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3D rendering software

Discover the benefits of rendering with Lumion

Communicating designs through the power of visualization

As an architect, you’re trained to experience design in a truly immersive way. Something as abstract as a hand-drawn sketch or as flat as a 2D floor plan can exist in your mind as lively, detailed spaces. You can see how light fills up the room and sense how different materials can change the entire mood of a space.

Communicating your vision is a necessary step in getting it realized.

You want to make sure your design solutions and insights are well understood, that they take shape not just in your mind, but also in the minds of your peers and clients. And beyond that, you want to create a deeper connection between your design and how others experience it.

Architectural visualization and 3D rendering can help you achieve just that. Over the past years, 3D rendering has become a critical part of architectural processes, from design development to client presentations and architectural marketing. With the help of 3D rendering software, architects and designers now have a wider range of techniques to communicate the form and function of designed spaces, and more importantly, to convey feeling and inspire action.

"We're constantly talking about capturing hearts and minds and getting people's passion into the project."

Arno Matis

Founding Principal, Arno Matis Architecture

"We're able to get people excited because they can actually picture themselves in this image and capture a feeling of how it might be when the project is actually built."

Arno Matis

Founding Principal, Arno Matis Architecture

"We're constantly talking about capturing hearts and minds and getting people's passion into the project."

Arno Matis

Founding Principal, Arno Matis Architecture

"We're able to get people excited because they can actually picture themselves in this image and capture a feeling of how it might be when the project is actually built."

Arno Matis

Founding Principal, Arno Matis Architecture

A more intuitive 3D rendering experience

As the need for architectural rendering grows, so does the number of 3D rendering tools available. So how do you know which one is right for you and your practice?

For a long time, 3D rendering was considered a complicated, time-consuming chore that requires hours of training to get to good results. Lumion aims to challenge this.

Lumion 3D rendering software was created to empower architects and designers to visualize designs on their own terms, with ease and simplicity. But simple does not mean basic. Lumion is a complete 3D rendering solution that makes the process of visualization smooth, straightforward, more intuitive, and more enjoyable.

Lumion is designed to offer you an effortless, transparent, and stress-free 3D rendering workflow that's faster than most other programs. Backed by more than a decade of development, Lumion has everything you need to contextualize your design in minutes and add atmosphere at the touch of a button.

All you need is a 3D model of your architectural design and Lumion can help you convey function, form, and feeling in striking images, animations, or immersive 360 panoramas. With 3D rendering software Lumion, you can add a world of context around your design with landscaping tools, a large content library of 3D assets and materials, and multiple atmospheric effects that will pull clients through the front door of your spaces.

Whether your project involves residential buildings, interiors, landscapes, urban or commercial spaces, you can render a beautiful result faster than ever before. And the best part — you can learn how to render with Lumion in less than 15 minutes.

An empowering 3D rendering workflow

While 3D rendering is often used to present photorealistic visualizations of a final design, it isn't solely reserved for that final step of the process.

You can use Lumion throughout your entire workflow to help inform design decisions faster and with full confidence. You can quickly test ideas, visualize design concepts, and see how certain design choices will impact the final result. You can explore different materials or see how light affects your design.

Thanks to Lumion's lightning fast rendering speeds, you can easily create 3D renders at any stage of the process, without wasting a moment's notice.

Lumion is compatible with all major CAD and 3D modeling software programs, which means that you can easily import your 3D models in a more immersive environment that's easy to control. With Lumion LiveSync, you can even create a live connection with your CAD software, so you can model and render simultaneously, in real time.

“Lumion changed the way I tackle visualization. It’s now easier to start rendering from the very beginning of the design process and use renders to make design decisions.”

Martin Chavanne

Project Designer , 3D Visualization Studio at Cline Design Associates

See how 3D rendering with Lumion enhances your architectural workflows

1. Quality at speed

Everything in Lumion is designed to save you time, without sacrificing quality.

This means you can create a beautiful visualization in just a few minutes and make fast alterations as you go. With Lumion, you can quickly build context around your project with fully-featured terrains, fine-detailed nature, interior and exterior furnishings, and thousands of objects in Lumion’s own content library.

Thanks to Lumion's unique approach to 3D rendering technology, you can create images, videos, and 360 panoramas in a fraction of the time required by other solutions.

2. Stable at all times

There's nothing more frustrating than being interrupted when you're in your creative flow.

Lumion aims to make your 3D rendering experience smooth and dependable, regardless of the type of project you're working on.

Lumion can handle large models or large areas without slowing down your editing and rendering experience. You can also take advantage of the thousands of objects in the Lumion content library - there's no limit to the level of detail you can add to your renders. You can add thousands of trees, plants, people, or buildings in seconds and keep your scene neatly organized in different layers.

3. Accomplish more with less effort

Traditionally, architectural visualization comes with many hurdles and restrictions. Rendering often takes hours to finish and the software is almost always complex to learn.

Lumion completely turns this on its head by providing a 3D rendering tool that every architect and designer can use quickly and effectively. It lets you get greater value out of 3D rendering at every stage of your design process.

Lumion is incredibly easy to work with, thanks to its intuitive interface and simple process. Editing and rendering are almost instantaneous - you can easily set up a real-time link between SketchUp or Revit and Lumion, apply or change materials on the fly, fine-tune your renders with readily available effects, or create a video walk-through on the spot. With Lumion, you can immediately visualize your work exactly how you imagine it.

No matter your previous experience with 3D rendering software, with Lumion you can achieve amazing results in no time - and with very little effort.

4. Context is everything

While speed and ease-of-use are incredibly important in any 3D rendering software, you'll need more than just that to effectively communicate your vision.

Context, atmosphere, and emotion are critical in creating outstanding architectural visualizations that capture hearts. They help tell a more compelling and immersive story about your design.

Lumion makes it easy to place your design in context and showcase its full potential through a wide range of tools, content, and rendering effects. From beautifully realistic skies and lighting, to high-quality materials, fine-detailed nature, and animated plants, Lumion gives you a wide range of contextual elements that will bring your renders to life. On top of a huge library of content, rendering in Lumion also includes various artistic effects and styles that are surprisingly easy to use.

In an instant, you can completely transform any 3D model into a scene brimming with life.

5. You can do it yourself!

Lumion empowers any architect or designer to create beautiful and professional visualizations without any prior training. You too can render images, animations, or 360 panoramas in minutes, not hours, and take full creative control of how you want to show your designs to the world.

Lumion is a complete and reliable tool designed to help architects and designers fully harness the power of 3D rendering, without having to deal with complex workflows, specialized training, and long wait times.

With Lumion, you have complete freedom and control to develop your design, make changes on the fly, and present your work exactly how you envision it. This means you don’t need to outsource your visualizations or spend valuable resources, time, and money when you can do it all yourself.

All you need is a 3D model - Lumion takes care of the rest.

Complete compatibility

Model and render in real-time with Lumion LiveSync