Thesis Study - 6th Year of Architecture

It is my final year at University and I am working on my thesis project. My chosen thesis is about the impact of sustainable living in an urban environment and how an 'Urban Village' might achieve such a goal as providing food for its occupants.

Follow me on my journey as I complete this project and maybe even win a prize, gain some sort of recognition, or maybe you'll just enjoy looking at the pretty pictures I produce! Either way, I hope you enjoy looking at my work and the comments I have to share.

Also, visit and join my facebook group - 3D Architecture

Sunny :p

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

...and here are the plans!

if you squint your eyes hard enough not only will it hurt, but you just might be able to read it!

Sunny :p

a few more images.....!

hey guys, here are a few more external and a few internal images of my latest project - the Urban Retreat.

You'll notice quite a difference between these images and ones produced for my 3rd year schemes (The Cinema and Turkish Bath). Here I have tried to use a more 'graphic' representation of spaces etc instead of pristine photo-real renders. Although, I just couldnt help myself with the 'bath/pool' image. The reflections and radiating luminosity is an effect which simply cannot be done with sketches (or at least I cant!).

As part of my personal lust for gorgeous 3D images and (sur)realistic walkthru vids, i just might make one for this project - IF i get the time to. It isnt exactly going to improve my grade/mark for this year and i kind of get the impression that photo-real renders and walkthru vids are frowned upon in post-grad. If anything i'd get shot down for doing one! (my skills have improved quite a bit but i dont want it to look like i'm showing off either!) So i might just make one during the summer - i want to experiment more with 3D matchmoving and tweeking my Vray skills anyway!

Thats it for now.. enjoy! and please leave some comments!


Section A-A
section C-C
Flower garden
Multi-use/exhibition space
Shallow relaxation bath/pool
Main circulation space

Monday, 18 May 2009

Portfolio hand-in day (today!)

Its portfolio hand-in day today and everything is sat snugly in my portfolio ready to make its way to uni. :)

Its been a while since i posted anything uni-work related too... so here goes!

*background to the project*
The scheme is a urban retreat, a place to relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of modern day society. Oh, and its based in York, England. One of my images is a google Street View montage so i'll paste the link here for you to see the location for yourself too. :)

Note: the yellowish walls are made from LitraCon light transmitting concrete - it helps realise the idea of spatiality and the use of light within my scheme.

I'll post some internal images tomorrow.

Also, just so you know... these images were produced using Archicad + Cinema 4D + Sketching (yes, sketching - not sketchup (i hate sketchup!)) + Photoshop. It is quite a long-ass way to go about things, but i kind of like it. The images look completely different compared to what i'd usually produce (photoreal-ish 3D renders!). Although, i couldnt resist.. one image i'll post tomorrow could only really be done using some nice 3D software :)

front (east) elevation

section b-b

north-west view

Street-view montage

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comments are welcome :)

Sunny :p

Monday, 4 May 2009

The Life of an Architecture Student

This is a narrative slideshow that depicts a day in the life of a Berkeley architecture student. Pretty well done and suprisingly similar to life as an architecture student over here in Leeds.

The Life of an Architecture Student from Peter Hess on Vimeo.