Fanis Anastasiadis is a qualified Architect based in London and has been using Archicad, Cinerender and Twinmotion as his design and presentation tools of choice.
Fanis faced a challenging project he designed in Islington whilst working at Scenario Architecture, a studio focused on delivering high quality homes. The project had to take into account the small site squeezed between existing buildings in a conservation area.
Views and Outlook
We managed to get maximum line of site and demonstrate high quality views and interior environment, by confirming views through 3d view port, BIMx and VR. This way we were confident that our design actions were justified.
The internal capabilities of Archicad for 3d rendering with the Maxon Cinerender engine allowed us to create, very quickly, internal and external views that demonstrated the above and showcased high quality accommodation.
1st round planning
2nd round planning
Presentation to Clients
Bringing the client on board with such an ambitious design was a challenge in itself, as many clients want certainty before going ahead with planning. Going through the 3D model in Archicad and in BIMx convinced the client as it was very easy for them to understand the design actions based on 3D and light study data, and therefore provided them with the certainty they needed and trust in our design. The extra incentive was the additional 25m2 our approach delivered, to a total of 77m2 two bedroom house.
We used 3D rendering during all stages of the project.
When we get into details, this helps the clients make decisions quicker and stick to them.
Presenting to authorities
The Islington council at the time was only accepting very specific material, which did not include 3D models. We submitted the plans and some images of the model as per the requirements, however the officers were not convinced it would be a high quality accommodation. The application was refused and we couldn’t figure out why as we had addressed all issues. We then met with the officers and realised they could not understand the complexity of the design. We did a presentation from within Archicad addressing all of their concerns one by one, showing them the solutions for views, outlook, light and general housing regulations compliance which finally brought them on board. We also created a second round of 3D interior images, upping the quality of the interior design and rendering. This convinced the officers without changing anything in the design, and so we submitted the application and got permission granted. We confirmed all interior lighting conditions with an external daylight sunlight consultant which demonstrated the validity of the internal Archicad calculations.
We use the same techniques to all projects, large or small. Especially rendered cutouts and sections, help the officers understand better the design and our reasoning for planning or building control purposes.
After the planning permission, the client proceeded to construction without our help. In the absence of further involvement we decided to submit the project under the unbuilt section of the NLA awards. We needed to create better visuals as realistic as possible to make sure we showcased the design appropriately. We used modelport to import 3D objects into the Archicad file, these objects were of high detail and helped us create very detailed interiors. We allowed for longer rendering times to make sure light calculation created more realistic interior lighting. We used the physical rendering engine within cinerender applying photography techniques (camera settings), we optimised the material settings with high quality textures. The high quality end result came after long hours of rendering due to the high resolution and high complexity of the images.
The result helped us showcase our project in the best way possible and allowed the project to get shortlisted for the 2016 NLA awards. The image also got featured in the Archicad V22 promotional brochure.
Archicad since has collaborated with Epic Games to allow direct connection with Twinmotion a real time rendering engine based on the Unreal game engine. This can provide quick real time 3D visuals. Twinmotion 2020 comes with a full Archicad 23 licence. A quick test based on the same model can provide immediate results, without the long rendering times of cinerender, and can influence design decisions much quicker than traditional rendering. The light calculation might lack in some areas, however the sunlight studies are much more revealing and much faster than the internal Archicad ones.
Twinmotion 2020 straight from the model
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