We created these computer model images exploring options related to detailing proposed new niches in the wall of a condominium. They are quick proportion and lighting studies of a concept we were refining for our client's urban nest, which we are in the process of transforming room by room.
This is forensically accurate light modeling. There are large windows facing north that bring in a good deal of ambient daylight. There are only a few moments, certain times of the year, when sunlight directly pours in, and this happens to be one.
Although this level of visualization is very helpful for communicating ideas and intentions - far more useful for most people than abstract 'plan' or 'elevation' drawings - it is also invaluable for us as designers. The accurate virtual realization of ideas invariably helps clarify and refine design intent, sometimes in relatively nuanced ways.
The final result appears quite consistent with the computer studies, demonstrating the value of accurate visualization work in the early design phases of a project.
Author: Sam Rodell
Sam has been practicing as an award winning architect for over thirty years, and has also built many of his clients' projects. He is currently licensed to practice architecture throughout most of the western United States and Canada, and is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) which expedites registration in other states and provinces. He was the first Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC) architect in eastern Washington and northern Idaho.