Winter Office | 3D Architecture Speed Model | Sketchup and Lumion 8

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With the cooler months rolling in we thought it would be the perfect time to share this architecture speed model of a cozy winter office. In this tutorial, we’ll be showing you how we completed this model from James Nicholson Architectural Design. If you watch the video, you will notice pieces of the office slowly coming together in Lumion. This is because we linked Sketchup to Lumion, so any changes we made in Sketchup automatically appeared in Lumion. Keep reading to see how we brought this 3D rendering to life!

Steps to Rendering Architecture Speed Model

Create the landscape. Once we imported our Sketchup model, we added some depth to the landscape by adding slopes and hills. Then, we used the nature library to add patches of grass and a forest of trees in the background.

add hills to architecture speed model

You can use the sliders at the bottom of the screen to randomize the direction and number of trees.

place trees in architecture speed model

Add Materials. After the basic shape of the office is modeled, we began adding materials. We used the material library to add materials to the exterior and interior of the office. You can customize each material using the sliders.

add materials to architecture speed model

Add Lighting. Now that the shell of the building is finished, we added some recessed lighting to the exterior. After adjusting the material we copy and pasted the light fixture to create a symmetrical layout.

Add Furniture. Next, we used the indoor library to add furniture to the model. If you click on the object, you can customize the “object properties.” Use the sliders to adjust the color and brightness of the material. We added all of our furniture in Lumion, but you can also add furniture to your Sketchup model using the 3D Warehouse.

add furniture to architecture speed model

Accessorize. No architecture speed model is complete without some entourage! After adding the major pieces of furniture, we used the indoor library to add accessories like books, desk supplies, and storage. We also added conference tables and some chairs.

Exterior Elements. Once the interior was complete, we added the finishing touches to the exterior. We modeled the awnings and doors in Sketchup and customized the materials in Lumion.

add exterior elements to architecture speed model

Final Scene. When all of the elements were finished, we used the camera tool to capture the final scene. We adjusted the lighting and shadows and even added some falling snow!

final architecture speed model

What do you think of the finished product? What other architecture speed models would you like to see us create? Let us know in the comments below! If you want to see even more examples, visit our tutorials page or check out some of our previous work below:

Moon House | Sketchup Speed Model

Saki House | Sketchup Speed Model Lumion 9 Render

Futuristic Sketchup Interior Design | Sketchup Speed Model Lumion 9 Render

We hope this article gave you some insight on how we created our architecture speed model! If you want a more in-depth tutorial, take a look at this one. Be sure to check back soon for more tips and tutorials!

Happy Hacking!


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  18. Tony August 30, 2017 at 7:07 am #

    In the NCARB ARE 5.0 handbook they reference Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods in both of their example questions for cost estimating. Unfortunately there isn’t a specific chapter on cost estimating, it’s woven throughout the content.

  19. Spencer August 30, 2017 at 1:15 am #

    What is the best reference for cost estimating for PDD.

  20. Amy July 26, 2017 at 3:24 pm #

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  21. Tony June 29, 2017 at 7:23 am #

    Deciduous trees should only be used for shade (especially in temperate climates). Deciduous trees lose their leaves in the fall and will have little protection against wind in the winter when it is most needed. Likewise, the leafless trees allow solar heat gain in the winter when it is desired, and shade in the summer.

    Coniferous trees are only to be used to block wind and views. Since they don’t lose their needles, they work great for these two items year-round.

  22. Shahid Logan June 28, 2017 at 4:50 pm #

    Hello. My name is Shahid. This comment is for anyone who would like to reply. On the Siteplanning test. To block the wind, can you use a Deciduous tree or must you use a Coniferous tree?

  23. Mike January 4, 2017 at 11:04 am #

    Hi Tony,

    I need to take 5.0 PPD & PDD. Do you plan on posting notes such as “Caroline’s Notes” that you had posted for the various 4.0 exams for either of those sections? I found those notes to be some of the best resources in studying for the 4.0 sections. If so any idea when? Thanks

  24. Stephen October 17, 2016 at 9:30 pm #

    Hi Tony,
    Any updates on the SS exam ? If there’s an expected release date ? Thanks

  25. DesignerHacks October 4, 2016 at 12:11 pm #


    We are releasing practice exams for the SS exam later this fall.


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    Will you have SS questions on here at some point?

  27. Daniel September 9, 2016 at 8:47 am #

    Great post, very helpful with the lists of suggested materials, I just passed CDs in July and am taking PPP in November so I definitely needed the list.

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