KP* Architecture is an Oregon-based architecture company who looks for projects that use mass wood. Their vision is to develop, design and build for the future with timber’s full potential. Kevin reached us with their new project in Portland, which is a mixed-use with office and commercial spaces, looking for 3D renderings for presentation.

We love their vision of building wood structures, and were happy to help. Kevin addressed this project had a tight schedule in particular. As a 17-year architectural visualization studio, we’re confident to deliver this project on time.

Please follow us to discover the story behind this timber structure and how we deliver four images in 10 days.

 

The Spar

 

The Spar will be a breath-taking building in the city of Portland, not only because of its standout façade but also the use of mass timber. Once complete, it will stand as the tallest mass-timber building in the world.

In the 3D renderings, Kevin would like to demonstrate the uniqueness of the Spar as well as its consistency with the adjacent spaces. For the purpose of it, there would be various views to introduce this amazing structure to its viewers.

 

The Scope of the Project

 

According to Kevin, they needed four images in 10 days for reporting. The camera angles were very clear:

  • An aerial view facing downtown;
  • An aerial view facing north;
  • An eye-level view of the entry/front;
  • An eye-level view of the arcade.

View drafts composed with Google Earth to indicate the camera angles.

In addition, one of the aerial views was going to be printed on 24”x36” posters. We would pay attention to this particularly during production.

 

The References

 

In order to help our 3D artists understand the project, Kevin kindly prepared various references and materials, including:

  • The location of the new building. Because the site is an existing post office block, and the new proposal is to “break up” this massive block into smaller blocks as well as extend the existing park right up to the Spar Tower. Therefore, in the renderings, we need to pay attention to the adjacent landscape and make them natural and consistent.

Break up site into 4 x 3 grid, and the tower is located on one of them. Extend green spaces into middle blocks leading up to the tower.

  • Drone photos for photo-composition. They decided to use site photos for the surrounding context in the 3D renderings. Thus, they took two drone photos with the precise camera angle which are really helpful!

  • The model. A Revit model of the building was ready to use. To make it easier, we imported the Revit model into 3ds Max and converted it to a compatible one.

  • Material board. It greatly helped our 3D artists to understand the material and texture of the structure, because they were not completed included in the model.

 

The Process

 

The first thing we did was to refine the model and found the desired camera angles. There’re two views that needed photo-composition. These angles needed to meet the requirements from Kevin, and fit the drone photos perfectly at the same time.

Fit the model into the photos.

After confirming the views, our 3D specialists started to apply materials and textures on the model. Because we’re using photo-composition, we decided to share the drafts with Kevin’s team when finishing all four images.

For the two aerial views, our 3D artists studied the geometry of the site carefully, and adjusted the space around the adjacent blocks to be more reflective. For the other two eye-level views, applying accurate landscape and material was the key to a vivid image. After sharing the first round of rendered drafts, Kevin came back with the following comment:

  • Adjust the glass of the building to be slightly bluer. Kevin wanted the façade to reflect a blue and clear sky;
  • Make the mountain more visible;
  • Enlarge the trees on inside rows;
  • Enrich the texture of the wood to make the wood read more varied with individual board texture;

When we summarized all these comments, we immediately fixed them and Kevin’s team confirmed back right away. Here are the final images!

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It was such a pleasant experience working with Kevin’s team. They are kind, highly-efficient, and well-organized. At last, we delivered all images in 10 days. Hope to work with them in the near future!

AIMIR is a 17-year architectural visualization studio consistently delivering high-end CGI works to the world. If you’d like to talk about your exciting project, please feel free to contact us, and we’ll bring your vision to life!

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