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ARCHITECTURAL RENDERING

Autodesk provides architects and designers with the software they need to develop accurate, higher-quality architectural renderings.

CNC Machining & Software

What is architectural rendering?

Architectural rendering is the process of creating two-dimensional and three-dimensional images of a proposed architectural design. The goal of architectural rendering is to illustrate lifelike experiences of how a space or building will look like before they have been built. Using architectural rendering software can lead to more sophisticated and eye-popping designs that represent design intent accurately before any physical work on a project begins.

Benefits of architectural rendering

There are three main benefits of using 3D rendering software for architecture projects:

  1. Develop design ideas more accurately
  2. Identify problems early in the development stages to reduce costs
  3. Communicate design ideas  with clients and partners

Types of architectural rendering

  • 3 axis CNC machine

    INTERIOR RENDERING

    Like the inside of an office building or home, many details including flooring, furnishings and lighting contribute to a space. Interior renderings offer a perspective on what it will be like to work or live in that space.

    Image courtesy of Ziad Balakosy

  • 4 axis machining

    EXTERIOR RENDERING

    Many considerations like light, shadowing and reflection factor into the creation of exterior renderings. These factors are important in considering how a building will relate to the environment and people around it.

    Image courtesy of BNIM

  • 5-axis CNC machine

    AERIAL RENDERING

    Many companies use an aerial view render in their presentations to show a dynamic perspective that leads to better understanding of landscapes, surrounding buildings, and complete visualizations.

    Image courtesy of VRRT

How is architectural rendering used?

DBOX: Traditional storytelling with modern workflows

DBOX stays on top of new technology to deliver exclusive work like the 432 Park Avenue project, the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere.

Image courtesy of DBOX

Tangram 3DS on VR and architectural design

Tangram 3DS specializes in comprehensive design solutions for the AEC, interior design, maritime, and real estate industries.

Image courtesy of Tangram 3DS

A fresh spin on interior rendering

Stefan Lopusny, artist and founder of design visualization studio Fat Tony Studio, tackles an animated film with In Circles.

Image courtesy of Stefan Lopusny

Architectural rendering software

Workflows for architectural rendering software

  • Visualizing building with Revit & 3ds Max

  • Revit + 3ds Max (01:32:31 min.)

    Learn how to use 3ds Max software to generate high-quality still images and animations of building models created in Revit software.

Free architectural rendering software


  • FREE ARCHITECTURAL RENDERING SOFTWARE FOR STUDENTS AND EDUCATORS

    We offer free Autodesk software for students and educators. Use the same architectural rendering software as top professionals around the world.

     

  • FREE ARCHITECTURAL RENDERING SOFTWARE FOR NONPROFITS

    Are you a nonprofit or entrepreneur working to create positive impact through design? See if you qualify for our Technology Impact Program.

     

Architectural rendering resources


  • Autodesk's official CG community. Find free tutorials, customer stories, forums, and share your work in the AREA gallery.

  • The place to ask and answer rendering questions and share knowledge about using Arnold.

  • Watch video lessons on rendering and visualizations from expert rendering artists and architects.

  • Get started with virtual reality in architecture with these four tips.

  • Learn about innovative workflows to create interactive visualizations and virtual reality experiences.

  • ArchDaily shares these 3ds Max tips for design and project visualization.