Your architectural design visualization tools help you to expand your design thinking and final design results. But how can you harness the power behind what these tools can do, to help you create a winning and seamless design process?
Knowing which software tool to use to realize the different aspects of your design concept vision is critical. And if you do not take the time to learn about what different software can do, you may be simultaneously limiting what your designs can do.
An architectural rendering can depict the pinnacle moment of your design, it can showcase a moment of beauty within your design, and/or it can illustrate the functionality of your design. Often, architectural renderings are created to highlight beauty — for instance, the way an architectural material behaves in a particular rendered light. But, it is important to note that an architectural rendering can be so much more.
When working to create your architectural design presentation — how do you communicate the benefits of your design to your client? Do you simply rely on your design model to explain how the design will look? Or do you use it to explain the positive value that your client will get out of inhabiting your design?
In particular, the lighting within a given rendering becomes quite revealing, as it sets the scene and brings life to materials. You see, light and shadow help a rendering to express itself. In fact, the following is a list of the various ways light and shadow help renderings to communicate.
When designing architecture, it is important to understand how your design will impact its occupants through their senses. Is a space going to be noisy and loud? Is it going to feel cold or rough to the touch? You see, 3d models can be used to get a sense of your design before it is ever built.
How do you as an architect capture the poetics of your project in 3D model rendering form? After all, having a rendering that exudes poetics can tap into the observer’s emotion. Just imagine a client looking at your 3D model rendering where architectural qualities about the space are conveyed (even though they can’t be directly pointed to).
Imagine combining the power of physical modeling with the power of virtual 3D modeling while working on your architectural design. With a physical model, you pick up its pieces and parts. You study them and “play” with their proportions, geometric forms, and location within your model.
Architectural space has a very interesting relationship with digital media, and digital media affects architectural space in some very unique ways. The first, and most obvious way, is that architectural space is often created and modeled using digital media.
By giving built form a way to reframe its context in real time — where LED lights light the front face of each tower as water streams outward — the combination between nature (in this case water), built form, and video create such a unique dialogue that those experiencing it will likely not forget it anytime soon.
Technology does not just affect the way we construct buildings. It also affects the way you as an architect communicate your vision. From the time of drafting building blueprints by hand to our present day drafting carried out in virtual model spaces, your goal as an architect is still the same — to realize your vision and communicate it back to yourself as well as to others.
Over recent years, digital media for architectural design has given way to a multitude of different 3D room design tools. As such, tools like 3D Studio Max, Rhino, Revit and now Twinmotion2 have entered the design field giving architects a new sort of “pen” with which to virtually “ink” their designs, not only to benefit their own design process — but to more quickly produce 3D room design still visualizations and walk-throughs to communicate those pivotal design decisions which they make to their clients.
New technologies like mobile laser scanners are making it easier to capture greater detail of real-life 3D space in a fraction of the time it would normally take to mentally deconstruct, document and virtually render those spaces for either architectural contract documents or for an architectural visualization. Such technologies, as they advance, are helping architects to bring back to the office what they observe on the field — particularly helpful if working to design a project which involves demolition, restoration or an addition.
Perhaps you start with real world challenges and work backwards from them to come up with your masterpiece. But what if, instead, you could just have a “design playground” of sorts, in which to hone your design skills and let your problem solving skills sharpen — without the constant constraints from your typical “real-world” way of working?
Throughout your architectural design process it is often the case that you need different tools at different points in time as you design. While some tools help you to visualize what goes on during your personalized architecture process, others help you to visualize what will go on within your final building design.
When designing, do you begin with a preconceived idea of what your final design will look and feel like? Do you gain inspiration and insight from things that surround you, like nature or someone else’s design? Or do you start a design not knowing what your own creative process will give birth to?
Even as you formulate the initial schematics for your architectural concept design, it is wise to comprehensively research not only what your occupant thinks they need now, but also how they would like to grow: physiologically, intellectually, emotionally, behaviorally, and even spiritually. This will help you to grasp how the environmental design’s behavioral language needs to adapt.
Is all of life a game-like journey? Or is the journey more of an experiential process with no real end-goal? Whatever life seems to be at a given moment, it is interesting to consider what physical environments would be like if they were designed with a gaming mentality.
I invite you as an architectural designer to unlock the power of 3D to 4D visualization. Going from 3D visualizations to interactive 4D immersive VR experiences of your design projects (with sound) will convey your concept ideas better by making your multi-sensory design interventions come to life in more tangible ways.