With the boom in technological advancements, every industry experienced an increase in the quality of its products and services. However, the architectural industry is something that still required a lot of manual work to be done. From designing blueprints to 3D models to large drawings, the architecture segment couldn’t work without these. However, today the scenario is different. Architectural rendering has affected and improved the existing status of the whole construction industry and it is bringing advancement.
Unlike earlier times when everything used to be hectic and time-consuming, today we have plenty of technological innovations that have eased all the existing procedures. Though the advancement of technology has not happened in a day, the best part is that it is growing for good every day. Technological advancements have not only helped us make our work easier but also have improved the quality of work that was happening every day.
Talking about the effects of architectural rendering, today we will find that this fabulous technology has affected the way architects design buildings, the way it is constructed, and even the way the clients experience the design and building process. These smart technologies have improved the way of designing buildings as with architectural rendering technologies architects can make more durable, customer-oriented, and affordable buildings, and that too without investing more time.
What is Architectural Rendering?
Architecture is one such form of art that has attracted people from all around the world for ages. Right from the Great Wall of China to the Eiffel Tower to The Leaning Tower we have a tremendous number of architectural masterpieces around the world. We love to see them and click pictures and it’s quite often that we wonder about how they were designed and built so perfectly.
Well, the answer lies in skill, intelligence, and hard work. But one thing that was also a limiting factor of all times was time. Just by looking at the beautiful detailing of the masterpiece, we can say how much time it might have consumed.
Today, when everything is moving at a super-fast pace these time-consuming projects, would not be accepted by the clients. Looking at this scenario it was important to develop a technology that could shorten the time and increase efficiency. Architectural rendering is one such thing that promises to do so.
Architectural rendering is the process of designing three-dimensional or two-dimensional images of architectural buildings in order to use them as a reference or blueprint. This computerised technology is used to create photorealistic images t enhance the features and attributes of a building or property. Architectural rendering is no less than a boon for the construction industry as now the designers can create the model as per guest demands and give them virtual tours of the whole place even before the building’s first brick has been laid.
Architectural rendering today is widely used for all the big and small, residential and commercial projects, and all this because of the huge number of benefits it comes with. With the help of this improved technology today architects will not have to design the layouts and blueprints manually rather, they can create photorealistic images of them, add all the textures, colours, and features required and present them to the client. Moreover, the clients can also have a look at their dream project which they might have only imagined in their minds. Not only this, these 3D rendered images can be edited and reframed as and if the client demands something else.
What are the different types of architectural renderings?
Architectural renderings are used all around the world today. Be it for the construction of the building, renovation of the place, or interior designing, architectural renderings have their hands all over the construction industry today. As per the project demands and goals, there are different types of architectural renderings found today.
- Exterior Rendering
No matter what we do we create a small model or layout first to use it as a reference and when we deal in the architecture industry everything which is to be made is on a very large level and therefore a very accurate blueprint is required. In earlier times architects and designers used to design large layouts, aerial view models, blueprints, and drawings to keep as a reference. Moreover, these drawings and charts were presented to the clients as well. However, no matter how perfectly they were created they could not depict all attributes of the building.
Exterior rendering is one of the most popular artificial rendering types and this is widely used by architects and designers who are constructing the entire building. Exterior artificial renderings can be simple buildings or high detailed models as the project demands them to be. These images depict the texture, formation, structure, colour, and other features of the exterior of a building. Many creators also add gardens, trees, fencing, etc to make these images look more photorealistic.
- Interior Rendering
Interior decorations are highly in trend these days. Be it houses, offices, eateries, cafes, or commercial places interior decorations are slowly and steadily becoming an unavoidable part of the construction. However, interior designing is a very customer-centric type of project wherein every client has their own input and demands. Before the invention of these digital tools, it was quite a difficult task to design the perfect layout with all the desirable textures, colours, and patterns for the whole place.
Today architectural rendering and similar technologies have made all of these procedures easy and fun. Interior rendering designs showcase the interior details and attributes of a house. These 3D artificial rendering designs are made in a way that they display the accurate colour, design, pattern, lighting, shadows, and spacing inside every room.
These types of 3D rendered images are often used by interior decorators and real estate management so that their clients can have an immersive experience of the entire place.
- Aerial Rendering
It often happens that architects take pictures from an aerial view to look at the spatial arrangements in and around the building or plot. This step is considered very important to understand the orientation of buildings and other landscape features.
Thanks to the efficient artificial rendering technologies that design images that showcase the whole place from an aerial view or bird’s eye view. The main purpose here is to not focus on the exteriors of the building but to highlight the surrounding areas of the plot.
As the name suggests artificial renderings that are created in a video format are commonly termed animation. These videos can contain the whole tour of the site covering all areas for clear visualisation and an immersive experience for the client. These types of videos are specially designed for real estate agents and brokers so that they can attract potential buyers and show them the property without actually travelling to the place. Artificial rendering animation videos are a very powerful promotion tool as well as people get attracted to what they see much more easily than to what they hear or read about.
- Floor Plan
Just as we make manual layouts and designs before starting any project it is important to have a floor plan in the first place to start with the construction work. 2D floor plans are made to give the clients and designers an idea about the orientation and spacing of each room, flat and apartment. Whereas if these plans are designed in 3D then the layout becomes much more clear and more accurate.
