The earliest architectural plans date back over four thousand years to Mesopotamians and Ancient Egyptians. They have been used throughout history because they are such an invaluable tool. Millenia later, they are more useful than ever before. Technological advances have allowed for the creation of three-dimensional models, which have become an invaluable part of any architectural project.
What is Architectural Visualization?
Visualization in an architectural sense means representing structures that are in the planning process in such a way that you can easily understand how they are going to look. In many cases, architects’ clients are not used to the technical drawings of an architect, so visualization is used to demonstrate what a project is going to look like before building work has even started. The most recent development in architectural visualization is three-dimensional modeling. These models are extremely accurate and detailed and enable an even greater understanding of the project
Why Use 3D Architectural Visualization?
A three-dimensional model is possibly the best way to show somebody else what your technical drawings really mean in a simple and easy to understand way. They are also portable and cheap in terms of materials as they are entirely digital and are faster than making a model, as well as being more descriptive and easily amendable. Below are just a few examples of why it is so invaluable:
Identify Potential Problems Before They Occur
It is a regular occurrence for buildings to go over budget, but often this isn’t just the fault of serendipity. Often, problems arise – not typically on the technical side, but instead, these problems arise when clients get a better understanding of the representation that an architect has in mind and starts to want to make changes. This can be averted when clients are shown a detailed 3D architectural rendering. When a client is presented with a photo-realistic rendering, they will instantly get to grips with the architect’s intention and can raise any issues they have with the aesthetics or functionality of the design before the building is constructed. In the long-run, this can save a lot of money.
High Return on Investment
When three-dimensional architectural visualizations first came on the scene, they were really expensive and required expensive machines to render them effectively. Nowadays, however, they are affordable as computers and software have got better. 3D rendering and even 3D animations can be made for clients without breaking the bank, allowing architects and clients to rest easy due to their high cost-to-benefit ratio.
3D Models are the Perfect Marketing Tool
Architects often want to show people what they envisage the final product will look like. This is partly pride in all their hard work, but also because investors and new businesses need that visualized image to understand why an architect is trustworthy and worth their hard-earned money. There is a good amount that sketch or blueprint drawings can do to demonstrate the prowess of an architect, but nothing is as good as a 3D visualization at truly promoting an architect’s ideas.