Keeping Architectural 3D Simple



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Photo by Schønherr

'Nordhavnsvej', Municipality of Copenhagen






Photo by Schønherr



Illustration by Schønherr



Illustration by Schønherr


As part of the increasingly widespread use of 3D models in landscape architecture, Danish landscape architects Schønherr have developed a 3D model for trees, which combines traditional disciplines with the new 3D technologies.

For a long time, urban design and landscape architecture has been a 2-dimensional discipline – just like it was for building architecture and engineering a few decades ago. Workplans for projects are usually shown from a top-down view, and buildings, parks, roads, etc. are all illustrated by the use of colours and lines. Albeit the need for 2D work is still present, and always will be, 3D models and renderings are being seen more often in the industry than ever before.


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“Today we see our industry increasingly moving towards the use of 3D more frequently than ever before. And this has created a visual challenge. A simple example is trees. In a 2D universe, we show trees as a circle, but in 3D this isn’t enough. 3D gives us the opportunity to show the true potential of the design, but this isn’t without its own issues,” says Frank Hasling Pedersen, architect at Schønherr.

Three-Dimensional Issues
The issue is that 3D opens up a world of endless possibilities, and while in most cases, this is a good thing, in some cases, such as the case with trees, it’s simply too much. Heavily detailed trees give heavy 3D models and affect the loading times, which essentially means time, indeed essential man-hours wasted, on waiting.

To comply with this new paradigm, Schønherr has developed The Tree Solution, which deals with slow loading times, by keeping it simple. This solution represents a variable 3D model of a tree, which can be customised to give an abstract, yet clear impression of the trees used in a project.

“Having any kind of tree, in any shape, ready in an instant, could save hours. It can be small trees, big trees: the trees are ready on demand, you customise them, and by keeping the looks simple, the loading times of the worksheet is low,” says Frank Hasling Pedersen.

Stepping Down to Two Dimensions
In addition to keeping the workload operating at the best efficiency, The Tree Solution also makes sure that the data is correct when also seen on 2D drawings. Here, the traditional circle in the 2D plan gets assigned the correct prefix, according to and complying with the list of plants to use in the project.

If you would like to contact or read more about Schønherr and The Tree Solution, please visit their company profile here

Schønherr have made an introduction video about The Tree Library on LinkedIn – You can watch that here (Opens in a new window)

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