2019 Virtual Architectural trends

As 2018 draws to a close, the architectural industry has rocked the virtual boat more than ever before. This means 2019 will see even more technological advancements in the industry and virtual architecture engulfing an increasing amount of aspiring architects. The influx of technology has given clients a new standard – making our industry one of the fastest technological adopters globally.

2019 looks to expand certain practices, which were steadily introduced to the industry over the past few years, but particular emphasis should be placed on cinematic animation, physically-based renders and motions stills. These three trends are subtly and effectively solidifying themselves in the industry and are unique selling points that companies can leverage.

Cinematic Animation

2018 has seen storytelling become more prominent in the industry, but in 2019 the need to convey a message in any animation will be a necessity. Virtual architects are rapidly growing as the world’s newest storytellers, communicating the future in a way clients can finally understand.

The rise of cinematic animation stems from the 2009 animation, “The Third and the Seventh” by Alex Roman. This was the first conceptual representation of art in architecture. Alex Roman focused on how to incorporate camera angles and rules in the classic styles of animation. Since 2009 there has been an enormous volume of interest in cinematic animation, and if predictions hold up 2019, it will be a pivotal year for cinematic animation in architectural designs.

Physically-Based Renders

Physically-based renders (PBR) is a shading model within the computer graphic realm that renders graphics accurately to model the flow of light in reality. PBR is a trend to keep an eye on in 2019 because it has shone a light on accurate simulation of photorealism and photogrammetry.

Without PBR architects have to use an image online or go on location to find the exact texture they need. PBR will eliminate problems that arise from these processes, saving time and creating new designs that incorporate the role of light and shadows effectively. Vizform is excited to utilise the benefits of PBR with our own PBR Scanner and look forward to starting 2019 with this leading architectural trend.

Motion stills

Motion stills or animated stills crept into the industry during 2018 and are adding a new, immersive edge to renders. This year companies began touching the surface with this visually-pleasing take on images.

2019 will focus on making motion stills a critical element of architectural visualisations and will play a significant role in conveying emotion. The upcoming year will see a rapid increase in incorporating emotive elements within the architectural realm, turning projects into complex stories with the aid of motion stills.

Vizform looks forward to another innovative year in the industry and incorporating the leading trends into our clients’ designs. As we continue to innovate, we invite you to experience a virtual reality like no other with us in 2019.


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