Orban Design

Providing the highest quality architectural rendering for Charlottesville and beyond.

Spring 2017, further into Vray for Blender

I’ve been converting more of my workflow into Vray for Blender. As I convert more of my asset library and build up my material collection, I working on getting my production up to speed (definitely slower right now than working in Vray for Sketchup – however – the renderings run much much faster.) Here are a some selected projects from the past couple months, all rendered in Vray for Blender.

Here is a set of interiors for a new condo building that will be starting pre-sales soon.

This is a series of exterior renderings for a lake-front mixed use building that is currently in review with the local zoning board.

Another tropical project! This is a guest cabin being constructed in an eco-resort in Central America.

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.