Types of 3D Architectural Rendering



Types of 3D Architectural Rendering

Classification #1: Interior or Exterior CGI

The two main types of architectural 3D visualizations are interior and exterior views. Exterior 3D renderings allow the architect to present the building from any angle. For example, there can be a perspective view, a top view, a close-up view, etc. So you can get an idea of how the future building will fit into the environment, how it might look when clad with different materials, and so on.

The interior of the building can be represented with 3D renderings of the interior spaces. They can show the space of any architectural object, whether residential or commercial, in photorealistic quality. Interior renderings are great for showing planning, lighting schemes, materials and textures, furniture and decoration. All these elements help to convey the atmosphere of the place, so that the viewer can not only see it, but also feel it.

Classification #2: By Type Of Architectural Object

Both external and internal 3D visualization have their subtypes. If we talk about the types of architectural 3D visualizations according to the type of building, there are residential and commercial.


This type of 3D rendering includes interior and exterior shots of residential properties of all types, such as apartments, suites, country houses, townhouses and so on. At the same time, the interior design of different rooms has its own specifics. Thus, one of the goals may be to highlight certain features of the room, such as its functionality, planning the detailed look of the room or evoking the atmosphere through the ambience. To achieve this, 3D designers use special sets of angles and views, as well as lighting settings specific to each room.


Commercial 3D renderings are interior and exterior visualisations of non-residential buildings. These include business skyscrapers, warehouses, manufacturing facilities, shopping malls, restaurants and so on. Let us take a closer look at the most common subtypes of commercial 3D renderings by object type.

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Office Space

In most cases, architects face stiff competition when trying to win a contract for an office interior design project. Therefore, they need to create an impressive design to convince investors that they are the right choice for the job.

This is where 3D visualization becomes an important tool. It allows architects to clearly communicate functional solutions and stylistic choices, demonstrate different design options and ultimately win a contract. Moreover, a 3D studio that uses state-of-the-art software, powerful rendering farms and a highly skilled team of designers, can create these renderings in as little as 5 business days.


Images depicting the interior and exterior of the restaurant help architects and designers show all the functional features of the establishment as well as its aesthetics and atmosphere. With architectural 3D renderings, you can easily transfer the benefits of even the most complex design decisions and get their approval.

Retail Space

3D renderings help showcase retail space design and even show it in action – with merchandise on shelves, customers walking down the aisle and sales associates greeting them. Architects love 3D retail design because it can portray an elegant look, an attractive storefront, a unique atmosphere, etc.

By using 3D rendering, architects can more easily communicate with their clients and thanks to that, if necessary, make the necessary corrections at an early stage of their projects.