BIM software developer Graphisoft has introduced an AI-powered image generation tool for its Archicad system.
The company’s Archicad AI Visualiser is powered by Stable Diffusion. The software enables the creation of 3D visualisations during the early design stage of a project, with a “simple” user interface Graphisoft says has been optimised for architecture and interior design.
Zsolt Kerecsen, vice president of software success at Graphisoft, said:“Our Adaptive Hybrid Framework approach lets us quickly and effectively integrate innovative technologies like the AI Visualizer into our tech stack.
“This is just the first example of how we can integrate it into new capabilities inside our software. With many new projects underway, Graphisoft customers can expect to leverage additional AI-enabled solutions to do what they do best – design great buildings.”
The AI Visualiser is integrated into Archicad, the company says, so no additional purchase is necessary. Users create a simple concept model in Archicad. Then, using text prompts or a few descriptive words, like ‘a modern office with wood surfaces,’ generate any number of refined design variations — without creating detailed models for each.
The tool produces design alternatives in the early design phase by adding details, context, and ideas to the original concept.
Intellectual property rights are “fully protected”, Graphisoft adds, thanks to the local storage of source images on users’ computers. Users can specify image sizes, vary the number of iterations to speed up image generation, edit the prompt strength for more precise results, and much more.
Márton Kiss, vice president of product success at Graphisoft, said:“The buzz around AI breakthroughs has shaken up the tech industry as a whole, with the promise of enabling increased creativity.
“We want this tool to be tested in the real world by real users where they need it most – early in the design process when exploring designs and communicating with clients.”
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