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Learn How to create the Best Apartment Building 3D Rendering

Updated: Apr 19, 2021


What is an Apartment Building 3d Rendering?

A residential use building, or the residential use component of a mixed-use building, rather than a townhouse or stacked townhouse containing four or more housing units, is referred to as an apartment building.

Are you thinking of using Apartment 3D Rendering for your projects? As detailed by RENDER3DSTATION, here are the steps to construct such a scenario.

Between what is true and what is imagined, there is often a very slight difference. This is also the case with 3D Rendering Visualization, as scenes can now come to life and be replicated in extremely realistic ways. The fundamentals of 3D creation remain the same whether creating an animation, a model for a website, or video games... We'll walk you through the steps to create an Apartment 3D Rendering scene.

Our 3D experts use powerful tools to create objects and textures to build these creations.

Prior to beginning Apartment 3d Rendering, we first develop a storyboard to define project guidelines and illustrate the overall environment of the visual that will be produced.

Who needs an Apartment Building 3d rendering?

In RENDER3DSTATION, I can claim that we've worked with three different types of clients so far:

  • Architectural firms

Firms that lack an in-house rendering department. Most of the projects specially large projects requires a 3d perspective rendering specially an apartment projects. This usually is being asked by the city or municipality as part of the schematic design drawing. Architectural firms also benefits from this because a 2d elevation is hard to visualize without any depth and shadows, while in 3d Rendering Visualization, it shows the right color depth and shadows. From there you could easily see the improvements you need to apply to your design.

  • 3D Rendering Company or businesses.

Hiring freelancers from developed countries allows those businesses to benefit from the price differences for similar services in different countries. The consequence is however it would be prone errors as certain country had a specific material or certain details that applies to them and some 3d Artist would not be familiar to it.

  • Real-estate Marketing

There's no denying that 3D architectural renderings can help make Real estate marketing more efficient. With rapid advancements in 3D technology, an increasing number of real estate developers are incorporating it into their architectural visualization. Consider how incorporating Apartment 3D renderings into your real estate marketing strategy will help you in the long run.

Here in Vancouver Canada, one big way to sell your Apartment project is by making a really good visuals and one is the 3d Rendering by showing the photo realistic images of the exterior of the building and interior units and some make an animation as well as an addition to their marketing items. It surely would be easier for the marketing to sell a product with a good images on it, from there the image would speak for them.

Steps to make an Apartment Building 3d Rendering.

1. Start from Plan

A 2d plan was originally a photographic print in white on a blue backdrop, or blue on a white background, mainly used for architect's plans, maps, and mechanical schemes.

Make sure to have the right resources before starting your 3d Model as this will make your workflow much more faster by just snapping your lines to the 2d model. Its much easier than making a model from scratch or from a paper and going back and forth looking for the right measurements and its prone to errors. So make sure when coordinating with clients is to ask for the 2d drawings before starting then you could easily import it to your 3d software.

Apartment Building 2d drawings you need:

  • Floor Plan

  • Elevations

  • Sections (Not required)

  • Landscape drawing (if provided)

2. Make the Apartment Building 3D Model

There are things to consider when making an apartment 3d model. Once you have the plan, that is the time to import it on your 3d software and make your first polygons. There are also techniques to make your workflow much faster and one of those are making sure that crating a certain block or entities it would be helpful to put it in a group on a block on its own, that way everything is properly group. Grouping your models will make it easier to maneuver and edit a certain spot or remove and add details. It will also be easier for you to apply texture or materials as everything is in group and organized.

The point is Organizing your Apartment 3d Model properly will make things easier for you in the long run, with the bunch of comments from clients, it would be a big help to easily remove or change things in your Apartment 3d Model. One example is by putting a certain unit into a group with windows and doors and textures are already applied and just paste it on a certain elevation of the building where it is also applied, then it would be easier changing or editing it.

Things to consider in your Apartment Building 3D Model:

  • Start from building the walls better with thickness

  • Make all the windows and doors with depth.

  • Show all the details - trimmings

  • Show proper environment objects like sidewalks, road, landscapes.

3. Apply the Texture

Some 3d Software already has its own built in texture materials and some you have to look for a proper material to use in the internet to apply to your apartment 3d model. Thing that is important when choosing a texture is the tiling of materials and the resolution. Tiling of materials usually will make your 3d model an obvious non real image. Make sure when searching for an image is to properly get a seamless texture that way it wont show any tiling or break. The resolution of the image texture plays a big role as well as you think it already looks good on the 3d model but in final rendering it will show some blurring.

