Rendering or Real: Can You Spot the Computer Generated Rooms?

Rendering or Real: Can You Spot the Computer Generated Rooms?

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Nancy Mitchell
Nov 25, 2014
(Image credit: Peter Guthrie)

Computer rendering technology has come a long, long way. In ye olde days, architects and designers depended on hand drawing and colored pencils to communicate their ideas to clients, but now it's possible to create nearly photorealistic renderings of spaces that don't even exist yet. I know I've been surprised, while putting together roundups of beautiful rooms for Apartment Therapy, to discover that some of those spaces exist only inside a designer's imagination (and a computer file). So I've put together a little quiz. Can you spot which of these rooms are computer renderings — and which are the real thing?

Ready? Grab a piece of paper and a pencil (I know, so old-school) and jot down your answers — there will be an answer key at the bottom. Oh, and obviously don't click on the image credit links until you're done, unless you want the answer given away.

1. The dramatic A-frame pictured above — rendering or real?

(Image credit: Gabriele D'Angelo)

2. This sunny kitchen — rendering or real?

(Image credit: Ando Studio)

3. Is this luxurious bathroom a computer rendering? Or a real space?

(Image credit: INT2 Architecturev)

4. This rustic-modern kitchen — rendering or real?

(Image credit: Andrea Bertaccini)

5. This indoor/outdoor pool grotto is too good to be true — or is it?

(Image credit: Cgarchitect)

6. Is this shiny kitchen island from real life? Or a rendering?

(Image credit: Dezeen)

7. This Scandinavian modern living room — rendering or real?

(Image credit: The D Pages)

8. Is this luxurious bathroom real life? Or just a fantasy?

(Image credit: Raya Todorova)

9. This marble kitchen with touches of copper — real? Or rendering?

(Image credit: Dezeen)

10. This hype-cool cafe — rendering or real?

Ready to see how you did? Scroll down for the answer key...

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Answer: They're all renderings. Every single one of these spaces is computer generated. Pretty amazing, no? You can click the links below the individual images to see more of each artist's work.

Tell us — were you fooled?

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