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The role of 3D movie rendering in architectural stair design

In the world of high-end architectural stairs, client expectations are continually on the rise with respect to the quality and finesse in documentation
Traditionally, reputable stair contractors have always submitted 'workshop drawings', that fully detail the product they have contracted to supply. This serves the important purpose of ensuring that there is agreement on all the details the stair company has agreed to provide for a quoted figure.

New technology in 3D design has broadened the horizons of what can be technically provided to clients to help them visualise what is being supplied. This is particularly important in 'design and construct' contracts, where a clear concept of the design of the architectural feature is yet to be determined.

By combining a fully detailed 3D model with movie rendering capabilities, Arden has set new standards in the documentation we can provide to clients to help them visualise their new installation. In particular, 3D fly-throughs and walk-throughs enable clients to visualise exactly what it will feel like to experience their stair as they interact with it in virtual space.

What's next for information technology in stairs and balustrade? The next step would be to create a virtual 3D environment that clients can enter with an avatar, and discuss proposed designs with consultants as they walk around them in a virtual space. Sounds cool...


A walk-through of a industrial steel stair created by Arden for client visualisation.


A walk-through of a refined zig-zag mono-stringer design, designed to help clients imagine this product in their home.

Published on: 06-Sep-2010. Topic/s: 3D design technology