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Architectural visualization guide: Featuring top 3 innovative architectural innovations

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One of the challenges architects and home designers face when discussing design proposals with clients is the difficulty in conveying what a design concept will look like. No matter how fantastic a building design is, a client will have difficulty appreciating it without the help of visual aids. The good news is that there are now innovations in construction – called 3D architectural visualization. 3D architectural visualization comes in several forms. This article will discuss all you need to know about these architectural visualization tools and how they can benefit you as you plan your dream home.

Top 3 innovative architectural innovations

Virtual reality

When people hear virtual reality, they automatically think of video games and theme park rides. However, VR technology is now useful in many different ways, including architectural design.

Virtual reality is a computer-generated simulation of an environment like a house or a building. With VR technology, users can interact with a VR environment using special equipment like a VR headset or gloves fitted with sensors.

Virtual reality is beneficial to both architects and clients. Architects can use VR technology to experience and better understand the building they are working on. They can walk around the virtual environment and assess the dimensions of the building or see how light plays around different rooms. It can also help architects save time because they can let their clients experience their designs instead of explaining different design elements to them.

For homeowners or clients, a VR tour can help them get a better feel of the proposed design. They can walk around the virtual copy of their home and check different rooms and areas to see if the suggested design suits their preferences. A virtual tour can help them identify design elements they may want to change.

Take advantage of Superdraft’s Virtual Reality services and see how your future home would look like in your own perspective!

3D printing

3D printing uses technology to create physical models of virtual architectural designs. Architects can print 3D models of entire houses or specific features like the ceiling, the walls, or the roof.

With the help of 3D printing, architects can easily communicate design ideas to team members or clients. This technology allows clients to see what a design looks like instead of visualizing it with the help of drawings or sketches.

This technology can help architects and design teams save time because manually building models take time. 3D printers also operate continuously so building designers can work on other critical tasks while waiting for the 3D model to finish printing.

3D models can also help architects identify design flaws or challenges they may not notice in VR models. If the client wants to change the design element, the building design team can quickly make changes and reprint the model instead of manually rebuilding the model.

Real-time rendering

If you’re familiar with games like Minecraft or The Sims, then you have a fairly good idea of real-time rendering. Real-time rendering is the process of creating renders or animations so quickly that the design seems to materialize in real-time. Architects or building designers can combine pre-set design elements into a cohesive building design.

What’s great about real-time rendering is that it makes it easy to impress clients with their different design choices. For example, a building design expert can swap different flooring materials or designs to quickly show a client how floor designs affect a room. The building designer can change the colours of the exterior walls or the roof to let the client choose which one they prefer.

Real-time rendering can help architects and clients save time because they can discuss design ideas and see them rendered in real-time instead of scheduling another meeting to see what the design looks like.

Benefits of architectural innovations

Improves communication

This is a benefit we cannot emphasize enough because it is challenging for architects to relay design ideas to clients. There are also architectural terms that clients may not be familiar with, and it will be easier to let clients see for themselves what the designer is talking about.

Saves time

Architectural drawings take time, and using computers to render models can hasten the process. Implementing design changes using computers is also faster since the designer only needs to change a specific part or area instead of redrawing the entire model.

Allows remote collaboration

In the era of remote work, these architectural design innovations can allow architects and clients to work together remotely. Architects can just send the design file to the client and view it on their computer. Superdraft’s 3D Design tool is accessible on any mobile device with an internet browser. This eliminates the need to meet several times to discuss design ideas.

These innovations can also allow a team of designers to collaborate on a project simultaneously from several locations. This allows design teams to bring on board outside experts if needed.

Challenges in architectural innovations

Although these design innovations are helpful, they also present challenges. These innovations are still in their infancy, and not all architects offer them as options. Your preferred architect or building designer may still be using traditional 2D design methods, so you may need to switch to another building designer if you want to benefit from these architectural innovations.

For virtual reality models, the downside is you need specialized equipment to go on a virtual tour. If your architect has the required equipment, you can only take the virtual tour within their offices unless the architect is willing to let you take their gear home.

What makes Superdraft’s 3D Visualization Tool special?

Although other architects and design firms use 3D architectural visualizations, Superdraft takes this innovation in construction to a whole new level with 3D visualization. With the usual 3D visualization models, owners look at 3D models to assess the model from different angles.

With Superdraft 3D visualization, owners can see what their houses or buildings look like within the model through a virtual tour. You can use a VR headset to get a better feel of your new home through a virtual tour and experience your new home even before construction begins.

What’s great about a virtual tour is you can go to a room and gauge if it is too big or needs more space. You cannot get this from a regular 3D model where you assess rooms and common spaces from above the 3D model.

A 3D virtual tour can also show you what your home will look like using different types of lighting. The virtual tour will let you experience what your house will look like with natural lighting during the day or artificial lights at night. This is an excellent way of gauging if you want to add more windows, skylights, or sky windows so your building designer can add them before construction begins.

A virtual tour of your future home can also help you plan your wall and flooring materials. You can play with different materials, finishes, textures, and colours to find a combination that works great for you and your family. You can also use the virtual tour to see if the layout you chose is ideal or if you need to make some changes. This can help reduce stress and friction because family members can see what their rooms will look like and quickly decide on the materials they want. In addition, having the optimal layout can help you avoid costly remodelling or retrofitting.

If you are having a difficult time deciding on an interior style or theme, Superdraft has an extensive library of products from trusted suppliers you can use. Mix and match different styles, products, colours, and textures until you find the combination that works for you.

A 3D virtual tour is also an excellent option if you want to receive valuable input from family and friends. Share the 3D virtual tour with whoever you want to get feedback and an outsider’s perspective on your dream house.

Conclusion: Use 3D Visualization for your next project 

Architectural visualization has come a long way from staring into blueprints and 2D drawings. Nowadays, you have the likes of Superdraft 3D Visualization to give you a more accurate and immersive design experience. This fantastic tool lets you see your future home from all angles. You can also visit the model via a virtual tour to make interior designing easier. This innovative tool can save time and money by avoiding costly rebuilds or remodelling.

If you want to learn more about Superdraft’s 3D visualization tool, sign up to Superdraft today, and we will give you more information about how this innovative tool can help you. You can also request a free design quote to start your dream project.

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