• Kiran Nair

Learn to love rendering again

Lumion is satisfying to work with and it produces results that delight the client. It allows for moments of comfort and joy to seep into the process, making rendering feel like a luxury during those busier days at the office.


Think back to those early, pleasurable experiences you had as an architect, an intern, a student, or even just a connoisseur of beautiful designs. What emotions did you feel? Were you perhaps filled with wonder and excitement at the thought of one day becoming an architect?


Maybe it was the time you were overwhelmed with delight upon entering a building by your favorite architect. Maybe it was the friendship you made with a colleague during an otherwise intense internship at the big firm. Perhaps it was simply the late nights talking design concepts with friends, or the hours spent at your drawing table, sketching your passion project from an abstract thought to a fully-fledged design.



Or maybe it was the pure joy of flicking the lights on and off at the growing ire of your parents!


Rendering with Lumion can feel like a reminder of all the wonderful things that led you to become an architect in the first place.



“Hanging by a Thread” rendered in Lumion by Jeremias Dabbah. Student winner of Architizer’s One Rendering Challenge 2021.


With its intuitive and self-motivating workspace that removes the barrier of stress, Lumion helps you reconnect with the inherent pleasures in your craft. Thousands of objects and materials in the content library — not to mention the dozens of delightful yet practical photo and video effects — provide a rare opportunity to let loose, let go, and let your creative juices flow.



Let’s take a closer look at a few of the ways that Lumion can tap into your architectural passions and help you look at rendering from a new and exciting perspective.

CAD & Lumion work together in harmony


Among the older, more traditional architectural rendering practices, lofty feelings like ‘stress’ and ‘calm’ weren’t really part of the equation. Complex software interfaces with hundreds of buttons used to be badges of honor for software packages, and ‘user experience’ was never ‘architect experience.’



Lumion is designed to work in concert with your CAD program. The entire process becomes intuitive, guiding you as you import your model, build a detail-rich scene around it and render a beautiful result. Right from the start screen (pictured below), you can check your computer’s hardware, create a new project from one of nine templates, explore Lumion workflows with one of nine example scenes, or load your work-in-progress.



After starting a new project or loading a current project, Lumion only shows the most relevant buttons when you need them, reducing clutter and giving you more space on your computer screen to comfortably view your project and its surrounding context.


Model provided by Van Manen.


In the lower-left corner of Lumion’s Build Mode, you can access all of the project-building tools, including Lumion’s large content library of objects and materials, as well as the range of landscape sculpting tools, weather options, and more. So imagine you want to add a few trees in front of your residential home design? By looking at the interface above, you can probably guess where to find them.


Want a different color for the exterior walls? Try different RAL color options and choose a color that’ll add a sheen of panache to your building design.


Honoring Barragán, rendered in Lumion by Juan Cruz Victoria (@victoria_arquitectura).


Did you use the wrong trees in the background? Select all the trees you want to change and replace them with one click.


Model provided by Pixel-Head Studio.


Need to update your 3D model in Lumion? Turn on LiveSync or re-import the model to instantly update it.



There’s a lot more to the Lumion rendering experience than what’s immediately visible on the surface, and for good reason. Rendering should be an enjoyable experience, with software that recognizes your visualization needs and provides a straightforward, direct path to making it happen.

Let the creative juices flow with thousands of objects and materials


Much like a blank piece of paper, Lumion offers the opportunity to create without limits. To express without barriers. And let the creative juices flow.


“Organic balance,” rendered in Lumion by Suraj Karki (@_yesk).


By freeing you from the constraints of complex interfaces and clunky workflows, Lumion acts like a canvas for you to capture not only the aesthetics of your architectural design but also the mood, style, atmosphere, and emotion of the design in its future setting, symbiotically connecting it to the surrounding environment.


To help you capture the content of your imagination in all its rich detail, Lumion features over 6,200 objects in its object library, over 1,200 materials, and dozens of landscaping tools and other effects — all available from Lumion’s visually comfortable interface.



With the landscape tools, for instance, you can shape the low rolling hills of the distant horizon or sculpt the jagged peaks towering over your design for an exclusive mountain resort.



Lumion provides a place where you can experiment or even play.


You can change the environmental lighting and add a Real Sky to create a sunset straight out of a poem.



Rendering with Lumion as a stress-free experience

You can create the ocean for your island paradise with the click of a button. Change the style of the rocks; modify the color of the dirt; make the grass look as comfortable as a bed of clouds, sprinkled with flowers and bees and life.


You can easily create a dense forest…


Cabin in the forest, rendered in Lumion by D.Wulf


Or a river that spawns ecosystems and economies…



Or a quiet park in a large city, the perfect place to meet with friends…