architectural rendering the reality

Rendering the Reality: From Vision to Sight

architectural rendering the reality

Presentation in architecture has always been an extremely important aspect. Be it in front of the jury in good old college days, or proposing a new design to the client. It is a presentation that holds a valuable reference to your vision. No matter what style or method you prefer to indulge in, it is nowadays impractical to not present the renders. It is the closest one can get through your vision and concept and hence, rendering is given much more importance in the profession. 

If we talk about the renowned architects and their firms, renders play a crucial aspect in defining the ideologies ad strategies of design and can be a critical reference for the outside world. A lot of ideas and thoughts develop while creating the renders along with the keen details of the important aspects of the overall design such as materials, lightings, roofs. The detailed design phases in the renders allow for the most accurate representations of the project. 

Let’s have a look at some of the meticulous considerations of renders and their accurate execution by the architects.

1. Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in Schiphol, Netherlands

Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in Schiphol, Netherlands - architectural rendering the reality

The distinctive pattern of the 42-meter high atrium is the highlight of the Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol which can be clearly visualized from the early stages of conceptualization in renderings. Designed by Mecanoo, the building pursue a strong sense of identity with the grandeur size, white balustrades, and an exuberant appearance. It is aesthetically pleasing to the eyes while saving on the energy consumption by preconditioning the outside air in the atrium before introducing to the guest rooms.

2. Mahanakhon Tower in Thailand, Bangkok

Mahanakhon Tower in Thailand, Bangkok - architectural renders the reality

MahaNakhon, the 77-storey, and 1030 foot structure is the tallest building in Thailand. Designed by the German Architect Ole Scheeren, these two pictures show and justify an accurate transformation of his vision. While most of the skyscrapers have a traditional-built structure, Ole’s vision sought to break the monotony of uninterrupted vertical orientation. He worked on a conceptual and pixelated design composed of translucent cubes. The block by block design evokes a sense of deconstruction in the most creative form.

3. Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s “Cascading Campus” 

Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s “Cascading Campus”

The concept of the 21st-century medical school has been brilliantly executed from the early stages of rendering. Located in Washington Heights in northern Manhattan,  the 14-story glass and concrete tower is strikingly similar to the renderings submitted by the architects at the competition stage. Just like the original architectural visualizations, the vertical cascade of the blocks leads to a distinctive appearance of the structure.

4. Zaha Hadid’s Crystalline Port Authority in Antwerp

Zaha Hadid’s Crystalline Port Authority in Antwerp

The crystalline port by Zaha Hadid Architects is designed to serve the rising demands for the new port authority. The concept and vision of a vast iceberg cantilevering beyond the southern facade of a massive concrete structure are clearly visible from the renderings. An extension of the old structure of a fire station, the design reflects its bold vertical statement with respect to the building’s historical perspective. 

5. Vincent Callebaut’s Radical Forested Tower 

Vincent Callebaut’s Radical Forested Tower

Tao Zhu Yin Yuan described as an “inhabited tree” by the architect is a vision brought to reality from many of his conceptual structures. The structure will accommodate not only people but 23000 trees, absorbing 130 tons of carbon emissions per year. Living in the times when urbanization needs to be re-defined, the architect’s vision of incorporating ample space for nature sets the right tone towards eco-responsible lifestyles.

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6. Herzog & de Meuron “Beirut Terraces” in Manhattan

Herzog & de Meuron “Beirut Terraces” in Manhattan
Image Courtesy (right) Iwan Bran
Image Courtesy (right) Iwan Bran

The Project has been awarded the third position for the Best Future Project in the year 2013 at MIPIM awards for the best un-built sustainable projects. Rightly so, the vision of the architects is clearly visible from the early renders with vertical compositions of overlapping levels offering stunning views and an unprecedented way of merging the environment into the living space.

7. Bjarke Ingels’ Serpentine Pavilion 

Bjarke Ingels’ Serpentine Pavilion

The design of the building is influenced by a video game, Minecraft. The game is all about creating landscapes and structures by manipulating the environment that is very distinctive to the architectural conventions established in the real world. But Ingles has executed his vision from the renders to reality in the form of an unusual building that speaks for the new possibilities in architecture

8. National Kaohsiung Centre for the Arts in Kaohsiung, Taiwan

National Kaohsiung Centre for the Arts in Kaohsiung, Taiwan

With the striking similarities between the rendering and the reality, Mecanoo has executed this 1981-sets concert hall with utmost zeal and spirit. The seats are on all sides of the stage offering close proximity of the audience to the performances. The oak-lined ground floor is equipped with the spiral ramps to lead the audience to their golden seats. 

9. Musée Atelier Audemars Piguet / BIG + ATELIER BRÜCKNER + CCHE

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The Musée Atelier Audemars Piguet is a spiral-shaped pavilion, designed by BIG and realized by the Swiss architecture office CCHE is a triumph of brilliant execution of engineering and design. The spiraling form which is clearly visible from the rendering is perfectly integrated by the architects in the curved glazing supporting the green roof, that blends with the surrounding landscape.

10. Vessel Public Landmark / Heatherwick Studio

Vessel Public Landmark / Heatherwick Studio
architectural rendering the reality

2465 steps with 80 landings comprising of 16 story and breathtaking views across the city of Manhattan is what makes this circular climbing frame eccentric. Named as Vessel Public Landmark, the perfect execution by Heatherwick Studio is one of the largest real estate projects in America. The rendering shows the keen details for the structure that was asked to be designed as a centerpiece for Hudson Yards. The Architects explored various possibilities to create something memorable that resulted in a bespoke vision integrated into reality.

Thumbnail Image via Archiobjects; Beirut Terraces via Iwan Bran; Other Images courtesy of the architects

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