Rhino for Landscape Design

Rhino’s 3D modeling tools combined with Grasshopper’s parametric tools and landscape-specific plugins provide a complete software solution for landscape design.

Rhino and Grasshopper in the AEC

Starting from a simple sketch, you can create complex 3D projects with terrains imported from the web, site-specific vegetation, and parametric objects that can be presented with realistic images and walkthrough animations. Generate 2D documentation to take to a construction site and make your terrains, plants and other objects be recognized as BIM objects in Autodesk Revit® thanks to the Rhino.Inside Revit integration.

Who Uses Rhino?

Rhino’s modeling tools are used by landscape architects, urban planners, town council technicians, constructors, green space designers, and many other professionals. Explore some of their projects.

Australian Park

Australian Park by Paisajismo Digital.

Landscape Tools

Rhino’s NURBS geometry, subdivision geometry (SubD), point clouds, and polygon meshes offer a perfect balance between precision and freedom. Work with accurate layouts containing roads, sidewalks, buildings and combine them with your own free and natural features.

Rhino reads and writes files from most applications and has become an optimal companion and asset for preliminary design, planning, project development, and fabrication.

Rhino and Grasshopper in the AEC

Canopy Park by Maxime Greffet.

“What stands out the most is undoubtedly the possibility of converting these complex geometries that we integrate into our landscaping projects into 100% manufacturable design elements. I also highlight the ability to develop with Rhino + Lands Design the complete landscape design process: preliminary project, project and execution…” - Rosana Almuzara, Paisajismo Digital

Convert Linework into 3D

Rhino can import different types of file formats. And since the release of Rhino 7, you can easily copy/paste between Rhino and Illustrator®, Inkscape™, and Affinity Designer® (Windows only). Once your layout or sketch is on Rhino’s viewports:

  • Start designing using the 2D drafting tools.
  • Create surfaces using the surface tools.
  • Organize your project using the layers panel.
  • Use our different display modes or create your own.
  • Insert specific plants and add 3D models from food4rhino.

Rhino and Lands Design

Terrain Tools

Load large point clouds, create terrain contours, elevation curves, sections, create holes, and a lot more. Rhino has robust support for plugins such as Lands Design, RhinoTerrain and Land Kit that include extra tools for:

MaxIV Laboratory Landscape

MAX IV Laboratory Landscape in Sweden.
Architects: Snøhetta.


Rhino provides you with tools to generate 2D drawings from horizontal and vertical views that are updated when making changes to your 3D model.

Produce Amazing Presentations

Good presentations are critical to most design projects. Rhino is a great tool for creating illustrations and also photorealistic renderings.

Boundary Lands

Landscape Architects: Paisajismo Digital.

Inspection and Analysis

Rhino includes Grasshopper, a graphical algorithm editor that doesn’t require programming or scripting knowledge. Grasshopper provides the foundation for many third-party components to perform detailed analysis.

Grasshopper Lands

More Resources

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Backyard and pool in Arizona, USA.
Lands Design and Twinmotion.

Learn Rhino for Landscape Design

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