Top Architectural 3D Rendering Companies to Consider in 2022
These guys from Norway are the absolute stars of architectural visualization, without which it is impossible to imagine any such collection.
The MIR studio has existed for a little over 20 years - in the late 1990s, two designer brothers named Andersen - Trond Greve and Mats - began to carry out small orders and decided to name their studio with the Russian word "Mir" in honor of the orbital station, so that right in the title reinforces the idea that curiosity and knowledge are far more important than technology.
The studio's manifesto says that MIR works to show what a wonderful world surrounds us. MIR is currently preparing renders for the studios of Ricardo Bofill, Raphael Vignoli, Kengo Kuma, Snøhetta, and many other teams around the world.
There are two sections “Work” on the site: if you click on an ordinary word, an extensive portfolio of the bureau opens - visualizations made to order. And if you click on the upside-down world, creative and experimental visualizations will open, in whose plots no one restricts the team. In addition to the images, we advise you to pay attention to the ironic Team page, where a small team is photographed in white coats, like doctors or alchemists.
Another star team from France led by Eric de Broche and Laurence Tau. The Luxigon studio has existed since 2007, but before that its founders - visualizers with the education of architects - were already engaged in visualization. In various interviews, de Broche says that architectural design has always seemed to him too long and time-consuming a process, in contrast to visualization, in which the result can be obtained much faster.
The main Luxigon principle is “Don't be boring”. The studio now works extensively with OMA, REX, Zaha Hadid Architects, and Kengo Kuma's team, and has offices in Paris, Los Angeles, and Milan.
3. Brick visual
A Hungarian studio with an architectural background, its professional mission is to transform architectural concepts into vivid and expressive images. Over the years, a team of several freelancers has grown into an international creative agency.
Brick Visual pays attention to the development of its software and is seriously preparing young visualizers. The developed programs and methods allow young 3D artists to learn the technical skills of the programs and acquire a high level of visual literacy.
Another master of architectural visualization to look up to is Dbox. The company was founded in the mid-90s when the CGI industry (computer-generated imagery, literally "computer-generated images") was just beginning to interact with architecture. At the very beginning of the journey, architects Matthew Bannister, Charles D'Autremont, and James Gibbs had to not only "sell" Dbox to potential clients, but also to introduce them to CGI - a new visual language in architecture, replacing hand-drawn graphics and watercolors.
Over 20 years, the small studio has grown into a creative branding agency working with Foster + Partners and Zaha Hadid Architects. The company now has 3 offices in the US and one in the UK. A special feature of the studio is a love for architectural photography: the founders of the company believe that for an architect-visualizer, photography should be one of the main sources of inspiration and help to look at architecture from a new angle.
5. Hayes Davidson
Hayes Davidson is a London-based visualization studio founded over 30 years ago by Alan Davidson, a pioneer in the use of digital tools in architectural presentation. Davidson was born in Scotland and trained as an architect in Edinburgh. In 1986 he moved to London and worked for the Richard Rogers Partnership (now Rogers Stirk Harbor + Partners), and in 1989 decided to create his visualization studio.
Alan was fond of computer technology: 3D modeling and image processing. Before Hayes Davidson, architectural visualization was far from photorealistic renders - drawings were created by artists by hand using paints and inks. At that time, computer technology for creating images was used only in advertising and cinema, but Hayes Davidson studio was already using the new Apple Macintosh computers, the program for creating motion graphics Electric Image, as well as the only then graphics editor Adobe Photoshop.
The studio's first orders were projects from the Richard Rogers Partnership, and Hayes Davidson gained fame thanks to the visualizations of The Shard for the Renzo Piano Building Workshop, the Mary-ex skyscraper for Foster + Partners, the Tate Gallery for Herzog & de Meuron, and the London Eye for Marx Barfield. During its existence, the studio also managed to work with Zaha Hadid, Shigeru Ban, Daniel Libeskind, David Chipperfield, Thomas Heatherwick, and the OMA bureau.
Alan Davidson died in 2018 after a long battle with motor nerve disease. After his death, the studio became fully employee-owned - it became the property of the team members and turned into a cooperative of professional architects, CG artists, and photographers. Hayes Davidson works not only with photorealistic rendering but also with architectural graphics: collages, illustrations, and plans, as well as conducting urban research.
6. Beauty and the bit
The studio is based in Madrid and the site fully reflects the cheerful atmosphere that reigns in it. Despite the seeming ease, the Spaniards take their work very seriously. The Beauty and The Bit team pays great attention to the rendering process, improving it every time. This is certainly reflected in the illustrations. The elaboration of the images and the realism of the materials draw attention to every detail: you want to look at the renders for a long time, and not glance at them.
Beauty and The Bit believes that visualization is not a necessary set of images for a project, but the result of rethinking personal experiences, experiences, and emotions.
7. K2 Visual
The studio from Budapest, about which there is little to be found in English, specializes in atmospheric imagery. At K2 Visual, they believe that you need to be an artist, not just a visualizer: to find the right mood, the team devotes a lot of time not only to realism but also to composition and lighting.
K2 Visual collaborates frequently with the Norwegian design firm Helen & Hard, as well as the LEFT Architects and Link Arkitektur teams. In the work of this visualization team, you can often find the varied and detailed natural landscapes surrounding the buildings.
8. The Boundary
The British studio with offices in London and New York was founded in 2014 by Peter Guthrie and Henry Goss.
The studio is known for how rapidly it grew and developed - over seven years the team made more than a thousand images, animations, and VR tours for the bureau of Pritzker laureates - Richard Rogers, Tadao Ando, The Duke, and de Meuron, Renzo Piano, Richard Meyer, Alvar Siza, and Peter Zumthor.
Instead of a regular website with an electronic portfolio of works, the bureau maintains a blog in which it talks about the latest projects, shares free video tutorials on visualization, and shows its best practices to optimize the workflow.