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Torogips, Spain by James Whitaker

Torogips office by Whitaker Studio

Over the last year we’ve been designing a small office building to accompany a new gypsum factory in Spain. Our building will house the changing rooms, laboratory, office and dining room. The inside of a gypsum factory can be a relatively dark and dusty place and so our main objective has been to create a light filled, airy alternative to that. Working with a very modest budget we have concentrated on drawing northern light into all the spaces to ensure that there is a good quality of light throughout the day.

The material palette will be very simple, with painted concrete block for the walls, expanded metal mesh shutters over the windows and a polished concrete floor internally. On the roof we plan to use Cumella Ceramic tiles. The colours aren’t yet confirmed, but I’m inclined to be bold and go for the pattern shown…

Construction will hopefully start this autumn.

Torogips Roof by Whitaker Studio
Torogips roof by Whitaker Studio
Torogips hall by Whitaker Studio
Torogips hall by Whitaker Studio

Inner Working by James Whitaker

This visualisation is of a proposed 8 storey office building, with retail and coffee shop at ground floor. You can compare the final image with the computer model below to see what we did in 3D. I prefer to create as much of the image as possible in the 3D model and keep photoshop work to a minimum. Partly that's just how I like to work, but it has the giant benefit that it increases our ability to adopt client changes as late into the process as possible, and minimise the impact of that one final tweak to the design.

Penthouse by James Whitaker

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The High Life

A new series of images of a Tokyo penthouse.

The model has been built in 3DS Max with the towers in the foreground being created using Itoo Software’s railclone and forest pack. You can see a tutorial for populating the floors of the towers here.

Furniture and props have come from a variety of sources. The books are nearly all from model+model and distributed using their excellent Bookmanager plugin. The rug in the living space is Paul Smith Carnival created with Vray Hair.

The Tokyo skyline is from photographs taken from CGTextures and applied as a VRay Light material with the sky masked out. The scene is then illuminated with Peter Guthrie’s 0707 sky.

Evening at Home by James Whitaker

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This visualisation is of a new development in Elephant and Castle by A Zero Architects. There will be a nursery at ground floor with three town houses above. Construction work is due to start in Autumn 2015.

Dice House by Sybarite by James Whitaker

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In 2014 I produced this series of images for Sybarite Architects of their project The Dice House. Each house has utility or retail space at its base followed by floors of living space which are capped with a roof garden covered with solar panels.

For the technically curious amongst you, these images were produced with Rhino and Maxwell, rather than 3DS Max and VRay. The hay field was produced using Maxwell’s grass extension and there is only a modest amount of post-production on any of the images.