Going Into Detail of 3D Renderings for World-Class Riverside Wharf Project in Miami: Case Study

Going Into Detail of 3D Renderings for World-Class Riverside Wharf Project in Miami: Case Study

Keeping up with the rapid development in Miami, the Riverside Wharf, located on the river near downtown Miami, will be a hospitality-driven entertainment complex and is scheduled to open to the public in 2025. It will be the home of the Dream Hotel, a 165-room luxury hotel and the first one along the Miami River.

Eleazar, Design Coordinator from C* Architects, talked with us about this exciting project in the middle of 2021. C* Architects is one of AIMIR’s partners, and has been working with us since 2018. They are in charge of this huge project. A series of 3D renderings were needed for reporting to the city. AIMIR is excited to bring to fruition the dream and vision Miami has had for its waterfront entertainment district by creating the photorealistic unbuilt Riverside Wharf renderings.

This project is divided into three phases, which were in May, September and November 2021 respectively. Please follow us to discover the complete story for making of Riverside Wharf, 3D renderings for a world-class mixed-use development in Miami.




As AIMIR’s partner, Eleazar is an expert in briefing. In May 2021, he directly shared a Dropbox link consisting of:

  • Architecture CAD drawings;
  • Landscape CAD drawings;
  • Hand sketch landscape plans of the two rooftops;
  • Architectural elevation drawings.

Ground level planting plan.

Ground level hardscape & lighting plan.


Phase One: Initial Design


Because the schedule was very tight (2 views in 5 days), we started production straightaway. With the materials at hand, we created these two renderings in 5 days, to meet Eleazar’s reporting date.

From model to rendering: 5 days


Phase Two: Modified Plan


The presentation went smoothly. However, the design was changed a months later, right after the previous images were created. AIMIR has a complete system on design change during production. Please read more on here: Four Typical Scenarios Concerning Extra Charge during the Rendering Process.

Previous model vs. Modified model.

On top of the revised model, additional three views were added. That added up to 5 camera angles in total:

Before we could move to rendering stage, Eleazer emailed us saying the model needed modification again to follow the city’s requirement. The project had to be suspended. The final model would be handed to us in a month or so. This left us no choice but to wait.

A huge mixed-use development can be a challenge to any architect, and C* Architects is not the exception. As a professional architectural visualization studio, AIMIR is fully aware of the nature of design. We completely coordinate with any possible situation.


Phase Three: Final Plan


In the beginning of November, the final model was received. This time, there was not much hesitation on the model. Thus, our 3D specialists focused on adding the renderings stories. Here, you can see the carefulness, discretion and patience when dealing with details that tell the story of the image.

Some comments.

C* Architects always have ultimate requirement on details. This project is no exception. Since there were loads of information to be shared, we selected a couple of them to present AIMIR’s craftsmanship on making details perfect.


Customized Logos and Signs

Signs was not an issue in the beginning. But after the project was officially named in the third phase, the signs and logos were needed to be at the right place. Various photos and files were provided for an accurate sign modeling and placement.

Materials from Eleazar for signs.

Some final results


The Umbrellas

After the final delivery, Eleazar realized a tiny detail on the umbrellas on the ground floor. Because we used red umbrellas for all outdoor seating. In order to make the scene more vivid, Eleazar came up with the idea of updating part of the umbrellas from red to blue and white stripped.

Our 3D artists immediately built the model for this umbrella and changed them straight away.

Customized model for blue and white stripped umbrellas.

Customized model for blue and white stripped umbrellas.


The Mood for a Particular Area

Since it is a project with hotels, clubs and commercial, the mood for the images would be quite mixed. Thus, consistency of the image is crucial.

A good 3D rendering is that you can zoom in anywhere and find it telling the story of that area.

Let’s enjoy the 3D renderings for this fantastic project in Miami now.

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The Final Delivery


We are glad to hear both the team and client were satisfied with the result and the reporting went completely smoothly. The project is projected to break ground in 2022 and is scheduled to open to the public in 2025.

Miami’s tourism and hospitality industry is evolving with this waterfront destination: the Miami River. AIMIR is so proud to be part of the journey, creating these story-telling 3D renderings. Read more in these articles:

Miami’s River District Is Expanding With a New Complex — Restaurants, Rooftop Day Club, and Luxury Hotel Included | Travel + Leisure (travelandleisure.com)

Wharf Miami along Miami River will be transformed into Riverside Wharf with hotel, nightclub, eateries | Miami Herald

MV Real Estate Holdings And Driftwood Capital Announce Joint Venture On $185M Riverside Wharf Development In Downtown Miami – Florida YIMBY


How is the story of making Riverside Wharf Project? As a unique story teller, photorealistic 3D renderings surely bring your design to life. Talk with us for more information if you’re interested. Or simply contact us for consulting your next exciting project!


