Quick and Easy Arch Viz – Lumion

Realtime rendering has moved on a long way in recent years – a prime example is Lumion® a real-time 3D visualisation tool for architects, urban planners and designers.

Suited for creating videos, still renderings and live demonstrations with a quick turnaround Lumion provides high quality output and best of all there is a free version, the movie below provides a look at version 1.0:

In terms of cityscapes Nano 3D Virtual Studio entered the Lumion architecture visualization competition 2011, the results are impressive:


Version 2 is incoming, take a look at http://lumion3d.com/ for full details, we may be including this as part of our MRes in Advanced Spatial Analysis and Visualisation, its an interesting tie between Unity and Lumion. Thanks to Tom Vilans for sending in his thoughts on Lumion….

Author Bio

Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.


  1. Ronen Bekerman - December 1, 2011

    I use Lumion now in studio and love it very much… I think we are headed this way in any case. The way we visualize things a few months from now will be different then the way we did in the past.

    There are 3 interesting threads going on about Lumion currently…

    One is on my forums – http://ronenbkr.mn/uaRfR4
    On PushPullBar – http://ronenbkr.mn/rs8CV0
    And Sketchucation – http://ronenbkr.mn/tYdszJ

  2. Anonymous - December 12, 2011

    I believe cryengine is better because it’s really realtime and gives better results, but it’s more difficult to import from SU. It’s also very expensive for commercial use. But lumion is very good too!

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