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Influences of Technology on Architectural Rendering

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With the boom in technological advancements, every industry experienced an increase in the quality of its products and services. However, the architectural industry still requires a lot of manual work. 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 is advancing.

Unlike when everything was 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 helped us make our work easier and improved the quality of work that happens every day.

Talking about the effects of architectural rendering, today we will find that this fabulous technology has affected how architects design buildings, how they are constructed, and even how clients experience the design and building process. These intelligent 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. From the Great Wall of China to the Eiffel Tower and the Leaning Tower, we have a tremendous number of architectural masterpieces worldwide. 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 was time. Just by looking at the masterpiece’s beautiful detailing, we can say how much time it might have consumed. 

Today, when everything moves at a super-fast pace, clients will not accept these time-consuming projects. Given this scenario, it was important to develop a technology that could shorten the time and increase efficiency. Architectural rendering is one such technology that promises to do so. 

Architectural rendering is the process of designing three-dimensional or two-dimensional images of architectural buildings to use them as a reference or blueprint. This computerised technology is used to create photorealistic images to enhance the features and attributes of a building or property. Architectural rendering is no less than a boon for the construction industry as designers can now create models 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 its enormous benefits. 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 required textures, colours, and features and present them to the client. Moreover, the clients can also 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. Different types of architectural renderings are found today per the project demands and goals.


  • 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 to be made is on a vast 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 the attributes of the building. 

Exterior rendering is one of the most popular artificial rendering types and this is widely used by architects and designers constructing the entire building. Exterior artificial renderings can be simple buildings or highly detailed models as the project demands. 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 construction. However, interior design 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 difficult 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

Architects often take pictures from an aerial view to examine the spatial arrangements in and around the building or plot. This step is important for understanding 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 primary purpose here is to not focus on the exteriors of the building but to highlight the surrounding areas of the plot.


  • Animation

As the name suggests, artificial renderings created in a video format are commonly termed animation. These videos can contain the whole site tour, covering all areas for clear visualisation and an immersive experience for the client. These videos are specially designed for real estate agents and brokers to attract potential buyers and show them the property without travelling. Artificial rendering animation videos are a potent 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 essential to have a floor plan before starting the construction work. 2D-floor plans are made to give clients and designers an idea about the orientation and spacing of each room, flat, and apartment. However, if these plans are designed in 3D, the layout becomes more precise and more accurate. 


How has technology influenced architecture rendering?

Technology has been influencing people’s lives for ages. However, this has risen to the next level in the past few decades. Today, technology and its effects can be seen everywhere and around us. It has changed the way we live and function. How could the architecture industry be untouched when everything around us was affected?


There are many 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 competition is increasing every day. Knowing this, clients today have also become much more specific and demanding than ever, so it was essential to use technology’s help to fulfil their requests.
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 technology has given to the construction industry. 

Tall, asymmetrical buildings with abstract designs needed extra labour and exceptionally skilled professionals who could mark the accuracy of the project.


However, with techniques like 3D printing, this work has become easier than expected. As the cherry on the pie, this technology not only masters the art of accuracy but also speeds up 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. What would it feel like if he could see the same image in real life before its existence? He would be full of emotions and whatnot! That is what photorealistic images are meant for. Architects and designers can make ultra-realistic images of buildings and houses and include all the details they plan to put into the building. 

These images can be made for the exterior as well as the interior of the house. Photorealistic images are super helpful as it impresses the clients quickly and finding and correcting errors here are easy.


  • Virtual reality tours:

Although with the invention of two-dimensional and three-dimensional artificial renderings, clients can check all the details and attributes of a house today, they might still be confused 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 unique technology has helped companies bag bigger projects by promising their level of work and detailing and gaining guest satisfaction and trust.


  • Generative design:

With the fast growth of artificial intelligence, everything is possible. Generative design tools generate a handful of design options using a set of algorithms and artificial intelligence. The software considers several facts like the design requirements, materials to be used, budget, size, height, shape, and building techniques. 

Once this information is fed, the software predicts and generates several design ideas. This fabulous technology is gaining popularity lately and is widely used to start a project and generate innovative ideas.

  • Augmented reality
    While virtual reality takes you entirely 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 and how it looks, all with the help of AR.

    Architects and interior designers use AR very often to determine which furniture or flooring would suit and what colour paint should be used 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, some or other inventions and discoveries keep 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 general purposes technology, 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 there were more rooms for the patients. 

Now that we know about the different types of artificial renderings and the influence of technology on the construction industry, it is time to see what benefits we derive from them. 

  1. It saves a tremendous amount of time
  2. Gives good results
  3. Chances of errors are reduced
  4. Gives value for money
  5. Reduces human labour
  6. 3D-rendered images and virtual tours help impress clients easily
  7. These rendered images and videos also act as promotion tools
  8. Clients get a clear idea of the project and can identify the mistakes there and then that is to be rectified
  9. Theme-based designs can be achieved very easily and successfully
  10. 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 harmful 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, and providing better facilities to clients, 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 will 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.

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