In recent years the continuing development of 3D rendering software has begun to take the art of producing architectural renderings closer to the "holy grail" of this discipline…. the photographic 3D rendering.

The project chosen to test out our new software's capabilities was a concept still in development for a new residence in Queenstown.

The backgrounds in each image are the only elements that are real. Everything else within the images including the trees and bushes are 3D models.

The 3D objects that make up the pergola are actually perfectly square but look to have deep grooves in them. Obviously modelling grooves in the beams would be impractical and very difficult so the software uses a texture or image to define the geometric detail of a surface by raising or dropping the 3D surface.   The same technique is used in the grass and the stone in these images.