Assignment 04

Rhinoceros Modeling & Presentation board of a mountain/coastal artist’s retreat


You will design and build (3D model) a 500 square foot artist’s retreat. The retreat can be in one of two locations. One possible location is in the mountains accessible by foot (2 hour hike) and the other is on the ocean and is also accessible by foot (1 hour hike). Topography and locations files are available on the course website. Your retreat can be in any architectural style you choose, though it should respond to the site conditions (sun, wind, views, etc.) Your design should include both interior and exterior spaces and must reflect the nature of the artist (you can pick one) for whom you are designing. You may locate your retreat on any portion of the site given. The program of the retreat is rather loose, but you should consider having a sleeping space, cooking space, bathroom, meditation space & artist’s studio.

Part 1: 

  • Begin by selecting your site. Spend time doing research on site conditions then select the artist of your choice as a client. Focus on your design. This is a quick design charrette, but I expect thorough design development and informed design decisions. Stay away from modeling a traditional space and focus on bending/breaking conventions.

Part 2:

  • Using the techniques discussed in class, build a 3D computer model of your design.
  • You should build your structure in its own Rhino file and only add the topography information as a block reference. You should, however, consider taking a piece of topography (for the site on which you intend to build) and bring it in to your new Rhino file as reference. Remember the project tool and the split tool.
  • You should model interior details as well as exterior details. Be sure to use layers to separate objects by material and location (Don’t forget about block objects).

Part 3:

  • Using the techniques we discussed in previous exercises, make at minimum 1 exterior (2-point) perspective rendering, 1 interior (daylight) rendering, and 1 exterior night rendering. You can make more renderings if you wish.

Part 4:

  • Create an InDesign layout that showcases your design. Your final board can be no larger than 36x36 (9 sq feet) and should include a minimum of 3 renderings (see above).
  • Your grade will be based on your renderings (V-Ray & Photoshop) and your 3D modeling (Rhinoceros) detail.
  • You will turn in your final presentation board(s) on Monday 5/20/13 at 10:30am. No late work will be accepted.
  • You need to post your three images and your layout board to the course website by 12:30pm on 5/20/13.


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