7 Time-Saving and Free Architecture Software Tools

Professional architecture software requires serious investment, and students, small design bureaus and self-employed architects not always can afford it. For this occasion, we’ve collected a list of free architecture software that will be a great alternative to expensive 3D design, CAD and modeling software tools.

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1. Dynamo BIM

Dynamo is an open-source software tool, so it’s completely free. It can be used as a standalone tool or in combination with other software. Dynamo is easily extensible through a library of packages, Python scripting, and direct .dll import.

2. My Virtual Home

The app is simple and suits best for beginners and people who are not proficient in visual design. It’s easy to learn (getting the basics takes about 10 minutes) and allows to create a full design in an hour or less. The tool also provides an accurate lighting model, where you can set up your latitude, longitude and season, and enjoy realistic lighting effects.

3. SmartDraw

The app is available both in the cloud and in downloadable packages. To streamline work process, it can be integrated with different tools that you use in your daily work. The app allows to export drawings and plans in different formats to print them out or use in the next steps of your workflow.

4. Archimedes

Archimedes is a cross-platform solution available for Windows, Linux and MacOS. To run on these operating systems, it only requires a Java Virtual Machine installed. And this also means that any drawings and plans created in the software are easily recoverable and can be used on different OS.

5. Sweet Home 3D

The software supports import of external 3D models from other sources, and allows to export plans and drawings created in it into various formats for printout and processing. Being an open-source tool, it is completely free and highly configurable.


BRL-CAD includes a large set of tools, utilities, and applications for 3D modeling and design. It is designed to be extensively cross-platform and supports basically all common operating systems.

7. actiTIME


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Originally published at www.actitime.com.

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