While manual, by-hand architectural renderings do still have their place in conceptual design phases, most architectural visualizations have made the transition to digital methods. Much like other technologies, modeling and rendering software has exponentially advanced in its capabilities throughout the 21st century. It is not uncommon for a 3D rendering to be confused with a photo of an actual building.
Along with an increase in capabilities, access to rendering software has become more convenient. Many leading software are instantly available for download accompanied by hundreds of user-oriented tutorials.
With plentiful access and advanced capabilities, more individuals and firms than ever before have begun offering architectural visualizations to their clients and sharing their different rendering techniques within the industry. This has caused the standardization of architectural visualization styles across the board.
Digital 3D visualizations can be placed in a variety of classifications – one of those being architectural rendering styles. Dozens of styles, characterized by their different rendering techniques, have become their own category due to a rising popularity including:
Of the different rendering techniques listed above, the Watercolor, the Semi-Realistic, and the Whodunit are extremely popular choices among architects and visualization artists for their practical application across all project types.
This will ultimately be a balance of what your client wants and the personal preference of you or your firm. Many companies consistently use one of the styles in architectural visualization so much so that it becomes part of their brand. Additionally, the type of project and project location may hold some weight in the architectural rendering styles ultimately chosen.
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