Orban Design

Providing the highest quality architectural rendering for Charlottesville and beyond.

Welcome 2019!

It’s been a busy start to 2019, and it’s been a while since we’ve published a new post. One big project has been a series of walkthroughs for a new apartment building in Washington, DC. The videos are still on progress, but you can see them here on our vimeo page:
https://vimeo.com/album/5821784

The following are some recent work. We’ve had a good mix of project types and rendering styles, including a variety of restaurant retail, residential, multi-family residential, and commercial.


Visualization examples

Seeing something before it is built is one of the most powerful aspects of architectural visualization. Having the ability to compare a photo of an existing building or site and then seeing the same view with the proposed project inserted as a photo montage can be incredibly useful to both client and designer. Additionally, being able to generate variations in the proposed design gives the user the tools to assess the way to move forward with the design in a way that other forms of drawing can’t match. Modest as these projects are, you can see how the tool of architectural visualization can help give form to ideas in an effective and engaging way.

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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.

Before and After

A fair number of my projects involve renovations or alterations to existing structures. One of the most effective ways to demonstrate the proposed change to a building is by taking a photograph of the existing condition of the building and its environment and manipulate the photo or matching the view with a 3D model to show that same view with the new design in place. The following are some of these “before and after” photo montages.

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More Elliott Avenue renderings, plus other work

I’ve been keeping quite busy rendering the new projects going in at the Burnett Commons area on Elliott Avenue. This latest render is for a new apartment building the will be built West of the current Burnett entrance.burnett_apt0805-view3burnett_apt0805-view2burnett_apt0805-aer01

The renderings below are for a development proposal to show the potential use of a property that is currently a parking lot. The cut-away rendering shows the potential for structured parking under the building.

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The store interior is for helping a client visualize a potential retail fit-out in an existing space, using the preferred palette of interior materials and finishes.

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The shed rendering shows the location and design of a proposed structure in the yard. I prepared many iterations of this rendering to show different material options and post and beam configurations.

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A night shot of a previously rendered project was requested by the client to use for marketing.

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A spare palette of exterior cladding was used to render this residential project proposed for an ocean-view property in Maine.

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