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Chaos acquires AXYZ design

Chaos has just announced its acquisition of AXYZ design, and its anima software, featuring realistic animated 4D people and crowd scenes.


Chaos has just announced its acquisition of AXYZ design, together with its legendary anima software. This brings anima’s realistic animated 4D people and crowd scenes into sophisticated architectural visualizations.

Realistic animated people

Featuring over 2,500 scanned characters, anima helps designers add high-fidelity digital humans that walk, run, laugh, and move to their scenes. This gives projects a realistic quality that immerses viewers in a design. With onboard tools for tailoring loops and AI crowds, it brings realistic human movement into a visual project.

Frame greb from demo reel. Image: AXYZ.

Street scene, a screen grab from anima demo reel. Image by @wearenarrativ.

Chaos CEO, Christian Lang explains:


“AXYZ’s state-of-the-art assets give life to projects, so they actually connect with people. Anyone that’s been in architecture for a while knows how impactful digital humans are to the design and marketing process. 4D people is the next step in our journey.”


Architecture and design firms such as Gensler and HOK use AXYZ design anima 5 software. It is one of the quickest ways to add dynamic 3D/4D people to a visualization.


Chaos and AXYZ design were collaborating even before this acquisition. This acquisition expands a growing ecosystem of real-time visualization tools, photorealistic renderers, and 3D asset libraries.

Increasing the range of digital people has been a top customer request, particularly in architectural visualizations. As a result of its acquisition of anima, Chaos can meet the needs of its customers, while creating new ways to make high-fidelity 3D/4D human character assets more accessible than ever.

Consequently, Chaos is currently working out how to integrate anima software with existing products such as Chaos V-Ray and Chaos Corona, whose users already use anima on a daily basis.

In recent years, architects have tried to create biophilic urbanism, effectively trying to put city dwellers in closer touch with nature. They have also introduced new ways to explore sustainability and diversity. Thus giving stakeholders a sense of how different people might use the buildings and spaces that architects design.

Street scene, aerial view- another screen grab from demo reel. Image: AXYZ. 

Street scene, aerial view, another screen grab from demo reel. Image by @wearenarrativ.

In the last few years, AXYZ design has also paid special attention to increasing character diversity, so architects can match designs to the demographics of a city.

“When it comes to visualization, the Chaos products are unmatched,” CEO and founder of AXYZ design, Diego Gadler added. “By combining forces, we can move fast and create the type of products that make designers excited to go to work. The best is yet to come!”


Access to anima will remain unchanged for all new and existing customers. Meanwhile, Chaos will continue collaborating with AXYZ design, as it continues to build on its recent support of anima characters in Chaos Vantage 2.

To see a video show reel of AXYZ design anima 5 in action, please click here.

About Chaos

Chaos develops 3D visualization technology for architecture, engineering, construction, and media, as well as entertainment, product design, and manufacturing. Its software creates intuitive and powerful workflows for designers of all types. In 2022, Chaos merged with Enscape and acquired Cylindo.

Chaos is now one of the world’s largest global 3D visualization companies, with more than 700 employees. Its head office is in Karlsruhe, Germany, with offices around the globe. Please click here for more information.

About AXYZ design

AXYZ design is an Italian company that specializes in creating high-quality 3D models of people and characters for use in a variety of industries, including architecture, gaming and animation. AXYZ design has an extensive library of 3D models, used by design professionals all over the world. For more information please click here.


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