Realism and Depth
One of the biggest benefits of 3D visualizations is their ability to provide a realistic representation of a space or object. However, this realism is undermined if the surrounding vegetation is unrealistic or too simplistic. Detailed trees, shrubs and grass add depth and layers to an image, making the end result more convincing.
Atmosphere and Emotion
Vegetation plays a key role in conveying emotions and atmosphere. A sun-drenched lawn or a gently swaying tree can evoke a sense of calm and peace, while overgrown shrubs or bare trees can convey a more desolate or somber atmosphere.
Scale and Orientation
Trees and other vegetation also help provide scale and orientation to a scene. They can be used to emphasize the size of a building or to create a sense of distance and depth in a landscape.
Modern architecture and urban planning increasingly emphasize sustainability and ecology. Detailed 3D vegetation can help to emphasize the ecological and sustainable features of a project, such as green roofs, vertical gardens or nature reserves.
Variety and Uniqueness
Each project is unique and the vegetation should reflect this. Using a variety of detailed plants and trees, each visualization can be tailored to reflect the specific location, climate and design concept.
While the primary structures and objects in a 3D visualization are undoubtedly important, the importance of detailed 3D vegetation cannot be underestimated. They enrich the composition, add emotional layers and contribute to a holistic, convincing presentation. If you’re aiming for top quality in your 3D visualizations, make sure your vegetation is as detailed and well thought out as any other element in your scene.
Joel Feyaerts is an architect and co-founder of visualization studio Blacksquid. This column previously appeared on Blacksquid’s LinkedIn page.