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Visualization Phase for NYC Net Zero Public Housing Project

Visualization Phase for NYC Net Zero Public Housing Project

My focus for this week was on finishing the schematic design of the ground floor and designing the lighting scheme on the reflected ceiling plan for every floor. With a week left on my project schedule, I’m moving into the visualization phase of this project, which will require material applications to all components in the Revit model, adding entourage to the spaces to be rendered, and selecting views for diagrams. Here are my thoughts on materials and draft renderings of the building.

Materials & Entourage

The NYC Net Zero Public Housing is envisioned to be constructed primarily of cast in place concrete for both its structure and exterior shell. Aesthetically, the exterior concrete walls will be smooth off-form concrete made with large boards and tension bolts. Once the formwork is removed and the concrete cures, it will have a light grey color, reveals where the perimeters of the steel boards were placed, and circles where the tension bolts were located.

At every opening along the façade of the building, windows, railings, and curtainwall framing will be metal painted black with a semi-glossy finish. The black framing will contrast against the light grey concrete wall. Outdoor wood chairs will be added to all balconies and inside of the sunroom, wood planters will be added to every apartment. All outdoor chairs will be comprised of a black steel frame and both the chairs and planters will be made of stained ipe wood.

Apartment interiors will have white painted gypsum walls, smooth polished concrete counters on light cherry wood cabinets, and stainless steel appliances. The floors will be radiant heated smooth polished concrete throughout with the addition of tiles in the bathrooms.  All door frames will be painted white and doors will be wood to match the cabinets.

While setting all of these building materials, I’ll also be placing entourage components such as entertainment centers, shelving, carpets, plates & silverware, and décor within one or two apartments. On the ground floor, I’ll need to model books to put on the shelves in the bookstore and decide if I’ll render the boutique fashion store.

Here are some of my draft renderings:

Next Steps

From this moment onward, I’ll be setting up all of my perspectives of the building and placing entourage throughout those views. Once the final scenes are all set, I’ll move all renderings to Photoshop where each one will be finalized. Along with rendering the project, I’ll also be developing diagrams, final plans, sections, and elevations of the project.

All of this will need to happen in one week. Wish me luck!


Finalizing the NYC Net Zero Public Housing Project

Finalizing the NYC Net Zero Public Housing Project

Design Update for NYC Net Zero Public Housing Project

Design Update for NYC Net Zero Public Housing Project