Right now, the word „architectural visualization” makes us think of incredibly advanced technology, but the concept itself is almost as old as the humanity itself. Therefore, an overview of the history of architectural visualization will definitely prove extremely illuminating.
When one thinks of the monumental buildings of the ancient times, it is easy to see that they did require at least a sketch as a proof of concept. It might seem almost unimaginable from the modern perspective that monumental buildings such as the Egyptian Pyramids and the Roman Colosseum were assembled without the aid of software of any kind, but it turns out that people did not need such advancements in order to raise their gargantuan constructions. It has to be mentioned that by then, centuries still had to pass before we invented perspective, so the drawings made by the architects were entirely flat.
We had to wait until the Renaissance times until the use of linear perspective in visual arts was invented by Filipo Brunelleschi. Thanks to his invention, the architects were able to create 2D drawings that actually represented the way human beings view the world in three dimensions. Architectural visualization thus took on a new level of realism!
Another sea change came in 20th century, when the architects’ focus to form and space as the primary facets of their language. Now instead of drawing the projects realistically, they started to employ diagrammatic portrayals that gave the builders and clients the idea of not only how the proposed building would look like, but also how it would work, giving them an exact overview of the spatial relationships within the building.
In the last few decades, there have been further advancements in the realm of architectural visualization achieved thanks to the progress of computer software. The rise of 3D rendering allowed architectural visualization to reach unprecedented heights, as it enabled the designers to create photorealistic models of buildings (Sitopoland’s architectural visualization is a great example). This is not all, though – the advent of Virtual Reality means that architectural studios can provide their clients models of proposed buildings that are not only photorealistic, but also explorable. The client thus can now walk through a building that does not even yet exist! Many companies are right now picking up on this thread and a growing number of them are now providing virtual architecture walkthrough services.