Presenting your 3D model: the importance of materiality in the perception of space


Elements such as light, texture, geometry, and materiality have a powerful effect on the way individuals perceive a space. They are useful to visualize ideas and to further explore the properties that make up that particular space giving it its distinctive characteristics…yet often times it can be too much.


As part of a recent project to transform the way visitors experience a space, the Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion has been stripped of its materiality in order to let visitors interpret the building without its most recognizable elements. Having transformed the Pavilion into a life-sized model, the white panels detract from the free plan of the building and its fluid movement from one room to the other.

“This simple act turns the pavilion into a 1:1 scale mock-up, a representation of itself that opens the door to multiple interpretations about aspects like the value of the original, the role of the white surface as an image of modernity, and the importance of materiality in the perception of space,” said Anna and Eugeni Bach, project leads for ‘Mies Missing Materiality’.

The role of material in architectural design presentations

Materiality in architecture is a relative concept and while usually uniquely associated with a particular design, it is sometime necessary to ‘dress down’ a design to offer viewers a new point of view. A project should not be perceived in only one way – there’s a plethora of elements that affect our perception of space, materials, colors, shadows, etc., however by adding or eliminating some of them, viewers can have a fuller experience of a space (as demonstrated by the dematerialization of the Barcelona Pavilion).

Visualization styles offered by CL3VER

With CL3VER you can explore different elements of your design in different styles and explore the very key features of your model. Whether you want to show a conceptual, sketch view of your model to appreciate the volume or a photorealistic rendition, with CL3VER you can.

How to create a CL3VER presentation from 3DS Max

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