The Best Blender Addons for Architectural 3D Rendering
Pro lighting skies
Pro-lighting: Sky is an add-on from Blender guru that artists can use to instantly change outdoor lighting at any time of the day, any weather, and achieve more realistic results because it is based on the use of images with a high dynamic range or the more famous term - HDRI.
This addon is interesting because it allows you to quickly create beautiful buildings or houses, procedurally adding some of the most important elements for the building, such as floors, windows, railings, doors, balconies, and roofs.
Real Trees is an addon that makes it easy to create forests and natural areas. It contains 20 models of the most common trees in the world.
SKETCH STYLE is a plugin that can be used for 3d visualization such as Ambient Occlusion, clay, and sketch, similar to what we can find in professional software capable of creating unrealistic renderings such as Sketch-Up.
Blender open street map
Blender-osm supports the generation of simple 3D buildings to create exterior urban scenes or outdoor scenes in general, using information obtained from satellite information online, which will be transferred to the Blender 3D viewing window.
JARCH Vis is a Blender 3D addon that helps artists create specific architectural objects so that they are easy to customize. It quickly creates such objects as: windows, floor, walls, doors, etc.
Blender GIS - it is an add-on that uses satellite data to create cities and the exterior. This addon is very similar to the Blender open street map, except that it is free and can be a bit more difficult to use.
The Object Scatter addon for Blender lets you scatter a grid over a surface. It does not have to be a plane on which you want to scatter objects, it can be a sphere, or another object.
Archimesh provides a selection of parametric architectural elements that can be dragged and dropped into the scene. These elements get added to the scene at the position of the 3D cursor. The properties of these parametric objects can be updated at any stage. However, some objects such as cabinets, stairs, and roof objects only have initial properties and cannot be adjusted after they are closed.
List of all architectural elements:
- Kitchen cabinets
- Columns stairs
- Tile roofs
- Venetian blinds
- Roller curtain
- Japanese curtains
Modifiers are used where possible, so you can edit properties after creation. The addon will create cycles material too.
City builder 3d
This addon allows artists to create their own cities in Blender with over 40 different 3D models and texture building objects that can be applied very quickly to a 3D scene.
As the name of this addon suggests, True grass is able to generate realistic grass with 8 types of grass, 3 types of weeds, 5 plants or flowers, 5 types of mushrooms in addition to ground debris.
E-Cycles is a Blender addon that is used to achieve better ray tracing performance.
This Blender addon is in the form of a high-quality resource package containing various types of weeds, grass and moss, as well as various types of garbage that can be used to add a touch of realism and imperfection in external 3D rendering scenes.
Archipack is a Blender addon containing a collection of parametric primitives for Architectural 3D Vizualization.
Features of Archipack Addon for Blender
Below are some notable features that you will experience after downloading Archipack Addon for Blender for free:
- You can easily manipulate primitives using the live editing interface.
- It has many primitives in its bases, such as a wall, slab, windows, doors, floor, stairs, and much more.
- There is an on-screen editing interface where you will see two arrows, one on the left and one on the right, to draw the other side of the wall.
System requirements for Archipack
- Operating system: Windows 7/8 / 8.1 / 10
- Memory size (ram): 1 GB of RAM required.
- Hard disk space: 20 MB of free space required.
- Processor: Intel Dual Core processor or newer.
Gaffer is a Blender addon that helps artists illuminate their scenes by presenting all the necessary settings in convenient panels for quick access and experimentation, which can help save time, efficiency and focus on creating better lighting without being distracted by button searches.
Real Grass is an addon that lets you add a bunch of PBR grass and weed models to your scene.
A more detailed overview of all the addons below in the video.