Nathaniel from C* Architecture & Interiors was preparing a community design for Bahia Principe’s new development in La Caña, Dominican Republic. This is a huge master plan for the locals, and the designing area Nathaniel in charge was a small community facing Caribbean Sea.
Designing area as highlighted.
Located in the U.S., C* Architecture & Interiors is a luxury, high-end design firm specializing in custom residential, boutique commercial and estate & land planning. AIMIR has a long partnership with C* Architecture & Interiors. However, this is our first overseas project.
Nathaniel briefly introduced the concept and design of the project. The concept for this development involves the mix of tightly-knit residences situated around multiple courtyard spaces, completely encompassed by a privacy wall, to create a private community.
And the architecture is inspired by famous coastal architecture such as Alys Beach, Mediterranean cities, and traditional-American, residential design, the building architecture of this concept creates a unique but familiar setting for new residents along this beach-side development.
Concept sketches for elevations.
Preparation for 3D Rendering & Animation Production
In order to demonstrate this beautiful community to the public for both marketing and fundraising purposes, five renderings from various angles and a 60-second fly-through are needed. After kick-off meeting, we decided to start production for the renderings and animation at the same time.
5 camera angles marked in the site plan.
As for the 3D animation, Nathaniel specially mentioned they didn’t have any particular camera path in mind. Thus, we thanked him for his trust and decided to create a short animation draft for confirmation first.
Briefing form prepared by AIMIR
The model we’ve received was a complete one, which was an excellent start. After fine-tuning the model, we’ve confirmed it with Nathaniel as below:
For texture and materials, we’ve received a large number of references, to indicate different part of the building.
One page from the material board.
One of the projects AIMIR created for C* Architecture & Interiors earlier this year was mentioned as mood and quality references for this project.
A 4-story luxury house in Montgomery, Alabama
The five rendering views are marked in the site plan as Street View, Pool View, Courtyard View, Motor Court View, and Aerial View. In the checklist prepared by AIMIR, Nathaniel mentioned the mood for each view. Since everything’s ready. Production start!
Comments received during production.
Because we’ve work together for over 6 years, the process was incredibly smooth and simple. Just after the model and camera angles were confirmed, and other requirements were clear, our 3D artists directly created rendered and post-produced images for Nathaniel.
Please enjoy the final renderings for this community design:
This fly-through is going to be a crucial tool for fundraising and marketing. To start creating an animation, a clear camera path is needed. To be honest, it was not an easy task to make the animation for this community.
Camera Path Revision
In the beginning, Nathaniel provided the camera path in mind. Plus, he addressed they needed 30 to 40 seconds duration. Our 3D animation artists made a draft based on this camera path. However, the result turned to be very disappointing. Due to the long camera path, there were so many things to show, the animation was extreme rush.
Camera path Nathaniel provided.
Therefore, we studies the project again and suggested another camera path. At the same time, we recommended to have a longer animation duration in order to show all aspects they’d like to show.
Both teams was trying to make it happen. As a result, the animation was determined to have 60 seconds. Among this minute, 10 seconds were free of charge. Considering our long partnership, we made this decision to show C* Architecture & Interiors AIMIR’s suggestion was a smarter choice.
A Sudden Design Change
Thus, based on the Revit model that Nathaniel had sent, our 3D animators refined the details of the model for a better demonstration.
Once the model is ready, our 3D artists started to work on the texture and materials. The fly-through will go into a lot of corners that the 3D renderings never go. As a result, we’ve sent through the key frames for review.
What we didn’t expect was that Nathaniel told us the model had to be adjusted. Although we’ve finished refining the model, we still need to wait for the new model. This is not rare in ArchViz process, because modification is sort of the nature of design.
At last, Nathaniel shared the final model with us in 6 days, and the animation was then quickly completed!
This community is an open space and a small component of this huge development. Therefore, our 3D specialists added a few final touches to improve color balance and overall atmosphere. From shining lagoons with crystalline waters and white sand beaches, to venture to every corner of the community and discover its charisma and splendor, please click the linked below to enjoy this 3D fly-through on Vimeo!
We really enjoyed working on this community project. This task was so creative, beautiful and our lovely client – highly professional, such a sheer pleasure to work with, just like countless projects we’ve collaborated in the past 6 years.
3D renderings and animations are the ideal tool to promote architecture and design. No matter you need them for marketing, reporting, presentation, or fundraising, there is nothing like a creative image or animation to show off your exciting idea!
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