Grade II Listed Building Extension

These are some sketchy perspective images I put together for a planning application submission on a Grade II listed building extension in South Devon. Originally there was an old lean-to garage/workshop and adjoining conservatory space connecting the the main house. To inject new life into the extension we proposed to use the thick wrapping, retaining wall to the back of the existing extension and to create a sleek living/lobby/kitchen unit with contemporary corrugated iron roof planes to both project back over the wall and to create rear high level lighting for the main rooms.

The basic 3D model for this has influenced the design greatly, in playing with the relationship between extension and original house, as well as seeing how the spaces could be stepped. I thought it would be quite nice to use the model to create these sketchy perspective views of the proposal. Made using Rhinoceros 3D and Photoshop+Wacom tablet/pen.

Site Plan: Tavistock Road

Sometimes after going through the rigmarole of submitting hyper-detailed building regulations drawings on AutoCAD, it’s nice to take the drawing back to its roots and add a little colour to inject some life into the project – this was some work done today in Adobe Illustrator for marketing purposes. The site plan sets out the houses on Tavistock Road I created a visualisation for in an earlier post on this site (block C).

Trees from Dosch birds eye view trees, with a watercolour filter applied in Adobe Photoshop, all other textures created using layer styles and washed-out pastel colours.

Tavistock Road Marketing Siteplan, coloured

Vray – The Making of ‘Tavistock Road’

A Rendering / Modelling Tutorial for Rhino + Vray

Some recent work done for Rogers and Jones Architects for a local developer – these buildings are actually being built on site currently, but the company required some marketing images to help sell the scheme. For those interested, I’ve included a short tutorial below on how I went about rendering this scene.

General Modeling view, taken from Rhinoceros
Row of houses in-situ, being modelled
Closeup of guttering being modelled

For the blocks, I imported the CAD drawing over to Rhinoceros 3D and used the information to build up the unit types. I even modelled the cedral effect cladding used on site. Thanks to the NURBs modelling, curved shapes like the half-round guttering were a doddle to manipulate. I used sample XFrog trees to help fill in the site’s foliage – they import quite nicely into Rhino. (Although many others say that it’s faster to export to 3DS Max before rendering, I don’t have that luxury available to me and the Vray plugin for Rhino seems to work just fine.)

Nothing too out of the ordinary here – loosely based on the “Making of Griehallen” render settings posted to Ronen Beckerman’s site a few weeks ago. Simply used a medium/high quality Irradiance Map and Light Cache at a resolution of 4000px wide. Importantly, I used Peter Guthries’ HDRI skies to light the environment with a cloudy/sunny day setting.

The fun stuff – Photoshop post processing

Here’s where I tend to really enjoy adding a little flare to my renders, so lots of blur/dodge/burning to the image done, and also adding entourage (from Gobotree) for a sense of dynamism in the scene. Admittedly, I’m still not 100% happy with the people placed in this scene, since the lighting in the photographs must have differed to the rendering, but I feel it’s always important to give the rendering a sense of scale. Also, I tend to find that exporting the alpha and material IDs with the Vray render makes things a lot easier – for instance you can use the materials to select the whole road at once and then apply it as a mask to a texture, rather than manually selecting the area.