diveleptIsModeling

Recently we had the opportunity to be a partner on the design of a residence in the Virgin Islands.

Sound exotic?

It is, but we don’t like to brag. This project came to di’velept from a former employer that has a winter residence on the islands. After deciding that he was ready for an upgrade he found a site and then came to us with a pretty good idea of the house he wanted. di’velept was asked to help in doing some 3D modeling to make sure that house that he had in his mind was going to be as great as imagined. We also did the construction drawings (Some lessons learned will be coming in a future post).

As we have mentioned before, every project di’velept does in modeled in 3D. The evolution of this project is a great example of one of the reasons why this is important. Even Architects (who have been trained to understand buildings using plans, elevations, and sections) get a better understanding by looking at a 3D model.

These 5 images tell a great story about how the design evolved, So I will (mostly) let them speak for themselves. Some changes were based purely on aesthetic choices after seeing the design in 3D. Other times the changes were influenced by other factors, things like cost and hurricane design kept bringing us back to reality.

The original model, straight from the hand drawn elevations.

The original model, straight from the hand drawn elevations.

V2.0 The model showed a couple of weakness that we tried to correct.

V2.0 The model showed a couple of weakness that we tried to correct.

V2.12 After a number of small tweaks this was looking pretty "HOT"

V2.12 After a number of small tweaks this was looking pretty "HOT"

V3.0 A number of factors helped make for more subtle overhangs.

V3.0 A number of factors helped make for more subtle overhangs.

V3.86 Many of the changes are pretty small, but this is about the final house design.

V3.86 Many of the changes are pretty small, but this is about the final house design.

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