Technology Centre Visualisations w.i.p

It seems like ages since I have properly updated my blog. I’ve been pretty busy with uni work for the past couple of months and have finally finished my first (of two) final year projects, which means I can spend my free time working on the visualisations.

The project brief was to design a building to house the commercial research branch of the Huddersfield University Engineering School. The building will be mixed use and contain offices, research laboratories and specialist workshop spaces, fast and efficient construction methods are also major requirements.

My final design is a glulam portal frame with Modcell straw bale prefabricated external walls for their extremely good insulation and structural properties. Other technologies that at present in the final design are;

  • A  natural/solar ventilation ‘chimney’ working with an automatic window system to assist with natural ventilation.
  • The design maximises solar gains for both light and heat throughout the year.
  • Rain & grey water collection and treating system with large underground storage to help with surface water.
  • Bio-fuel boiler with multi-zone underfloor heating system controlled by an intelligent building services monitoring system so  all user needs are met.
  • 2 PV covered car porches (total 240m²) will supply building with some electrical power and provide free security lighting for the surrounding car park.
  • Car porches provide facilities for charging electrical vehicles.
  • Ground floor finish made from crushed recycled materials mixed with resin.
  • Large draught lobby to minimse heat loss when entering and exiting the building.
  • Concrete used to a minimum throughout the project, but when required eco-concrete is used.

I’ll cover the technology more thoroughly when the visualisations are done, but for now here are a couple of progress renders from the weekend.  The building was created using ArchiCAD 16 and then 3ds max & Vray were used for the renders.

Technology Building wip

Technology Building wip 2


Qubits Characters Featured in New Website and Promotional Video

I received an email this morning from Mark Burginger, the inventor of Qubits Construction Toys, letting me know that the new website and promotional video were live and that they featured the vinyl toy characters I designed back in October. Its great to see some of my work go from concept sketch to being used as a branding element on such a fun and inventive product.

I have attached the image from the landing page but I encourage you to visit the site for yourself, it looks much better on there.


Here is the Qubits Indiegogo Campaign Video & a link to the Indiegogo Campaign page.

Please note; I designed and created the characters but I did not create the image above and had nothing to do with the animation.

Vinyl Toy Characters – Finished

Finally finished the accessories for the characters (helmet, hammer, spanner, a roll of plans and a pencil for behind the ear) and managed to find some time to put together a final render. I’ve really enjoyed working on this project but I’m glad its finished now so I can put all my energy into Uni work.

Vinyl Toy Construction Characters High-Res Image

Link to original Vinyl Toy wip post

My next update should be of an engineering and technology building I am currently designing for a University project 🙂

Vinyl Toy wip – Nearly Finished

The character, hair and helmet are all finished now which I’m pretty happy about. Just working on some more accessories for them to interact with and then it will be complete. Its been a fun project to work on and I’ve learnt a fair bit more about organic modelling.. which is always a plus 🙂

Vinyl Toy Characters

Link to original Vinyl Toy post

Vinyl Toy Girl – wip

The girl character of the vinyl toy project I’m currently working on.

Link to original Vinyl Toy post

Vinyl Toy Update – wip

Still got a few little bumps and pinching to sort out here and there, and I’m not 100% happy with the shape of the arms/shoulders yet… but should have it finished pretty soon with a toolbox full of accessories.

Vinyl Toy wip
Link to original Vinyl Toy post

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