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Hi guys, I thought I would some images of an interesting project we are working on right now.

These are preliminary images of a sketch scheme design for a shipping container incubator unit project. I'll upload more tomorrow from the office.

We start with hand-drawn sketches, then generally go to SketchUp, then Archicad. This one was brought into SU from Archicad and cleaned up.
Archicad doesn't work with instances, so tweaking Archicad models can require a bit of componentising and optimising.

The renders are just simple ones created with just a few clicks. I like to spend the time on the design and the textures and the camera angle. I've developed a really efficient workflow which means that it's really easy and quick to consistently generate images of this quality.

We don't generally have time to add the environment and things like planting. 

Scene 6.jpg  Scene 7.png  Scene4.jpg  Scene3.png  Scene2.png  Scene 1.png 

I'll keep posting updates.

Comments and criticism welcome of course!


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i look forward to seeing more!
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Interesting Big! it looks good, do you have a top view?

the side textures gives a moire effect,  in this case, it looks good


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Yes I do, and it's one of the images I plan to upload.

I opened the browser to upload some better images earlier today, then someone came along and interrupted me, and then someone interrupted the interruption!

I'll try to remember tomorrow...

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This is very cool! 

Interesting that unit C is slightly off kilter, is this intentional?

I like the very clean diagrammatic quality of them. 
It is great to see some of your work Bigstick!


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oh I didn't see the new ones! 

 

Are they studios for artists? or shared workspaces? and yeah I checked the C unit, I liked a lot the rear image, nice volumes


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Yes, the misalignment of the C unit is intentional!

They are small startup units, pretty much like studio spaces. However they can be used for anything including someone who is running (say) an eBay business, but doesn't want to do it from home.

You can see how the AA on the railings of the rear image isn't awesome

I need to improve that...


I should probably raise the canopy as well. Each unit has 4 PV panels, giving an output of around 6kw, which is enough to make each self-sufficient in our Northern European climate.

All PP in PIE, adjustment to brightness, contrast, a little vignette and sharpness, with line overlay.


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and what's special about that C unit? just curious!

 

IMHO misalignment in all or most of them or don't (I think in absolutes, my wife says I have a type of Autism [rolleyes]


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Only the C unit is slightly out of alignment. The principle behind this was create a little visual 'joke' so that it almost looks as though one of the units hasn't been placed correctly.

It's not just that because we have set up a regular rhythm, and we wanted to consciously disrupt the monotony and precise regularity.

We experimented with which unit was the best one to tilt, and in all cases we felt that the third one from the end on the upper floor works best 😉

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So I would say something a professor keep repeating to the class "if you are going to make a concept go fully with that, take it to the last consequences" if the C is the one then maybe a circular window or a color, or something that justifies the joke, just my opinion I think is good either way.

 

keep posting the development is always cool to see different examples of Podium


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Actually I disagree. It's more than simply a joke.

It's a subtle shift. It's a disruption to the regularity, not introduction of a new element.

If you think of Carl Andre's bricks for example, it's kind of, well, a pile of bricks.

You take it or leave it, and there is nothing particularly complex to look at visually. The minute you decide you want to make a conscious disruption to that, I think it adds an intriguing element of tension. 

If you look at a lot of his art, it's very geometric and repetitive. Everything is based on the regularity of the pattern. You can look at the patterns for a couple of minutes, and they are a bit boring.

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Hi Bigstick,

For me personally (with the caveat that everything is subjective!) it doesn't quite work. 
I quite like the idea as a critique of the simplicity of stark geometric repetition (as seen in some of Andre's work, though I would argue that isn't what it is truly about...but lets not go down that rabbit hole) often sold as minimalism but the comparison doesn't quite hold up for me.

While the design here is straightforward it isn't quite simple, or minimalist enough for the one subtle shift to really make sense in this way. Perhaps if it was only the shipping containers stacked in this way it would work visually (but not practically), but then again being canted at an angle as they are might still contradict the meaning in that subtle shift.

Look, I don't mean to be a critic, I have a lot of respect for you Bigstick, I'm just offering up my point of view. Please, take it or leave it! 
In the end, I still think this is a very cool design on a unique project and I would be ecstatic to have one of these as a workspace!

...you know what they say about opinions...[wink]
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An interesting analysis - thanks, it's very much appreciated 😉

You are right about the fact that it's not really that minimalist. The front elevation taken individually is, but there's more to the rest of the design than that.

It's interesting how the design arose. The Planners were absolutely against a shipping container design on the site. They hated the idea. We had to do something that was very different, that made the design look like anything other than shipping containers!

This means that the design is necessarily contrived, and possibly not for the best of reasons.

What we have is a series of individual elements that are assembled together. There is the 'rear wall' which provides containment, closure and a formal back to the design, the two layers of angled shipping containers at the front, the steel frame forming the walkway, the steel frame supporting the displaced containers (because the loading points are not aligned) and the PV array which forms the canopy.

Every individual element is purely functional, apart from the tilt in the single shipping container.

I like it because we have used an overtly conceptual architectural approach on a thing as simple and basic as a shipping container project. 

It's great to be able to bounce around design discussions, even if some of you don't agree, so I really appreciate you taking the time to post feedback 😉

I might create a photomontage with the site...

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Looking forward to seeing the final render of this very unusual project. At this stage it looks a bit confusing with complex texture(s), handrails and other rails making it hard to read. 
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I agree. The materials will always have a moiré effect, even the real panels, and the lighting has blown out the galvanised texture on the steel.

The different layers of balustrading do make it difficult to see the form.

Although this illustrates an element of Podium I've never been happy with (antialiasing on linear arrays of closely-spaced elements - particularly bad in the 4th and last renders) I think that to an extent the completed building will have a level of visual confusion because of the layering. This is a valid point.

We have used the vertical metal balustrade because of where the building is located.

If it was purely industrial, and in an industrial area, we could have used a horizontal cable balustrade, but as it's opposite a college in an urban area, our Building Control wouldn't accept it. A glazed panel infill balustrade in a steel frame would look better, but would be too vulnerable and not as easy to disassemble and reassemble because of susceptibility to damage.

The project is temporary (!) and will be re-erected after a few years.

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