Things to consider when setting up textures:

Bump and displacement mapping:

Exact replication of real-world materials in terms of color and physical feel.

This technique, like the one above, uses an image texture to achieve a specific color or photo realistic effect, but it can also use image textures that influence other aspects of the model like surface height, reflection, roughness, and so on.

In animation, for example, a bump map is used to inform the computer rendering engine about how the object should communicate with the light. This usually produces a component that appears to be very realistic from a distance, but when examined closely at an acute angle, the model geometry is flat.

We can take advantage of this bump map in 3D printing by converting it to a displacement map that changes the surface geometry of the part, resulting in a part that closely resembles the original, not only in appearance but also in topography. The bump map's simulation of these features is translated into their real surface form by displacement. Displacement can be used by 3D printers to mimic complex materials and finishes such as leather, wood, and stone.

Here are websites for your free material assets:

4. Setup the Rendering Program

You can adjust the size (resolution) and ratio of your render in the “Dimensions” section. You can choose from a variety of presets or customize it yourself. To get a Full HD image, set the Pixel size to 1920x1080 and the Aspect ratio to 16:9. For portrait images, the aspect ratio will be 4:3 and so on. Simple to comprehend.

Make sure to look at and learn what your 3d rendering tabs has and make use of it.

Things to Consider in your 3d Render Settings:


In an apartment 3d rendering normally if its use in a presentation, a daylight is what the lighting was use to properly show the exact color of the exterior walls. Sometimes a small amount of lighting on the interior helps as well as this makes your building alive.


Resolution has an options if you want to render in preview mode first then choose the a small image size then it wont take a lot of your time editing. A final Rendered Apartment normally is at 4k size, it is good for presentation and printing as well.


Make sure your shadow does not overwhelm your 3d rendered image as sometimes it makes your image darker due to your shadow settings. But make sure you have the right amount and proper sun location.


Sun brightness and location should be properly set as well, as the sun light on your wall normally will burn your image texture if it is too bright. So make sure to play with the sun brightness and exposure.

Other Rendering features:

Some rendering programs had features your can like bloom, sun rays, and color correction. Vibrancy also plays a big role as some 3d rendering image is too boring with too much saturation. So look at all this settings and play with it and try to look the color that suites your Apartment model. Depth of field also will give an added art to your image but normally being use in Architectural 3d animation.

How to make your Apartment 3d rendering faster:

Normally an Apartment 3d rendering project is a big project and will take a lot of you computers resources. Unlike a house 3d model, and apartment 3d rendering will take a lot of your memory specially when working with landscapes and putting some trees and environmental exterior stuff.

Here are top things you need to look for faster rendering:

RAM should be upgraded.

To begin, think about upgrading your RAM.

Random access memory (RAM) on your PC is a fast type of memory that is used to temporarily store information that your program requires right now or in the near future. Consider it a holding cell or decompression chamber for the data in your applications. You won't be able to make stuff at a high speed if your RAM isn't large enough, or if it has slowed over time. Fortunately, replacing your RAM is a straightforward procedure.

Make an investment in better apps.

It's also possible that the software you're using is the source of the problem. Some 3D modelling and design software has inherent inefficiencies that cause it to make things slowly. Experiment with various apps to see if they all have the same delays; if they do, your computer is the source of the problem.

Play around with your rendering options.

You probably have a lot of custom settings in your 3D rendering software, most of which you've never touched. Changing a few of these settings may often be enough to speed up the rendering process. You might, for example, reduce pre-comps, which enable your pixel data to move through several compositions before being rendered to your hard drive. You can also smooth things out by trimming some layers or switching to a different codec.

Any other programs should be closed.

Close any other program you have open. It's an easy move, but it's one that many designers overlook. Each software you have open on your computer uses some of your computer's resources, reducing your 3D rendering capability. Consider doing a complete shutdown and restart of your system while you're at it.

Pick your effects carefully.

Custom effects, which can add superior textures or make the design more realistic, are part of the magic of 3D design and rendering. These effects, on the other hand, will hog your computer's resources and slow things down if you're trying to optimize for pace. Consider the time cost as well as the visual benefits when choosing which effects to use.

3D programs & Animation software that has low requirement:

Blender is excellent and runs well on low-end PCs; on higher-end PCs, Cycles now provides incredible GPU rendering; however we suggest a couple of other excellent but lesser-known choices.

