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Façade Studies: Atherton House

Façade Studies: Atherton House

Thursday, February 12, 2015 | | Mark English Architects, Work/News

In our previous post, we discussed the importance of the continued practice of hand-making physical models and the role it has in aiding the architectural design process and allowing for a deeper understanding of the project. In this post we discuss the ways in which 3D rendering technology has opened up a world of possibility for design exploration and visual communication.


In our previous post, we discussed the importance of the continued practice of hand-making physical models and the role it has in aiding the architectural design process and allowing for a deeper understanding of the project. Despite the immense value of hand building scale models, there is no doubt that advances in technology in the architecture field have opened up a world of possibility for design exploration. Detailed 3D renderings are an invaluable tool for exploring various design ideas without the laborious task of hand construction. While physical models are key in helping us understand spatial interrelationships, 3D Renderings can function as digital models, illustrating a level of detail and realism that physical models cannot. This is very useful for designers and clients alike. Rendering technology is so sophisticated that designers can create photorealistic images of projects while they are still in their earliest stages, making them an ideal tool for visual communication and presentation. For example, different material options can easily and quickly be explored and presented to clients in a polished image that allows them to have a very clear idea of the finished design.

3D renderings were used to explore many material choices for a feature wall on one of our current projects, the Atherton House.

Terracotta Rain Screen:

Terracota Rain Screen

Terracotta Rain Screen: Façade View

Terracota Rain Screen Feature Wall: Interior View

Terracotta Rain Screen: Interior View

 

Concrete Tile Screen:

Concrete Tile Screen: Façade View

Concrete Tile Screen: Façade View

Concrete Tile Screen: Interior View

Concrete Tile Screen: Interior View

 

Copper Paneled Wall:

Copper Paneled Wall: Façade View

Copper Paneled Wall: Façade View

Copper Paneled Wall: Interior View

Copper Paneled Wall: Interior View

 

Mosaic Glass Tile Wall:

Glass Tiled Wall: Façade View

Mosaic Glass Tile Wall: Façade View

Glass Tiled Wall: Interior View

Mosaic Glass Tile Wall: Interior View

 

Perforated Metal Screen:

Perforated Metal Screen: Façade View

Perforated Metal Screen: Façade View

Perforated Metal Screen: Interior View

Perforated Metal Screen: Interior View

 

Ipe Wood Rain Screen:

Ipe Rain Screen: Façade View

Ipe Rain Screen: Façade View

Ipe Rain Screen: Interior View

Ipe Rain Screen: Interior View

 

Dex Pucker Concrete Tile Wall:

After having the opportunity to view photorealistic renders of many potential material choices for the feature wall, our clients decided on the Dex Pucker Concrete Tile.

Dex Pucker Tile Screen: Façade View

Dex Pucker Concrete Tile Screen: Façade View

Dex Pucker Tile Screen: Interior View

Dex Pucker Concrete Tile Screen: Interior View

Closeup of Dex Pucker Concrete Tile

Closeup of Dex Pucker Concrete Tile

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 Mark English, AIA, Founder and Principal of Mark English Architects, has been working in San Francisco and the Greater Bay Area since 1992. His designs reflect of resourcefulness and efficiency to create high-quality residential design.


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