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From busy streets to elegant retreats: how Lumion breathes life into renders

Updated: Mar 19, 2021

An untidy bed on a sunny morning. A lively sidewalk in a big city. Discover how Lumion helps architects place their designs in the context of real life.

Lazy sunny morning, rendered in Lumion by Gui Felix (project by Marcio Kogan of MK27).

There is an entire life within every scene. It’s the way the leaves of a tree move with the wind or the pair of boots at the end of a long trail of muddy footprints. It’s the energy of a busy public building with its never-ending flow of interesting and unique people, and it’s the feeling of a warm and cozy evening indoors while heavy rains batter the windows.

Lumion places architectural design into this nuanced context of living, from vegetation to texture, from lighting to people. It takes a technical-looking design and transports it to a real-life situation, a moment in time with all of its flaws, chaos and unpredictability. A reality that’s vivid, energetic and full of emotion.

In this blog post, you’ll discover a few examples of Lumion renders that beautifully depict what it means for a 3D rendering to look ‘alive.’ We’ll also look under the hood of a few renders from Lumion users and take a closer look at the specific details that fill a render with life.


Capturing life in architectural renders

Most of us know someone who is full of life. Someone who is vivacious and spontaneous, and always a joy to be around with their energetic personalities.

Spaces can be full of life too. They capture the spark where human activity confronts the built environment, demonstrating the unique flavor of your design and how it was meant to be experienced. So when sharing the experience of the spaces you’ve designed, don’t you want the life in them to shine through?

That feeling of a lived-in space, the signs of invisible lif