What is an Architectural Render?
An architectural render is a computer generated visualisation of a space.
These spaces can be based on existing spaces, or can help in the visualisation of spaces yet to be made.
Why do people use Architectural Renders?
Architectural Renders are often used to help clients and businesses visualise end products, they can also be used to visualise what modifications to existing spaces would look like, e.g an extension to a house.
Visualisations can also help spot problems and highlight issues with designs, layouts before they are produced in reality.
A well built render can visualise sight-lines between spaces, and project how a new space might feel.
Architectural Renders, can also be used to simplify spaces - for instance, when a house is for sale, often photos of the spaces include the current owners/tenants, belongings, Architectural Renders can simplify the look so that potential buyers can see the properties as a clean slate.
What uses are there?
Galleries also use Architectural Renders to give online audiences an experience of the exhibition space if access is difficult.
Galleries are also using 3D renders to capture how an exhibition looked for future audiences, and help global audiences and researchers access sites.
How to commission an architectural render.
Firstly, it needs to be decided what level is appropriate for the job. We define three different types of render as follows:
High level 'hyper-real' renders are useful for prototypes and pre-sales of property in construction. This type of render is the most time consuming and resource intensive, it also requires more specific measurements.
3D Floor plan
This type takes information from floor plans and builds it into a 3D environment - it is possible to create 'fly-through' from this, or simply create a 3D version, viewed from above. This is usually made with a reduced pallet of whites, so that you can focus on how the different spaces in house or flat feel.
The hybrid is useful, in that it takes the simplicity from the 3D floor plan and adds in some of the magic from the Hyper-Real style.
It is possible to add a few objects to each room to add a little more realism, whilst keeping the render times lower than a hyperreal version.
(See the video for a hybrid example)
What we Need to Make an Architectural Render
In any situation a floor plan, photos and video are useful to construct 3d environments. It would be possible to create a 3d environment from a few dimensions usually found on basic floor plans, the more measurements, the better the final outcome.
What Architectural Renders are Not For
Architectural Renders are intended for visualisation only, to guide, suggest and to snag problems that would not be apparent in more formal plans. The are not to be built from and do not replace plans made by architects.
How Long Does A Realistic Render Take to Make?
A realistic Render can take anything from a few hours to a few days, it depends on the level of realism, the detail and wether it is a few still images or a full 'fly-through'.
Interior Visualisation, perfect for estate agents, construction firms and for
buildings where site access is limited.
Render of a gallery