360 Rendering HOW? Tips and Tricks on How to Optimize Digital Tools for Next-Level Design Efficiency in 2021

360 Rendering HOW? Tips and Tricks on How to Optimize Digital Tools for Next-Level Design Efficiency in 2021

Last Updated on December 25, 2020 by Chandler Bing

Project owners, on top of looking for some ‘good’ or ‘stylish’ designs, are at the same time searching for someone who shows his/her seriousness, someone who understands the limitations (E.g. limited budget, tight schedule, branding purpose, limited space but complicated functionalities), but joyfully accepts the challenges.  One of the most common reasons for failing a bid is that, limitation in presenting and delivering their design exists. With the usage of VR interior design and home renovation is steadily increasing, many architects and interior designers are using 3Ds Max to make 360 panorama images. This effective use of the modern tool can help eliminate limitations on design presentation.

//This blog is updated in 2021//

As usage of VR in interior design and home renovation is steadily increasing, many architects, and interior designers are using 3Ds Max to make 360 panorama images.

All project owners using archiparti believe in the value of design and are looking for value-added surprises. They tend to value clear presentation of your core design ideas/concepts/style/identity instead of a simple functional solution. So be prepared to spend great efforts to sell a touching story –  we assure you it genuinely works REALLY well. Project owners love a little hand sketch that could illustrate your or their thoughts effectively. Good layout plans are really important to help visualize details and spatial qualities; however, still has its limitations. It might not be delivered in a clear manner or it may simply take too much time to sketch the details. Throughout the years VR has become a big business in architecture and Interior design industries, as the uses are countless, ranging from an architect who is planning on building a house to a college student wondering if a desk will fit into his corner to an architect who is designing large lobbies of hotels. It also allows project owners and designers to gather information and work together; the communication between project owners and designers is crucial in cooperating on a project. After all, a presentation shouldn’t be a one-way communication – you want the project owners to fully understand everything. As a solution, the most realistic way of exploring the completed design is virtual reality. Through this virtual platform, project owners will be able to walk through the interior, make decisions on the colors of furniture, patterns of tile, and add suggestions on the details. It is a great source that allows people to express their ideas through a tangible visual material. It may be difficult to imagine the full picture with traditional methods like floor plans and separated pieces, but the VR allows no error in the imagination of the interior design. It also makes sure you get the full details in terms of color and placements of walls and furnitures. Due to the many benefits of virtual platform, it will soon become an industry standard.

In order to enable the walk-in and interactive experience with the completed model, it should be rendered in 360 panorama, and then launched to VR platforms, such as easypano and Mewme. Sketchup is the most common program for architects to build the model. To begin with, the Sketchup model has to be exported to 3Ds Max, for it to be rendered to a panorama image. These programs not only aid in the 3D designing process, but also play an important role in executing presentation to the Project Owners. 

To aid the communication between project owner and designer, archiparti supports VR platform called DIY 360 VR. It allows project owners to preview the finished model before it is actually constructed. If changes are needed to be made, they can do so in the VR platform before starting the building process. In this way, the project owners and designers can easily work together without having to spend minor costs and time. In addition, the result can be more accurate to deliver exactly what the designer and Project Owners visualised. It is a more effective way to get results by enhancing communication and easing changes. 

Here are images of some previous archiparti projects from DIY 360 VR.

VR in Interior Design and Architecture

VR has became a big business in architecture and Interior design industries, as the uses are countless. Presently, a number of Interior Architects are opting it as one of an integral part of their home renovation & interior designing. Why would they not? It is effective and efficient to use. It not only shows a closer vision to reality of the future design but it also In every home renovation or construction project, first of all there is a Project Owner and a designer/architect. Do remember to ask many questions if something is unclear, so you can project their ideas and vision as accurately as possible. Project owners select designers based on the information provided, especially for the online international environment! So don’t hesitate to tell more about your ideas on their projects too, write as many text as you can in order to make sure the project owner understands what you are going to propose. Virtual reality makes it easy to drastically change up ideas when it is not right! Since it is super time saving, it can change or add design materials such as furniture placements quickly. Making the final product of the design closer to the visions and ideas of the Project Owner.

VR can be helpful to tailor for the design of the owner’s situation, background or need. So their feels this is a special gift of special meaning to them. It can be the favourite colour, a secret between space users, some spatial idea generated from the brand logo, a secret room for certain belief function, individualized unique design with style instead of a general good design is always what we believed to be the best design. Therefore, while collaborating on a project, the communication between those two people is really very important.

In summation, the most realistic way of viewing the completed house model is virtual reality. Previous needs of clarification through reference images with clear indications to the layout plan crucial to help visualize details and spatial qualities are no longer an issue with the use of virtual reality. With virtual reality, it makes it easy for both designers and Project Owners to deliver their ideas. The platform allows Project Owners and designers gather information and work together. As a result through this virtual house, Project Owners will be able to :

  • walk through the interior of the space
  • change up placement of furniture
  • adjust the size of furniture
  • play with the design and color to see what fits
  • make decisions on the colors of furniture
  • patterns of tile
  • can also add suggestions on the details

Due to the so many benefits of virtual platform, it will soon become industry standard.

Workflow: From Sketchup to Panorama Image

In order to enable the walk-in and interactive experience with the completed model, a designer should render the 3D model as 360 panorama images. This helps online visual of the design possible. Then they have to launch them to VR platforms. Sketchup is the most common program for the architects to build the model. To begin with, the Sketchup model has to be exported to 3Ds Max, so it can be rendered to a panorama image. It is not a complicated process to render 360 panorama images. Once you know how to do these steps you can successfully transform your Sketchup to Panaromama imagines. Please play the tutorial above for the detailed steps of rendering 360 panorama image. To watch the video in Youtube please click here.

Below are some of the examples of how you can use 360 panorama in the sequence of project.

Whether it is 360 view or VR video, this technology is getting very popular in archiparti platform as a tool to communicate with Project Owners all over the world. We find that it diminishes confusion in presentation and delivery.


There are so many benefits in using virtual reality in architectural design. The benefits of the new technology keeps improving to cater to the needs of designers and clients themselves. Benefits to virtual reality are why soon every design will make effective use of this technology.

  • Intuitively estimate the size of the construction site
  • Time effective in changing designs
  • Test out all stages without cost and time factor
  • Reduce the construction errors
  • Better communications between Project Owner and Designer

Future Possibilities

The future possibilities are endless. The technology is becoming widespread and an essential tool in architectural design. It transforms communication by traditional means to a more advanced and effective measure. There are much more advanced to expect, and with technology, it can be possible. Future possibilities of virtual reality are limitless.

  • very effective and convincing/communication tool for the clients
  • revolutionize how architects work and think
  • reduce time spent on adapting to new ideas
  • near future – interactive experience with 3D
      • opening doors
      • turning lights on
      • moving furniture around
      • testing different designs

Well, there are quite enough for you to absorb. Try Virtual Reality out and good luck on your next project! Be noted that archiparti is much more than just a project owner-matching platform. We’re here to help every designer to focus on the creative part and insist on your unique, individual style while still being able to find the project owners who appreciate your creativity. So together we celebrate a diversified and interesting physical world full of surprises. Archiparti will glad to assist you on your projects, learn more about how we work? To get a professional assistance on your project you can contact us & get a free quote.

Topics: VR architecture,360 degree images, 360 panorama,  Home renovation VR interior design, Designer tipsProject owner tips

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