Obscured Renderings

Discussion (8)

  1. ArchAddict

    Is your facade going to be covered by trees in real life? Your model should reflect that… or Tell your Civil engineer to get his chainsaw out and chop a couple trees down…

    Life Lesson (That I’m always learning)….Don’t overmodel.

  2. tony

    I’ve worked with people who intentionally cover their renderings in trees so clients, stakeholders, regulatory agencies, etc., can’t see whats actually happening. or they get too caught up in the completeness of the image, that they don’t even notice the building. I think it has less to do with accurate representation and more to do with covering up the design.

  3. john

    Reminds me of the time I was working on a basic facade of an build that two departments kept arguing over. I added a water fountain in the roundabout in front of the main entry. Before the meeting facilities did nothing about complain about the maintenance of the waterfall. Enter the VP of the company who praised the waterfall. We spent 20 mins of the meeting talking about the waterfall, when it came time to talk about the facade of the building, both sides rubber stamped it, and walked out the door. The fountain was never built, but it was the best diversion of the issue I have ever seen.

  4. Steve

    We always did this in school — Can’t figure out how to resolve something on your elevation? Trees!!

    • Flit

      Interesting tactic, we were always required to provide treeless renderings/drawings in school. We could provide a drawing with trees in addition, but the professors wanted to actually see the building. (strange, right?)

  5. Dean

    Remember what FLW said (this may not be a direct quote): “Doctors can bury their mistakes. All an architect can do is advise his client to plant vines.”

    • Steve

      I think that’s pretty close to an accurate quote.

      The related line is: “What’s the difference between a doctor and an architect? Doctors can only kill their clients one at a time.”

  6. SMF

    My thought is the artist needs to know their audience.

    I make sure to add greenery, but I do not cover the building. If it is a “Real Life” rendering I might “Ghost” in the greenery in front of the building to give the impression of the landscaping, but I do not take away from the building. But if it is for marketing, then I frame the building so to speak. I have a bough in the upper corner, a bush in the lower corner, etc. Something that the general public would notice, and see it soften up the image, but would not detract from the building.