Orban Design

Providing the highest quality architectural rendering for Charlottesville and beyond.

Highlight on architectural services

The original intent of this space was to create a portfolio of my work as well as discuss computer 3D rendering. I have found from off-line inquiries that this focus has hidden the other aspect of my business — traditional architectural services primarily focused on residential new home construction and renovations. I welcome inquiries for any type of residential project, whether it’s a porch addition or a completely new home. I have over 20 years of experience in residential design and planning and I would be very happy for the opportunity to prepare your house plans. I’ve written up a bit more on my “About” page if you’d like to read about my range of services.

The following images are of a typical renovation project by Orban Design. The request was to design a covered section over a patio to mitigate the intense summer sun. I worked with the client using 3D tools extensively to compose the design as well as to work out the details and the material options. Then, I prepared a set of construction drawings, allowing the owner to request multiple builder quotes to find the best match for quality and price. The final images show the completed project. I’m pleased with how accurately the 3D studies were able to convey the proposed design.

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:

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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:

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And here’s a panoramic VR rendering:
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June 2014 renderings

These renderings are of a pair of apartment buildings by the same architect. The first building is just starting construction, and so the rendering was done for the client for marketing purposes and use on a jobsite sign. The second building is in review currently by the zoning administration, as well as being presented by the developer to the community. There are several iterations of the second building that I didn’t include, which has different versions of massing of the rooftop/ penthouse volume.

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For these interior views of a nursing home renovation and expansion, I used a softer watercolor style to prepare these renderings.

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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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