May 27, 2015

Koola Brings Photorealism to the Masses

By Brian Sharon

Unreal Engine 4 is already well established as a powerful tool for game developers, but one talented French artist is proving that we’re just beginning to test the engine’s limits. Known only as Koola, this creative mind has made it his mission to deliver hyper-realistic real-time architectural visualizations using Unreal Engine 4.

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Taking advantage of both the power and accessibility of UE4, the results of his work have wowed colleagues and has garnered attention from the international press and the Unreal team at Epic. Earlier this year Koola became the very first recipient of the inaugural Unreal Dev Grants program, a financial development fund designed to incentivize and reward innovative projects designed in Unreal Engine 4.


Koola has delivered a level of realism that has to be seen to believe. Perhaps more impressive is that UE4 has allowed the designer to achieve these incredible visuals using consumer-level hardware, reaching extraordinary render speeds, as well as a regular performance of 50 to 60 frames per second.


Pairing natural talent with the flexibility of Unreal Engine 4, Koola has created a portfolio of architectural visualizations - ArchViz for short - demos and imagery that near photorealism. As any modern artist knows, the uncanny valley is as ever-present as it is vast, yet thanks to new tools and new minds, we’ve never been closer to bridging the gap.

For more on Koola and ArchViz, head over to his forum page here.