Situated on the tip of the South west, Cornwall is well renowned within England for its beautiful sandy beaches, rugged coastline and surf culture. Within Architectural design, Cornwall is also known as the home of many of the UK’s most interesting architectural feats, from residential homes to commercial properties.

Perhaps one of the most famous Cornish landmarks is the Eden project, its 2 Biome buildings bringing in more than a million visitors a year. Edens lead architect, Nicholas Grimshaw, based his design upon the geodesic system, conscious of the ever changing foundation his creation would be built upon, Grimshaw based his ‘lean to’ biomes on soap bubbles – their ability to adapt to any surface they land on sparking a new design idea.

This concept of adaptability is crucial within Architecture, as clients visions change, budgets change size and priorities switch over – these changes can be costly, particularly when building work has begun and contracts have been started. The increase in CGI imagery and VR and animations within the profession does much to decrease the likelihood of costly design changes later down the line as it enables the architect to present their ideas to the client in a away that is tangible and real. As Cornwall based Architects Marraum state on their website “Incorporating VR into the design process means we’re able to remove any uncertainties from your build.”.


This inclusion of 3D visualisations within Architectural proposals is also often used to help secure planning permission, particularly in areas of outstanding natural beauty and within UK national parks. Archilime recently completed a Paragraph 55 package of visualisations aimed at helping the client to gain planning permission. Our CGI imagery enabled the client to show off the exceptional and innovative design features of the property, garnering the properties inclusion within the act and therefore securing planning.

Particularly useful when gaining planning permission are photo-montage visualisations. By merging a photo-realistic image of your design, with a true photograph, one is able to show a new building within the context of its surroundings. This presentation skill can be extremely useful in aiding the success of planning permission, particularly when the project is based upon a site of contention or special interest.


By learning the skills for CGI work, an architect firm or individual can ensure that they stand out from the crowd and are able to offer every skill possible in turning their clients dream into a reality.