Orban Design

Providing the highest quality architectural rendering for Charlottesville and beyond.

Fall 2016: bridges, living rooms, streetscapes, and flythroughs

This fall has been packed, with great projects all around. The first pair of images shows a proposed stone bridge that would be part of a new entrance road at a historic site. This rendering request came as a direct result of the success of my previous landscape project where I modeled a bridge and dam structure. I used Vray for Blender for this project as well, and I was very pleased with how the stonework came out in the 3D model.

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I also had a few interior rendering projects. It seems most new floorplans are quite open, so there is a lot to show in terms of how the spaces flow from living room to dining room to kitchen and any connected outdoor spaces. I usually take several views to show the dynamic qualities of the spaces.

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I’ve also been working on some larger scale developments. This next project is an exterior design of a multi-family residential complex that is being built in a location that requires city design review. I’ve been involved in generating 3D exterior views throughout the design and the review process. We are hopeful this will be the final iteration and the review process will be complete.

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Last, but certainly not least, I’ve been working on a high-end mixed-use building project that included preparing a high-quality rendered walk-through of the lobby and the residential units. The following are some stills from the project, as well as a link to the marketing page where you can see the video. You can also view the video on my vimeo page.

West Main Atwood project wins BAR approval

After a lengthy process of deferrals and resubmissions, the “Atlantic” project made it across the finish line, winning approval from the Board of Architectural review at their March meeting. I was involved with the project from the start, working with Bill Atwood on both the planning and the architectural aspects of the project. The project started out at the initial stage by maximizing the by-right volume. Subsequently, in response to the feedback from the review board, it ended up getting reduced in scale by the carving of an internal street within the project connecting West Main to Commerce Street. This allowed an opportunity to create a “5th” internal facade across from the existing historic buildings which helped enliven the architecture. The final piece I worked on was a dusk rendering of this internal street, intended to visualize the concept and help win the final approval.

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The other renderings prepared for this project show the street facades within their respective street contexts.
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In addition to the renderings, I also prepared all the plans, elevations, wall sections, and material board that were required to fully document the project for the BAR.

May 2014 updates

Here are some of my latest images from the past month. I’ve had the opportunity to work on some more contemporary interiors again, continuing on the modern themes from my last entry. The following project is a 2 story flat in an urban historic warehouse district, so the architecture reflects a more industrial feel. It also has lots of windows, so I wanted to show the feel of the natural light that would be flooding the apartment unit.

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The next two images are watercolor style renderings, one a lobby renovation of an institutional building, and the other is a marketing image for a country club expansion and renovation.

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Hello 2014!

Second month into 2014 and I’m finally ready to add a new batch of renders! It’s been a very busy start to the year for me. Most other years, the beginning of the year gives me some time to catch my breath. Not so this year…

Besides my regular projects, I’ve been quite busy with testing updates to Vray for Blender. There are some very exciting developments on the horizon for the program. I’m planning to share some workflow tips once some public releases occur.vb30-nodes

First up is a new set of renders on the health club interior I first started working on back in December. I went through a few rounds of design refinement with the architect, and now the interior renders are much more realistic and exciting.stairs looking back health club loung area health club entry area street facade

I’m working on another apartment building renovation in a historic neighborhood. The existing row house is getting an extensive addition on the back, and so I’m looking at developing a sympathetic palette to integrate the new with the old.

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I also have work at different scales. Below are first some product shots showing product display concepts. I’m also working on some site plan studies, but can’t post on those yet. I have many other exciting projects in development that I hope to be able to post soon!

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Historic rowhouse double-take

The interesting twist to this recent rendering project was that this existing rowhouse in DC would be recreated in the empty building lot directly adjacent to the site. I generated the renderings and schematic floor plans for marketing and historic review presentations that the client was preparing. I had just some basic information from a site plat, so I filled in the rest of the elevations from photos and a few field measurements.

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Existing building and empty lot next door.

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Mirror image!

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Maxed out lot with parking spots.