Due to its fully procedural workflow, SideFX Houdini is a VFX tool that pretty much dominates them all in terms of sheer depth of functionality. While it is not "free," there is a free Apprentice license that is mostly fully functional and can be used for personal (non-commercial) projects.

DaVinci Resolve is a free video editing program that also includes excellent software for 3D animation and 2D/3D motion graphics. HitFilm Pro is also fantastic, and while it's typically pricey, it's actually included in a Humble Package with some VFX assets and Adobe Premiere/After Effects software for a ridiculously low price.

OpenToonz is Studio Ghibli's in-house CG tool that was open-sourced a few years ago. It's mostly marketed as a 2D animation tool, but it can also be used to layer picture planes in 3D space, similar to the Ub Iwerks multiplane camera that was used in early Disney films to produce parallax motion and other effects. It is, of course, free. It can be daunting at first, but it is extremely strong.

5. Post -Processing

The post-processing stage is the final stage of a scene made. This is when the artist tweaks the final render with post-production tools to bring out even more details. A colour treatment is normally applied to the render, and some artists go so far as to apply effects and picture filters to make the scene more appealing. To make the 3D model look as realistic as possible, lighting is also needed at this stage. Indeed, well-placed lighting has the ability to enhance the realism of a scene. To achieve the desired result, post-processing a 3D model takes time and requires a lot of focus.

It's time to frame the scene once it's over! The latter must be carefully considered because it will have an effect on the environment we build for our visual. We can zoom in on every detail and adjust angles as needed with the aid of our 3D modelling software in order to find the ideal point of view.

Why do you need an Apartment Building 3d Rendering?

Better visualization

In 3D Instead of relying on your imagination to determine if the window size would be small on your unit or Building color is not what you want, Apartment 3D rendering allows you to digitally walk around your building before authorizing any specifications or designs. Do you want to see the bay windows on the living room wall? It's no problem. Do you want to take a look out the window? Please take a seat. Have you changed your mind and no longer want windows? Just wait a moment.

It is faster

3D modelling is a quick and easy way to participate in all aspects of the design process. You'll be better able to make educated decisions on a design that's right for you if architects actually design for you, the client, and offer other, different, or better choices.

Traditional 2D floor plans and elevations can be difficult to comprehend.

Many people can get a general idea from a floor plan but struggle to visualize the finished product. It would be easier for you to understand how your concept would function if you can see and experience it in 3D. The more you know about your design's look and sound, the more confident you'll be in making decisions.

During meetings with your architect, designs will alter and develop in real time.

Meetings are the most effective way to be involved in the design process and ensure that no details are missed.

What does a Apartment 3D modelling presentation entail? A fly-through video or multiple viewpoint views of your project may be used. The most efficient and fruitful 3D design sessions, in my experience, are held in a conference room with everyone seated around a flat-screen television, going through the project room by room. This almost always raises design issues, and modifications to the model should be made during the meeting for immediate results.

How much an Apartment Building 3d Rendering Cost?

Knowing to be wary of a low price won't help you if you don't know what a low price for what you want is. With rates ranging from $400 to $5,000 depending on what you want, determining if someone's prices are excessively inflated can be difficult.

But normally an apartment 3d rendering in Vancouver range around C$800 and up per image and that depends on the complexity of work. Some will as for lower maybe for the freelancers or new companies and some would be higher with the bigger companies.

For more 3d rendering cost FAQs visit this LINK

How long does an Apartment Building 3d Rendering take to finish?

To build the final rendering, we submit your model and materials to a rendering software. This is built at a scale that is dictated by your needs, but it is usually 4000px wide and 72dpi.

After the image is created, we use an image editor to make final color adjustments, white balancing, and other tricks.

The time it takes to create a rendering varies, but two to three weeks is a reasonable estimate. Since we recognize that each project is special, you can expect a timeline that is tailored to your exact specifications and scope.

Now here is the summary on Steps to make the Best Apartment Building 3d Rendering:

1. Start from Plan

2. Make the Apartment Building 3D Model

3. Apply the Texture

4. Setup the Rendering Program

5. Post -Processing

For more images and Apartment 3d Rendering FAQs visit our website at RENDER3DSTATION

or visit our Apartment 3d Rendering Page on this LINK

Render3dstation is a 3d Rendering service studio in Greater Vancouver, Surrey Based serving Architectural Firms, Real Estate marketing and even Interior designers giving the best quality of 3d Rendering image visualization.

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