We now live in the age where visualisations increasingly dominate architectural communication. For clients, complex and detailed architectural designs shown in perspective are much easier to understand and comprehend than 2D plans and sections. This enables the overall look and feel of the design to be quickly communicated much faster than hand sketching and analogue or digital collaging. For architects, computer renders are relatively quick to produce and easy to modify. It is possible to render perspective images at different times of day, in different weather and lighting conditions and from different angles to show the same room throughout the year. Computer software allows for elements to quickly be placed, moved, and deleted when compared to traditional revisions which involve erasing and redrawing. Renders allow architects to evaluate spatial qualities and their impact before they are built, which can assist in identifying design flaws prior to construction.
The 3D visualisation industry is growing at a rapid pace with new methods constantly becoming available for architects to explore. At present, CplusC produces a range of computer generated renders in-house during design services. We are also currently exploring the opportunities offered by gaming engines for dynamic real time rendering, but that’s probably another blog post!