How has technology influenced architecture rendering?
Technology has been influencing the lives of people for ages. However, in the past few decades, this has gone up to the next level. Today technology and its effects can be seen everywhere in and around us. It has changed the way we live and function. When everything all around was getting affected how could the architecture industry be untouched?
At present, there are a number of improved machines, newer technologies, design ideas, and better environments that we cannot even think of. These technologies have indeed made their work easy but at the same time even more challenging. We are living in a consumer market now and there is a lot of competition that is increasing every day. Knowing this the clients today have also become a lot more specific and demanding than ever and so to fulfil their requests it was important to take technology’s help.
Here are some fields where technology has mounted its foot and has grown for good:
- 3D printers:
3D printing is a technique where machines deposit, join and solidify building materials and create structures as per computer commands. This technology was first used to create small parts of machines but today this technology is even used for creating large structures. 3D printing machines are the best gift that technology has given to the construction industry.
Tall, asymmetrical buildings with abstract designs needed extra labour and especially skilled professionals who could mark the accuracy of the project.
However, with techniques like 3D printing, this work has become easier than it was ever expected. Talking about the cherry on the pie, this technology not only masters the art of accuracy but also gives speed to the project. Moreover, it is inexpensive and gives the best results.
- Photorealistic artificial renderings:
Every person who thinks of constructing his own house imagines it fully in his mind. What will it feel like if he could see the same image in real much before its actual existence? He would be full of emotions and whatnot! That is what photo-realistic images are meant for. Architects and designers can make ultra-realistic images of buildings and houses and include all the details they are planning to put into the actual building.
These images can be made for the exterior as well as interiors of the house. Photorealistic images are super helpful as it impresses the clients easily and finding and correcting errors here are easy.
- Virtual reality tours:
Although with the invention of two-dimensional and three-dimensional artificial renderings today clients can check all the details and attributes of a house still they might land in confusion thinking about the final product. Architects today with the help of virtual headsets can give their clients a virtual tour of the whole house.
One can roam around in the garden, open and close doors, walk the hallway, look around his bedroom, and much more. This amazing technology has helped companies bag bigger projects by promising their level of work, detailing, and gaining guest satisfaction and trust.
- Generative design:
With the lighting fast growth of artificial intelligence today everything is possible. Generative design tools are one which generate a handful of design options using a set of algorithms and artificial intelligence. The software takes into account several facts like the design requirements, materials that are to be used, budget, size, height, shape, and building techniques.
Once this information is fed the software predicts and puts out several design ideas. This fabulous technology is getting popularity lately and is widely used in starting a project to get innovative ideas.
- Augmented reality
While virtual reality is something that takes you completely to a different world augmented reality brings virtual things to your real world. In simple words augmented reality overlays 2D over 3D. For instance, if you want to purchase a sofa for your living room you can actually see if the model fits in your room and how it looks, all with the help of AR.
Architects and interior designers use AR very often to figure out which furniture or flooring would suit and what colour paint should be done on the walls.
Benefits of using technologically rich appliances and techniques in architecture:
The science of creating is a very vast and interesting subject and every day there are some or other inventions and discoveries that keep on hitting the shelves. With artificial intelligence and the greatest of technologies entering the field of architecture today we have some beautiful masterpieces standing proudly around the world. Apart from serving for general purposes technology influenced architecture has even played a part in dealing with emergencies. China’s emergency COVID medical wards were designed likewise in a few days’ time so that there were more rooms for the patients.
Now that we have known about the different types of artificial renderings and the influence of technology over the construction industry it is time, we see what are the benefits that we derive from the same.
- Saves a tremendous amount of time
- Gives good results
- Chances of errors reduce
- Gives value for money
- Reduces human labour
- 3D rendered images and virtual tours help impress clients easily
- These rendered images and videos also act as promotion tools
- Clients get a clear idea of the project and can identify the mistakes there and then that is to be rectified
- Theme-based designs can be achieved very easily and successfully
- Reduction in human error
Future of the Architecture Rendering Industry:
Humans have always been the smartest living organisms on the planet. Ever since the existence of man he has been in search of something or the other. Today also no matter how many advancements we have seen we are still growing every day and are indulged in finding greater theories, answers to our unsolved questions, solving mysteries of the past, and exploring the future. Talking about technology, it is moving at a much faster pace and every day we are all getting even more affected by it. Where somewhere technology has made our lives easier than ever before, somewhere it has some bad effects too.
Today people’s earning capacity has increased and so has their spending power too. They want everything on time and the way they want. This feeling gets even more intense when people talk about their houses or offices. Therefore, new designs, patterns and technologies are hitting the shelves every day to satisfy customers in all ways possible.
Architecture has never stopped and will never do so. When we talk about the future we can see lots of things coming our way. Right from planning smart buildings to smart cities, we are everyday moving towards betterment. While planning smart cities will help architects take care of energy conservation, waste management, giving better facilities to the client, etc, there are also people who are coming up with eco-friendly projects.
This is the time to use our minds to the fullest and build something that would take care of our present and future as well. While many believe we are already in the future for some it’s only the beginning and there is a lot more to come.