Orban Design

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Concepts for a commercial lease space

A few of the projects I was going to post recently have been going through some redesign, so I keep holding off, waiting so I can post the final renderings. Here is one project that was pretty quick. These are some conceptual interior renderings for a commercial space that is being offered for lease. The space is currently empty, so the real estate agent asked me to show two options for the interior build-out. One option is a offices and event space, the other is a small gym.

Existing space:

Proposed options for office fitout:

Proposed options for gym fitout:

Venturing into V-Ray for Sketchup 3.4

The release of the new version 3 of V-Ray for Sketchup has taken a bit of effort to incorporate into my workflow. There are many changes in how V-Ray handles materials the net effect of which has made large swathes of my existing models obsolete. On the one hand, the render engine that uses video card rendering has been substantially upgraded, which makes for fast renders. On the other hand, the workflow changes have been most pronounced in this method of rendering. The massing study image above is the first project for which I’ve actually used the latest V-Ray for Sketchup.

The image below is a photo-realistic view of a commercial project that I had rendered previously in a watercolor style.

Conceptual interior renderings of a proposed shared office space in an existing building.

Exterior renderings of a small-footprint development within Lochlyn rendered with Vray for Blender.

Office renovation completed for Orban Design

After more than five years of working in an unfinished basement utility space, I finally completed a renovation of my office space to finish and enclose my work area. I guess it’s amazing what you can tune out when most of your work happens on a computer screen. However, this has been a long time coming. Here are some before and after images of roughly the same viewpoints. Of course, I did a 3D model as well to figure out the space. The end of the post has a quicktime VR of the design.

first view towards exterior:

807b 2009 office



second view looking towards stairs and laundry/ mechanical area beyond. There’s not a “before” view, as the utility shelving I had against the stairs was just too ugly to look at:



And here’s a panoramic VR rendering: