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Types of Renderings | Ultimate Guide on Architectural Rendering

Learn about main types of renderings and what data is required for renders. Rely on this detailed guide on architectural rendering to understand what you need.

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You come across architectural rendering much more often than you can imagine. Think of all real estate leaflets, banners, or brochures at every turn of your city. When people see the life-like images of various buildings, they don’t usually recognize them as renderings. They may even think that these are just appealing photos. However, such beautiful 3D pictures have a lot of work behind them and require careful planning. An architectural design agency needs a bunch of details and technical characteristics to generate architectural visualization that would be as close to reality as possible. It also requires considerable expertise in rendering software.

There are various types of renderings suitable for different purposes. The option you need depends on your specific requirements and expectations. We know that architectural rendering may confuse you. That’s why we have decided to create an ultimate guide on rendering architecture. Here it is!

What are renderings? Architectural rendering is the process during which the multidimensional images of buildings are computer-generated. Renderings are 3D models that allow people to see how a certain facility looks in real life. Based on the provided data and precise settings, rendering software generates renders with the slightest details, including materials and lightning.

Who needs building renderings? There are no limitations as to the use of architectural rendering. It perfectly works for real estate, increasing sales and attracting the necessary target audience. 3D models are also a great advertising tool that helps create a realistic look of hotels, recreational areas, resorts, and other premises. Regardless of the visualization goals, there are two broad groups of clients ordering renders:

• those who have the project of a building that is still not constructed
• those who need an appealing 3D model of an existing building

What information is necessary for architectural rendering? If you’ve decided to use architectural rendering services, first of all, make sure to prepare all the necessary information. An agency will use this data to generate a 3D model that meets your expectations and needs. The volume and accuracy of the information provided will directly influence the quality of renders. Also, different types of renderings require different information, so don’t shy away from consulting with professionals.

In particular, to render a building, you will have to provide:

• Plans of all floors
• Facade drawings
• Information on facade materials
• Information on the premises

TIP. If a building is added to an existing photo, provide high-resolution photos of the location from the required angle. If you model the entire setting, provide photos of the location (not necessarily high-resolution) or Google Maps coordinates.

Types of Renderings

The truth is that there is no official classification of architectural renderings. The key categories provided in this article are based on our personal experience and projects. We have created numerous renders and know what 3D models are ordered most often and how they differ. As a result, it was possible to single out 2 classifications of architecture rendering.

Types of 3D renderings based on the modeling approach:


1. Fitting a 3D model into a photo This option is used when a customer needs to render a facility that already has a precise location. It may be surrounded by other buildings, have a supermarket, bakery, or coffee shop around. These objects are important for the overall look of the visualization and must be included in the final picture. Therefore, a visualization agency creates a model of the necessary building and adds it to the photo.
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2. 3D modeling of an entire area Sometimes 3D renders are created not only for a building but also for the whole area around it. They help make the building more realistic and show how it would look in the environment. An architectural rendering agency will add numerous details, like cars, billboards, trees, or pedestrians to ensure real-life experience. 3D modeling of the area takes more time and resources than photo-based renders. Make sure to take this into account when you order visualization services.
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Types of 3D renderings based on the premises:


1. Exterior Exterior rendering is, actually, the core of architectural renderings. This type is directly related to the external look of a building. Such 3D models are most commonly used in real estate to convince potential buyers or renters that the building is worth investment.
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2. Interior Interior renders provide a perspective on the future look of a room. This is a popular interior design tool used to communicate ideas to partners and clients. Today, almost every person who orders design services wants to see 3D renders before making the final solution. They help avoid mistakes early in the design process and implement interior ideas more accurately. Moreover, interior rendering is often used to sell furniture and room decor. Read our article to learn more about this.
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3. Aerial This rendering type is suitable for large-scale projects, such as residential areas or commercial developments. It allows seeing premises from a bird’s eye view to evaluate the overall planning, proportions, and landscape. Aerial renders offer a remote look at the whole location with all buildings and objects.
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To learn more, read our article on the technical side of visualization

We hope this guide answers all main questions related to architectural rendering. In case you need some rendering consulting or assistance don’t hesitate to contact Kucheriavi Studio.