Architecture Design and Engineering for Blueway along the Trunk Stream of Guanlan River in Shenzhen, China


Engineering task & construction content: The Blueway along the main stream of Guanlan River starts from the East Ring 1st Road in the south and ends at the detention tank at estuary in the north, with total length 14.2km, excludes the 1.3km-long pilot section of Guanlan River which has been constructed ( Huanguan South Road -Renmin Road ). The total length of this project is 12.9km-long, the total study scope covers an area of about 792 hectares and the total rough estimate of investment is CNY 2,222,109,000.

The main construction nods contents of the core area include: Reconstruction of mid-channel oasis,transformation of Guanlan Water Treatment Plant. Besides, the Sandbank Landscape park, Guanlan Wetland Park and Longhua Water Treatment Plant, Guihua bridge-belt-form green landscape, Gulan Health and Leisure Landscape node, reconstruction of Waterfront Landscape in Gonghe residential area, Longhua Sports Landscape node, etc., and improvement and upgrading of hydraulic facilities, etc are also included. The expansion area mainly consists of :Guanlan Ancient Ruins, Guanlan Century Square, etc., beautification and upgrade of the municipal bridges and roads, etc.

Work Content

Content of bid invitation: may include but is not limited to: 1. Conceptual schematic design; 2. Scheme design, requires the approval of the relevant authorities; 3. Preliminary design requires the approval of the relevant authorities; 4. Construction drawing design, (including the detailed design of professional subcontract) requires reviews of the relevant departments; 5. Compilation of as-built drawing requires reviews of the relevant departments; 6. Bill of quantities, the technical part of the bidding document, and bidding drawings required for construction and equipment bid; 7. Send a design team to the construction site to provide technical services for the engineering construction, and fulfill their duties and obligations for the project quality and safety in accordance with the national rules and regulations; 8. The design extended services: including but not limited to participating in joint trail operation, regular project visits, and award declaration and cooperation; 9. Assist in the approval and application for construction, provide complete application materials, and assist in the project review, approval, audit, and filing with relevant competent departments and units; 10. Collect and purchase third-party materials related to the design of the project; 11. Undertake the review meeting of the design results at each stage, and bear the expenses incurred. (See the Design Brief for more details).

Registration Requirements

Qualification requirements:

1、Qualification requirements for the bidder:

The bidder shall have:

(1) Professional Class A and above qualification for landscape architecture engineering design.

(2) Professional Class A and above qualification for water conservancy industry (urban flood control or channel improvement).

(3) Professional Class A and above qualification for construction industry (construction engineering).

2、The consortium bid is accepted for this project and overseas design institutions are allowed to participate in the bidding. The consortium shall consist of no more than three (3) organizations. The leading unit of consortium shall have the Professional Class A and above qualification for landscape architecture engineering design.

3、Qualification requirements for project leader: Have the title of senior engineer and above. As for the consortium’s bid, the project leader shall be appointed by the leading unit of the consortium.


Proposed bid evaluation method: Qualitative method

Proposed determination method: Straight voting


Limited price of this contract construction CNY 70,609,000.


Design service time: From the date of signing the contract to the completion of final acceptance, and audit of settlement and returns.


1、Conceptual scheme design:

(1)The Designer shall propose 3 conceptual schemes of international level to the tenderer for review within 60 days upon bid winning. See Attachment IV for the projects of Mill River Park and Greenway/Madrid Riverside Landscape/Chicago Riverwalk/Connection of Both Banks of Huangpu River in Shanghai for reference. The 3 schemes must be provided by 3 different teams (overseas designers allowed to join), and the Designer, if being a consortium, shall be deemed as a team.

(2)If all the schemes fail to satisfy the tenderer, the tenderer shall not pay for the schemes and be entitled to deducting 50% of the engineering design fee as liquidated damages and organize an international competition for conceptual schemes.

2、The Tenderer shall have the right to reject the submission of the bidding applicant if the bidder is in the period of rejecting the bid due to his/her bad behavior recorded by the Shenzhen Water Authority prior to the bid closing (subject to the search results at http://swj.sz.gov.cn/xxgk/xmxxgk/pgt/).

If you’re interested in this competition, please feel free to contact AIMIR for more following details.

Architectural visualization is a powerful tool to present your design in real-time while increasing the strong connection with your target audience. If you need this kind of service, you’re more than welcome to reach back anytime. We will offer you our professional and superior 3D rendering service to make your design flourish.

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