Hurricane House

I teach a course called “Rhino 1: 3D Design” at the Boston Architectural College, and I generally use one of my own student projects (from 2001, in my first design studio at Yale School of Architecture ) as an example when illustrating various rendering techniques that might prove interesting or useful to grad students in architecture.

It occurred to me that I should test these habitual techniques against the newest late-beta version of McNeel Rhino, since students have asked me about the differences between Rhino 4 and the forth-coming Rhino 5. I use the 3D modeling application to generate a perspective framework and suggest lighting/shadow situations which will be “over-painted” using an image editor (in this case, Adobe Photoshop).

Hurricane House rendering 2012

As the project is eleven years old now, it struck me that I should render it as it might look if it had been built then and left exposed on the New England coast since. This is of course an ancestor of my 2008-2010 Stormhouse project. And, yes, a 2003 rendering of this Hurricane House occasionally appears as a header image for this website.

I’m not sure about why I felt compelled to put another cloaked figure in the foreground, violating some of my own precepts for architectural illustration in the use of entourage. I am most certainly not constantly glimpsing cloaked, mournful figures “out of the corner of my eye.” Not at all. Nope.

May 10th, 2012
Categories: Academic, Architecture, Design, Illustration
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