Bridging the virtual world

It’s been a great first year for Enduring Domain. Since launching the business a mere six months ago I’ve made a great network of like-minded individuals and businesses all excited about what I do and how we may be able to work together.

I have a number of exciting projects which we hope in the New Year will begin to manifest themselves into textural, tactile and tangible structures sprouting out of the ground. After all, that’s what building design is about, it’s about building buildings and not just about producing drawings and mind numbingly dry planning permit documents. The joy in this job is having my clients realise their dream lifestyle and experiencing these buildings working as they were designed to do.

Having said that, I do get a lot of satisfaction in producing the pretty pictures which help bring the ideas to life. The tools of the architectural trade have changed a lot since my early innocent university days, in which I logged hundreds of hours bent over a drafting desk, T-square in one hand, Red Bull in the other. Today 3D modelling and rendering software is more de rigueur in progressive and innovative design practices such as this one. They take a lot of the guesswork out of how a building is constructed and how it will perform.

Birds eye view without the roof really helps to reveal how the building is laid out

Birds eye view without the roof really helps to reveal how the building is laid out

Existing structures and landscapes can be modelled to give an accurate indication of scale of the new building work

Existing structures and landscapes can be modelled to give an accurate indication of scale of the new building work

Producing images like these is a standard service from Enduring Domain. They really help to flesh out the details and to resolve the design in the third dimension, not just in the two dimensional plans and elevations. But more importantly, we can simulate natural daylight for any time of the year so we can see just how much sunlight penetration there will be into your living areas in winter when you want it, and also how it can be excluded in summer when you want to stay cool.

Ambient light bouncing around your walls is simulated, as well as direct sunlight.

Ambient light bouncing around your walls is simulated, as well as direct sunlight.

Section view

Section view

Its also possible to render a 3D animation so you can have a virtual walk through the building and really get a good idea of what it will be like to be inside and around your new building. Remember, its a lot cheaper to alter a digital model than it is bricks and mortar once you have realised too late that you want to change something!