What is Architectural Rendering?

In a world of graphics where we give life to imaginations, the term “rendering” is used quite often. The term ‘rendering’ itself has a unique meaning attached to it. The process of rendering is based on creating photorealistic images from either 3D or 2D models using a computer program.

Different Types of Rendering Engines

When it comes to rendering, there are a lot of rendering software out there in the market. Every rendering software does a different job and is designed to perform a certain set of tasks quite well.

Since every industry has its own set of objectives to accomplish, they require customized types of rendering software. Different industries use different rendering engines or, say, rendering software to help them achieve their final goals.

Architectural Rendering

But when it comes to architectural rendering, things get a little bit more interesting. The concept of architectural rendering is the same as it is with the other industries, but the difference is quite subtle.

The architectural rendering is actually the process of creating photorealistic images either in 2D or 3D from the architectural design / model. The software or engines that perform rendering of architectural designs / models are built quite differently.

Where’s Rendering in the Pipeline?

The rendering is not the first step to start with. First of all, the design is sketched or envisioned by an architect. Then a 3D or a 2D modeler converts that idea into something that’s visually pleasing.

After creating the architectural model, the frames are then “Rendered” with the help of certain rendering software that are designed solely to render architectural models.

Benefits of Architectural Rendering

Architects need to visually elaborate their clients on how their building would look in the future. For that purpose, traditional blueprints aren’t the solution these days. Clients want to visually see how exactly their new project would look like.

This is where Architects need to have a set of visually appealing rendered images (aka Renders). Once the renders are viewed and approved by the client, an architect can proceed further with the project.

  1. So, the first and very significant benefit of architectural rendering is that it’s practically possible to realistically visualize a new architecture project.
  2. The second benefit of architectural rendering is that the ideas can be easily altered when required. If the design needs to be changed, a client can ask for revision and an architect can easily alter the change in the design and make amendments in the project before even starting it.
  3. This also leads us to the third benefit of architectural rendering and that is the effective communication between the client and an architect. The communication of design and ideas become more understandable when they’re viewable.

Types of Architectural Rendering

Architectural rendering can be divided into three major categories:

  1. Interior Rendering
    The interior rendering covers the visual representation of flooring, lighting, space, and even the room setting with appliances. The interior architectural rendering can help architects to represent a true picture of what the inside of a building would look like.
  2. Exterior Rendering
    The exterior rendering of architectural designs cover the exterior view of the project. It shows how the exterior design of a building will look like.
  3. Aerial Rendering
    In aerial rendering, the surroundings are also added in the scene to make the rendering look more believable. The images are rendered with an aerial angle and the aerial view of the design can be represented quite accurately.
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