3D

It’s been a while since I’ve really had a chance to dive into 3-D design tools for architecture. I switched software platforms from what I used to use (formZ) to 3DS Max Design 2009. It’s a *very* powerful 3D package, especially when it comes to it’s photorealistic rendering capabilities. It’s also a *very* deep and complex program and it’s taking me a bit to get up to speed. This is an early render for a project I’m working on.

Birdseye - SW

HJ Master Suite (Unbuilt)

This is one of my favorite small house designs that unfortunately was never realized. It is a freestanding master suite for a couple and their visiting grandkids on their Sonoma, California land. The footprint is very compact in order to minimize impact on the site. It is situated adjacent to the existing swimming pool and so becomes somewhat of the pool house, with a generous covered porch to enjoy a poolside view on hot summer days.

It’s form is thin and tall, with an ascending promenade into, up and through the house that culminates at the roof deck which serves as an aerial perch for watching birds and taking in the stunning Sonoma Valley landscape.

Click here or on the image below to view the 3D sketches.

Birdseye View from the Southwest

Little House for a Little Boy

I’m working on the first prototype for a line of ‘Pocket Shelters.’ They’re small (under 200sqft) structures that merge green design and building with voluntary simplicity. I’ll be moving into it when it’s complete along with my partner and our 2 year old son.

I’m building the entire thing ‘virtually’ in 3D CAD to allow me to work out the construction details and have a very accurate idea of my materials and methods. Below is a snapshot of my working model.

Little House - Working Render