VirApS – Virtual Apartment Selling

During 1998 I was a UX student/researcher at the University of the Industrial Arts Helsinki on the VirApS project. My role was to develop ways for people to plan the location and layout of their future apartment. The challenge was that there are many building regulations that the user probably was not aware of but that needed to be communicated. An example would be that a toilet could not be next to a stairwell, or, due to i.e. needed efficiency all spaces that need water should be clustered as much as possible.

The result can be puzzled together from this archive: and especially from


  • City of Helsinki
  • Asuntosäätiö
  • VTT Rakennusteknikka
  • UIAH
  • YIT
  • NCC
  • many others