3D Tour uses Matterport digital twins to capture some of the most incredible and inspiring spaces across the Middle East. When the opportunity arose to create a 3D virtual tour of the luxurious Contemporary Mansions in Dubai’s District 1, 3D Tour CEO Gleb Osipov couldn’t resist adding this project to an already impressive portfolio of luxury property digital twins.
We spoke to Gleb about the experience of creating this expansive virtual tour and how Matterport technology helps bring spaces to life through digital twins.
What inspired the 3D capture of this space?
In modern realty, every company needs to have several iconic projects in their portfolio. We have done virtual tours for many projects around District 1. This exquisitely crafted mansion is one of the largest in Dubai and is situated in the very heart of the city at District 1. District 1, also known as Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum City, spreads across 1,100 acres of lush greenery and is centered on the magnificent world’s largest Crystal Lagoon with 100-acres of pure turquoise water in the middle of the desert. All of this is so inspiring, so we were delighted to capture this space from all points to provide the best impression to viewers from all over the world!
What are the “must-sees” you want visitors to explore and why?
This exquisite mansion has everything you can imagine and may want in life. Its facilities range from private basement parking to a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, and even a fountain! Add to that the sauna, gym, eight bedrooms — each with private spacious bathrooms — as well as your own cinema, private elevator, lush landscaped garden, private BBQ area, and so much more. It’s like your perfect castle with amazing design and attention to every detail. You feel it while exploring this space and all the artful elements in it.
What’s the one thing you want visitors to take away after exploring your 3D tour?
I want visitors to realize that they have an unprecedented opportunity to explore the best object they have ever seen during a private 3D tour and to take away many positive emotions. It’s not often that you have a chance to visit all the places of interest you want to see in such a megapolis as Dubai. That is why 3D virtual tours are a brilliant option for those travelers who want to be everywhere and to see everything in one week and then talk about their unique experiences on social media and on meetups with friends. The most valuable things in our lives are our time and our positive emotions now.
What are the benefits of Matterport digital twins?
We quite often cooperate with the architecture and interior agencies. For them it is not just a virtual tour for pleasure, it‘s a useful tool which helps them get every angle of the space with accurate measurements for their work.
A few years ago, we did a digital twin for the LinkedIn office in the Middle East, located across two floors of a skyscraper. The client was very happy, because it made his work with the agency easier and he could explain what the company wanted to change in the office space. At the same time, the interior agency got all the measurements they needed to provide an accurate new design to the client. It was a win-win situation for everyone. The 3D tours are also very useful for any future client who might buy the same office, because we can deliver a digital twin with all the measurements in one click and they can start work easily.
Do you have any plans to capture more 3D experiences?
We plan to capture the highest penthouse in the world: Crown of the Middle East. It is located on the 107th and 108th floors of Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world (829 meters). As far as we know, the penthouse is currently in a shell and core status, with 20,000 square feet of space and 360 panoramic windows. Therefore, it will be a very nice collaboration with the interior agency for us to create something from scratch. The client who pays US$28 million for the space can expect something extraordinary in terms of interior design. Thus, at the end we can get something before and after, which will be absolutely amazing.
Anything else you would like to add?
I would love to say that Matterport’s state-of-the-art 3D technology gives us so many different opportunities and tools to observe our world, its countries and cities, and all the beautiful creations of human beings and nature from every angle. I hope we can use such technologies to enhance our lives and make our daily work easier, to enjoy our lives to the fullest and to experience as many positive and artful emotions as possible. Let’s live with open eyes and hearts