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3D Office Design: Changing Your Workspace Perspective

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In order to get the most out of your office fit out, it’s best to look at all of the available office design perspectives. That’s why here at Rap we offer 2D CAD and 3D office design before development is underway, so you, the client get a better idea of the final office refurbishment.
But how does it work?


What is CAD? 

CAD (Computer Aided Design) is a software that helps architects, engineers, and other construction professionals design schematics for three-dimensional objects. It was first developed in the professional field in the 1970’s as a way to lower costs and time associated with the design and testing phases of product development.

Although 2D design can help from an architectural stand point, 3D visualisations allow you to see the workspace idea in a completely different light. What you may not notice in your current 2D design you may in 3D and that may alter your choices with other details such as: office furniture, fabric finishes, office decoration, flooring solutions, lighting, etc.

It represents the real product and gives you a more in- depth feel on the layout of your office space.


But what’s the difference between 2D & 3D Design?

The main difference between 2D and 3D is that 2D is flat and only has two dimensions unlike 3D design which allows for depth and rotation, the same works for 2D CAD and 3D visualisations.

2D CAD focuses on the floor plan of the office interior, while 3D office design offers a different perspective including aerial views and walkthroughs that can assist clients in picturing the design in further detail. While 2D is more about presenting the overall office space plan, 3D office design covers the details that are almost a complete replication of the final product such as wallcoverings and other office design solutions.


Why use an Interior Design Company?

The reason is simple, we are experienced.

Designing an office space is different to planning the layout of your own home, however businesses feel that with this knowledge it means they have the know how to carry out an office fit out  – this is not true.
Did you know there are many rules and regulations when it comes to designing an office including office height, fire exits, walkthrough measurements between desks and seating, and other office space planning requirements.
As a business owner you may not be aware of these and that’s why it’s important to get an interior designer involved as they will space plan your office environment to current CDM regulations.

Through both our 2D and 3D visualisations we can create the optimal office layout to boost your office productivity and overall improve your working environment.


Our Senior Designer Scott Howard (who has been in the architectural field since 1997 and is qualified by the Royal Institute for British Architects), tells us why he prefers to use CAD 3D design. He says ‘We prefer CAD 3D design because it gives us a better perspective of the space in which we have to design. This allows us to overcome any issues or problems in the early stages of the design. This also allows us to specify materials and textures in which we would like to promote to the client.

He then continues by saying with all that said the final 3D model is such a useful tool to allow the client to: understand, visualise and buy into the Rap creative vision.

Design Director, Julie Anderson explains further on why we use 3D visualisation:  ‘3D visualisation provides clients with computer generated images so they can see the project and make informed decisions before any work has been agreed. Fabrics and finishes as well as colour themes also show the finished product.

I know this gives clients complete peace of mind and it forms the handshake agreement we enter into and all are sure of the desired outcome.

She then goes on to talk about our walkthroughs with clients when presenting 3D CAD designs. ‘We have invested heavily in “real life “software at Rap Interiors, and can even show clients a “walkthrough” of the areas, this is like creating a video and as a client walks through their potential office space we can show them different visual aspects. This kind of clarity allows us all to ensure space is maximised but not overcrowded. Creating open plan offices is a very current requirement for many clients as whilst we can design and build any type of office workspace having versatility to segregate small “chat” areas or business meetings that arent too formal is a very on trend need for most businesses.

Clients have been amazed by how much the 3D visualisations look like the complete project. But don’t just take our word for it, check out our previous projects and what our clients have to say on the subject.

‘We thought we had the plan for our school until we met Rap. They showed us ideas we hadn’t even considered and now we are so excited as their ideas made the space much more versatile, something we needed but couldn’t see how to achieve it. We are looking forward to the project starting. They are a great, friendly bunch to work with and patient beyond belief’
School project Birmingham.


This saved the client money on school fit out and refurbishment choices that they would’ve potentially changed later on in development. That’s what we pride ourselves in: cost effective office designs.

So to recap 3D office design can do the following for you:

  • Give a different perspective on what we will deliver so you’re certain that everything is to your liking.
  • Forward planning
  • Removes elements of doubt
  • Eliminates mistakes of office layouts
  • Saves you money

Overall using both 2D and 3D office design methods we can help you get a visual idea of what your office refurbishment will look like whilst being cost effective. Once you are happy with the final product we can provide you a quote for your office refurbishment.

But we don’t just cover office design, we also cover care home and school design with offices in: London, Brighton and Kent. Contact us today to find out more 0333 600 1234

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