• Kiran Nair

Craft your vision of landscape architecture with new features in Lumion 11

Instantly connect your design to nature, create animations with people walking or the wind blowing through the trees, and express your unique vision for the design.


While landscape architecture covers a diverse range of project subject areas, from city parks and residential neighborhoods to university and corporate campuses and other built environments, projects within this field generally have one thing in common — they are all teeming with life.



The model provided by Beehive & King Crab.


Perhaps it’s the way the wind rustles the leaves in the botanical gardens you’ve designed, or how the mood of your project changes depending on the weather, the season, or even the time of day. Landscape architecture is dynamic; it’s alive.



So when it comes to visualizing your landscape architecture projects, Lumion 11 can help quickly bring them to life. Lumion easily fits within any practice or firm size, creating a uniquely satisfying workflow and making it easy to create beautiful renders, from the very first design ideation stages to the final presentation.



Including new OpenStreetMap satellite maps (Pro only), fine-detail nature models (Pro only), improved grass lighting, a metallic car shader (Pro only), and more, Lumion 11 guides the design and rendering process and lets you craft your vision of the project, down to the very last detail.

Get the complete overview of Lumion 11


First time using Lumion? No worries! Lumion is specially designed to ease the rendering process, turning it into an activity that emboldens your craft and inspires your vision for the final result. The video below gives you a complete overview of Lumion 11, highlighting a few of the powerful new features ideal for landscape rendering.



The best part is that Lumion 11 turns to render into a simple, enjoyable experience. You will feel uplifted as you render your landscape models with picture-perfect scenery, spellbinding displays of environmental lighting, and 3D and landscape grass materials that ignite all the senses.


Lumion’s simple, intuitive interface saves you time as you master the basics and start rendering in less than 15 minutes, and the wealth of video tutorials and our extensive Knowledge Base provide the support you need to push your projects to new heights.

New feature: OSM satellite maps (Pro only)


Render an entire real-life city. The elevations of its terrain. And all the minor details that make up the landscape around it.



The OpenStreetMaps feature takes another leap forward in Lumion 11 Pro to include beautifully detailed satellite maps. With the new OSM satellite maps, the real-world terrain, rivers, farmland, and more are all available, from all over the world, in just a click as you download the OpenStreetMap for your building location.

New feature: Improved grass lighting


You take off your shoes and almost feel the wet grass between your bare toes, the individual blades tickling the bottoms of your feet. In Lumion 11, the improved grass lighting technology helps connect your building design to the earth where it stands, turning the visual thrill of your renderings into a sensory one.

Without any effort required from you, all the grass materials, including the customizable 3D grass and the landscape grass, look as if they’re softer and more representative of real-life landscapes.


New feature: Metallic car shader (Pro only)


With the new metallic car shader in Lumion 11 Pro, the cars in your renders take on an impressive realistic quality, making them barely distinguishable from the real thing.


Every element, every light throughout your render, reflects off the car’s chassis and windows, instantly and organically integrating the car into the project’s surroundings.

New fine-detail nature models (Some Pro only)


Rendering life into your project means more than showing the elements of the design and surrounding context. It means revealing a residential neighborhood design in a wild forest of ginkgo balboas or Canadian poplars. It means communicating a public space’s potential when planted with mulberry or maidenhair trees.


When you need to go beyond photorealism and ignite the emotion in your designs, the Lumion 11 content library makes it easy to craft the unique environment of the project’s real-life setting.


Hillside accommodations by Beehive and King Crab | Lumion Rendering


The model provided by Beehive & King Crab.


Lumion 11 Pro includes 27 new fine-detail nature plants and 34 fine-detail nature trees, including highly realistic ferns, maples, pines, orchids, and many others. You can also find 65 new weed varieties, with clovers, dandelions, nettles, and broadleaf plantains.



In total, the Lumion 11 Pro content library contains 6,224 models, including thousands of nature items that range from conifers and palms to flowers, plants, grasses, leafless trees, pieces of forest wood, and more. The content library also includes animated and static 3D men, women, children, and pets, as well as outdoor furniture, cars and transport models, lighting objects, volumetric fire, and other models to easily build urban and rural contexts.


Keep in mind that Lumion contains about one-third of the total library content, while Lumion Pro contains the full library. The numbers quoted are for Lumion Pro.

Real-time rendering with LiveSync


Lumion LiveSync lets you feel the beauty and life of your landscape architecture projects while you’re working in your CAD or 3D modeling software. With just a click of the button, you can create a seamless, real-time rendering connection between the leading CAD programs and Lumion, including SketchUp, Revit, ArchiCAD, Rhino, Vectorworks, AutoCAD, and, now in Lumion 11, BricsCAD.



With the help of LiveSync for your landscape or urban projects, it’s possible to get a feeling of your work-in-progress model immersed in materials that feel real, cast with photorealistic lighting and lifelike shadows, and conveyed in a realistic setting.

High-quality Viewer and Theater preview


Get even closer to the final look and feel of your rendering with the updated high-quality preview effect.



In Lumion 11, you can now apply the high-quality preview in the Lumion Theater Mode (activated when you press F11 to toggle between Build Mode and Theater Mode) and the Lumion Viewer, letting you see a high-quality version of your rendering before you actually hit the render button.

Enjoy a more satisfying workflow when rendering with Lumion 11


With the right tools, architectural rendering can feel like a part of the design process, an activity that emboldens your craft and inspires your vision for the final result.


Whether you design parks, gardens, residential areas, or other public places, Lumion breathes life into landscape rendering, making the process simple and enjoyable from the moment you import your model until you render out a beautiful image, video, or 360 panoramas.



You can render the serenity of a building in the wild. Render a New York minute with all of its movement and hustle. Render lazy Sunday mornings, render rainy afternoons. Render the pale light of winter or the heavy heat of summer. Render a change of your mind, render at every scale.