Realtime Architectural Visualization with Unity3D

[UPDATE: We have now published an eBook about Architectural Visualization with Unity3D (including a chapter about Oculus Rift) that can be purchased HERE.]

I’ve been swamped these past few weeks with a variety of projects in Unity3D, Second Life, and OpenSim – (with some open houses and beta releases just around the corner!) – and have published a few updates on my  freelance site HERE, but I haven’t had the time to write many blog posts lately.  I’ve got quite a bit to write about in the months ahead – but in the meantime, I wanted to share this list I’ve been compiling of videos, demos and links from within the Unity community that really showcase the potential for Unity3D game development engine for realtime architectural illustration.

I’ll be posting some tutorials and scripts soon that will help get you started, but in the meantime – these videos and links speak for themselves. If you know of any additional archviz work done on Unity, please link them in comments!

To get started with Unity, download it for free on their website: http://unity3d.com/


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Real Time Architecture Visualization unity3d: “This video demonstrate the functionality of the (free) Unity3D trial version.”

and even a behind the scenes look at this build:


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interactive architecture Techdemo (KOLMICH Creations):

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Architectural Visualization demo  by Mixed Dimensions:

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Check out the photorealism, light, shade and shadow in this game built with Unity 3D – uploaded by artefato23:

Games Unity 3d from artefato23 on Vimeo.

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Unity 3D RPG Prototype:

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Unity 3d Bootcamp Demo (Unity 3)

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Unity 3 My Virtual Office Demo Beta Version 0.1

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Unity 3 Feature: Lightmapping

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A unique way of visualizing a design – Sablon’s Church (Brussels) in interactive 3D white model by DS Improve:

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Chapel on the Water

Chapel on the Water (part2) from Denis Crucifix on Vimeo.

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Examples of using CityEngine and Unity: “Unlike other game engines, Unity supports a number of input formats, allowing for direct integration with the CityEngine with the following features: Direct model export to Unity via Autodesk FBX including textures – thus, generate’n'play your environment with a few clicks only.”

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Some projects loaded by Hector78

This one takes a while to load – but well worth the wait: http://www.tetravol.com/citilab/

Villa Mare – very impressive: http://www.tetravol.com/tetravol/clients/villamare/

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Several projects linked by Glenn Gunhouse (et al), at Georgia State University:

A plaza where you can access lots of other architecture-related Unity builds.  Unique way of managing ‘hyperlinks’ between builds..http://www.medievalist.net/unityworlds/portalplaza.htm

Virtual Roman Basilica (just one of the many linked in the plaza): http://www.medievalist.net/unityworlds/basilica.htm

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http://www2.gsu.edu/~artwgg/atmos.htm

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Here are several builds from Neodrop:

Guess Jeans – Set Design and Walkthrough: http://web.mac.com/hayesdavies/Portfolio/GuessBuild1.html

iHome.. phenomenal use of Unity for visualization: http://www.ihome.pl/oferty/wizualizacja/162

Several by Afterglow studios, shared by BetaRayBill: http://www.afterglowstudios.com/interactive/archviz.html

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A few amazing builds by the guru of archviz in Unity3D – Dave Buchofer:

http://www.buchhofer.com/upload/files/labs/drexel/

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I need to brush up on my French to read this – but its a very impressive demo of an urban scene.  Just imagine using Unity to help a community visualize its built environment, and understand new proposals and mater plans:  http://dsimprove.be/fr/immo3d/demo

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Casa do Mestre Vitalino – Master Vitalino’s house: http://www.casadomestrevitalino.com.br/casa/

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This list is from ‘RoyS’ via the Unity forums:

Jovia http://forum.unity3d.com/viewtopic.p…e+architecture
Superflat http://forum.unity3d.com/viewtopic.p…e+architecture
Piazza http://forum.unity3d.com/viewtopic.p…e+architecture
Residential Walkaround http://forum.unity3d.com/viewtopic.p…e+architecture
Architectural Flat http://forum.unity3d.com/viewtopic.p…e+architecture
Pool http://forum.unity3d.com/viewtopic.p…e+architecture
Penthouse Suite http://forum.unity3d.com/viewtopic.p…e+architecture
Apartment http://forum.unity3d.com/viewtopic.p…e+architecture
Architecture http://forum.unity3d.com/viewtopic.p…e+architecture

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Thanks to Unity Magic for sharing this one: http://www.unitymagic.com/shop/en/assets/unity-urban-environment.html

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Thanks to Alex (in comments) for posting this: http://atomfreakstudios.com/demo.html

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Thanks to Alejandro Gonzalez for these… some incredible lightmapping on these: http://lab.brainz.co/fractalreality/

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Scott Mitting  just shared this demo via LinkedIn – thanks!  http://www.gsdsoftware.com/3dvirtual-streetcorner.php

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