experience for yourself the incredible virtual reality of Tiong Bahru and Highline Residences’ 3- bedroom and 4-bedroom show suites, visit the sales gallery at 1 Kim Tian Road from 10am to 6pm

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