Design Tech: A look at 3D Architectural Rendering

Have you noticed how quickly new buildings are being built,rented out, and at full capacity these days? Big bold shapes covered in glass: within a couple of months they’ve changed the urban landscape completely. Generally, they’re also buildings which probably wouldn’t have been possible five or 10 years ago. It’s the internet generation of architecture, which not only makes whatever you can dream of, doable rather quickly, but it fits into the spirit of the time. People are moving to places which are closer to work, so that they don’t need to spent lots of money on transport and fuel. And architects are certainly being put under a lot of pressure to rethink traditional approaches to building design.

In the past, architects were taught a skill called architectural rendering, as a part of their studies. This meant they learned how to draw what they were designing. The drawings with special thin ink pens on paper were made very carefully and in enormous detail. This is an exercise performed not only in the process of designing the building, but for the client too. And it was not just a pretty picture. It had to be accurate and everything had to be thought about and planned with great care and hundreds of calculations: from the interior spaces to the height of the windows, the plugs in the wall to the overhang of the balcony.

Now, 3-d architectural rendering services ramp up the idea of making a building, completely. And if you’re the client of an architect, it’s all in your favor. Three-dimensional rendering is all done on computer, and it enables the architect to create every little nook and cranny and pay perfect attention to detail, and what’s more, it has nothing to do with how well the architect can draw. But there’s more. To make sure he’s done what you have in mind, he can take his original drawing of a building and turn it inside out: he can present you with a bird’s eye view, an interior: he can move things around in the software, so that you can understand exactly what you’re getting.

Do you live in an earthquake-prone area? Do you need a hall which can fit 3000 people sitting on chairs? None of this is a challenge for an architect working with 3d rendering, where there is a facility to simulate weather or acts of nature and to fill space to ensure that it is the right size. So, while you’re at planning stages, you can make sure that your new house will be able to move and sway when an earthquake hits, and that nothing will break. You can trust the design for your building in which 3000 people must sit comfortably and rendering software will make sure that they all fit.

When you think of 3-d architectural rendering, you should think of photorealistic drawings of buildings which are so close to the final product that if you close your eyes and sniff, you can probably smell the new paint or the leather on the furniture. But you should also think of no nasty surprises where the human error of the architect has made something that you’d requested to be built one way, appear completely different. In a nutshell, 3-d architectural rendering is the no-tears response to new building design.