2016 is behind us with 52 Best Weekly Visualization selected, as well as the 12 Monthly Best. Now is the time to announce the Best Visualization of the Year 2016. I’m very happy to present you with the “Yale Center for British Arts” Remake by Bertrand Benoit! It is never easy to pick the best one out of the best 12, but Bertrand sure excelled this time around, showcasing the remarkable subject matter that is Louis Kahn’s design.
Here’s what Bertrand says about this project along with images from the set.
I’ve always been fascinated by Louis Kahn and eager to do one of his buildings in 3D. But so have many CG artists, starting with the legendary Alex Roman, and it’s been a struggle to find a motive that wasn’t already overused.
I read about the renovation of Kahn’s Yale Center for British Art, his last building, which reopened in May this year. I decided to go for it, and here’s the result. I went for the building’s post-renovation look, though I’m not sure if I’ve been completely consistent given that a lot of my reference material couldn’t be precisely dated.
On the technical side, this was built in 3ds Max and rendered in Corona Renderer, which I find performs well in confined spaces with a lot of indirect light. I took advantage of the denoiser added in 1.4 to speed up the rendering and increase the final resolution. Most images rendered in just a couple of hours on a single machine. The whole project took about three months, on-and-off.
I used a Corona fog, which I found to work very well and didn’t slow down the rendering too much, to add some atmosphere to the shots. These atmospherics were fine-tuned in post using a separate element. For post, I used mainly ArionFX and a few tweaks in PS.
Congratulations Bertrand! and thank you, my forum members for sharing your great work with us all during 2016.
Please keep on doing so and know that I plan to put in place a new system to upload your work, one that will be done directly on the blog and geared towards the AAA.
That is the ArchVIZ Academy Awards, as announced at Academy Day #7.
Keep them great works of your coming in 2017 too!
be good, do good.