For architects, visualization has always been the primary method used to translate our thoughts and ideas. The process has evolved from sketches and hand drawings to 3D realistic photo renderings. While it is not a surprise that these 3D realistic visualization tools have drastically enhanced our understanding of the design before it is even built, they have become mainstream, so what is next? Real-time rendering! What if you can just walk through the model scene and experience it in real-time? Today, real-time rendering is possible, and it is an effective tool that can benefit both the client and the architect.
What is real-time rendering?
Real-time rendering is an animation that is rendered instantaneously, and can be generated in less than a second. Unlike the static image rendering tools, real-time renderings are measured by frame per second which normally range from 24 fps to 60 fps depending on the user requirements. With this amount of speed, it allows users to not only render the image instantly but to view it as an animated scene in real-time.
Why it matters?
From the client’s point of view, static images are not the best way to illustrate the full depth of the architect or designer vision. They cannot offer the flexibility to see the design from a different angle, but only from a fixed view, chosen by the architect. The client is unable to see the whole of the design before it gets built, thus the actual buildings may be different from the client’s expectation. Real-time rendering allows the client to enter the model scene and walk through the design in any view or angle of their choosing. The light intensity and color, materials, the difference of shadow in different times of the day can all be shown in real-time.
For the architect, the design process is a continuous loop of feedback between the architect and the client. Due to the limitations of the static rendering image, this process can be slow, requiring a lot of back and forth. At JL Architects we are successfully using real time rendering to enhance the design process for our clients. Let us know how we can help you!
-Meng Eng, Architectural Designer