3D Architecture

The new frontier in design and documentation

Architectural design has traditionally been performed with a pencil and sheets of paper. Most designs still start this way, but when the sketches need to start taking a more definitive shape they need to go to CAD (Computer Aided Design). CAD allows precise details and easy alterations. But typical CAD is lacking in it's presentation abilities.

We pioneered 3D architecture, CAD and models when CAD was in it's infancy and now many architects and designers use 3D architecture extensively. Still, not all have embraced this technique and this is mainly due to a lack of understanding by the older architects who cant see the obvious advantages or don't have the fresher graduates that have been trained extensively in the technique.

It is now possible to design, present and document an entire building of any size or shape in complete 3D. Clients get a better visual representation of their design, the plans are more accurate and many construction issues are resolved early by the model as though is was in real life.

Pioneers of 3D Architecture

People knew Steve Bell as a designer, mainly in the luxury housing field. What many people don’t  know is that over the years Steve has dropped out of design and moved into the 3D field. It was a natural progression  considering that he was creating virtual models of his designs and creating  animations of them before most people even knew the technology existed. ArchiCAD served him then and it still does today.

“So many people ask  if ArchiCAD is an overkill for what we do. They all seem to think that  buildings and rendering should be done in something like Studio Max, or that  for just structural 3D we should drop back to something like AutoCAD. What  they don’t understand is that the same toolset and workflow that we used for  architectural design and documentation is also the most advanced modelling  system for architecture available”

Steve’s company, Archiform 3D,  models all structural forms and hard landscaping in ArchiCAD and uses an  in-house developed advanced set of parametric objects to accelerate the  process not just from the beginning but through any architectural  revisions.

“It’s not just the speed boost that we get when we start a job. We know for a  fact that there will be revisions as our clients are often designing right up  to the actual hand over date. This is where we get one of the largest boosts  in speed – the ease in making changes. The parametric abilities and pure  object orientated workflow means we are capable of fast alterations that  reflect perfectly in the 3D architectural model. It allows us to do something that few of  our competitors can, which is building a scene rather than just one  view”

Archiform 3D promotes scene building extensively through it’s  website, offering significantly more views and animations per scene due to the  nature of it’s production process. ArchiCAD lies at the heart of this  workflow, with Archiform 3D using it exclusively.

“ArchiCAD understands  what a building is, always has, always will. When people ask us whether we are  spending money on an overkill they should just look at what we do and then ask  whether we could afford to not have ArchiCAD”

Steve's leanings towards ArchiCAD are obvious and it forms a strong background.

3D architecture and simulation is no longer the way of the future, it is the way of now. Now it is only a matter of extending what data can be extracted from virtual models.

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