Rendering made simple
Rendering with Lumion brings a refreshing simplicity to the task
Mies van der Rohe coined the household phrase, “Less is more.”
Leonardo da Vinci was behind the mantra, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
And Frank Lloyd Wright famously said, “Simplicity and repose are the qualities that measure the true value of any work of art.”
Lumion architectural rendering software follows this same principle. Simplicity rules.
Software should help you and not stand in your way. By adding simplicity and speed to the rendering equation, Lumion helps architects create with ease and clarity. In this article, we’ll open up the hood and take a closer look at Lumion’s philosophy of speed and ease and how they permeate throughout the software, allowing you to bring your designs to life in a way that’s efficient, effortless and elegant.
Practice render of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, rendered in Lumion by Fahmi Aliyudin Khairi.
The idea at the heart of Lumion
Have you ever visited a modern art museum and, looking at a minimalist, single-color painting worth millions of dollars, wondered, ‘Why didn’t I make that’? ‘It looks so…easy.’ Or, the best one of all… ‘I could do better.’
Most architects and designers understand that complexity is easy and simplicity is hard. It takes the pinnacle of excellence to arrive at the clean, minimal lines of a Mies van der Rohe building. Attempting to simplify forms like Tadao Ando, which capture the complexity and richness of the world, can easily demand a decade of dedication to craft.
The front-end only looks simple because the back end is complex.
Yutaka House, rendered by Gui Felix. Project by Roberto Yutaka (@studioie.arq)
Over the past decade, Lumion has eliminated the idea that ‘rendering is difficult.’ Creating beautiful images and animations is now effortless, and there is a minimized and uncomplicated flow to every action you take within the software, a sort of logic and intuition that feels easy.
But behind the scenes, Lumion has been revolutionizing the concept of architectural rendering since 2010.
Opening the door to new possibilities in architectural rendering. Image by Ark Visuals from their project ‘Scorpia.’
Complete, not complex
As a complete 3D rendering solution, Lumion comes with a wealth of content and time-saving tools. Discover some of the features in Lumion that take minimal effort to use, making the entire process simple and intuitive.
Foliage for materials
Through simplicity, rendering is a living, breathing experience
Lumion has set a new standard for accessibility and usability in architectural rendering, changing the conversation of what’s possible when rendering becomes an enjoyable part of the design process. Because Lumion renders images, animations and 360 panoramas in record times, there are endless possibilities for you to include any type of rendering in your architectural communications, at any point in time, without breaking a sweat.
No matter if you’re an architect in the jungle, communicating with locals using only your renders, or a designer with a disability, sparking a career in visualization, Lumion gives you the power to master high-end rendering without wasting a minute of your time.
The best way to understand how Lumion’s simplicity fuels creativity is to try it for yourself. Even if you don’t have a model, you’ll find templates and example scenes in the software that will help get you started.