The Museum / Maxwell Render Challenge

‘The Museum’ challenge starts today! Collaborating with Next Limit for the second time, this event calls for the use of Maxwell Render in showcasing a 20th century masterpiece designed by legendary architect, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe – The Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin. We also have some enticing prizes for you, not commonly seen here before, such as a grand winner pick between a Canon 5D Mark III or Nikon D800, The New iPad, Life Time Maxwell Render licenses and more…

‘The Museum’ challenge is dedicated to the creation of one of the most inspirational architects of the 20th century, and a great influence on me personally, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and his iconic New National Gallery in Berlin. Constructed between the years 1962 and 1968 it offered a leap forward from the traditional museum layout of a closed building with exhibition rooms and introduced an open-plan flexible space… one that you will now have freedom to play in!

I had it on my list for a long time to have the NNG as a subject of a personal 3d project, and I have to thank BMD for sparking my imagination when they posted their Nationaal Militair Museum at Soesterberg project on the forums a few weeks back.

I was pretty much set on something else, but an image of a flower show at the Neue Nationalgalerie bustling with people creeped right into my mind and that closed the deal. Not completely sure if a flower show will work, but feel free to pick up on that idea… in any case, the previous challenge concept was set aside for a later date, and knowing now that David Chipperfield, Stirling Prize-winning architect and director of the 13th international Venice Biennale (wink… wink…), was selected recently to renovate the NNG, I think this is a great opportunity to explore this iconic design in the virtual realm too… Using all that Maxwell Render & your creative minds can offer.

‘The Museum’ Challenge Duration

June 6, 2012 – August 8, 2012

The challenge will run in a forum dedicated section – The Museum / Maxwell Render Challenge

Your Mission

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to showcase the New National Gallery and its surroundings during an event of your choice (any kind of event). You will be given the basic NNG 3d model (in various formats) on base of which you can develop your own entry. You will also get access to a fully featured evaluation license of Maxwell Render during the challenge to achieve your final result.

The NNG offers a very versatile and flexible venue for various functions to take place. You are free to come up with your own ideas for an event, exhibition or whatever function you come up with and present it with still images.

I usually add this line in my challenges – “You are encouraged to think beyond the traditional or conventional interpretations and methods of architectural visualization and I’ll emphasize that photo-realness is not the aim, but certainly might be a means to an end.”

I do that because I think that basically… Anything works!

This time is a bit different. I’d like to make a stronger connection between the Virtual Photography and Real Photography worlds, so this time… photo-real is one of the targets. Aim at it! That is not to say you can’t do post process work and a lot of other tricks, like architectural photographers do and manage to hide it so remarkably.

So…

Jump start your imagination and create something original. Try your best to evoke our emotions when viewing your visuals, making us feel as if we are participating in that crazy event of yours (or relaxed… anything works).

Sponsors

‘The Museum’ Challenge is sponsored by Next Limit Technologies, Designconnected and 3D World Magazine.

Prizes

The winners of this challenge will be awarded as follows (with additional prizes still pending) …

First Place
  • A pick between a Canon 5D Mark III or a Nikon D800
  • Maxwell Render Life Time License
  • Designconnected Life Time Voucher*

* A 200 EURO Voucher each month for life time. That is 2,400 EURO of value per year! Credits not used during the month are not transferred.

Second Place
  • The New iPad
  • Maxwell Render Life Time License
  • Designconnected 600 EURO Voucher
Third Place
  • Maxwell Render Life Time License
  • Designconnected 400 EURO Voucher

Judging

Honorable members on ‘The Museum’ Jury panel are :

Adam Hotvoy – Vyonyx, United Kingdom.
Lasse Rode & Peter Stulz – xoio, Germany.
Dave Morris – Architectural Photographer, UK.
Next Limit & And Yours Truly 😉

The entries will be judged according to overall accepted standards of architectural visualization: composition; 3d modeling; lighting; materials and textures, concept (original approach), addressing the unique design of the Neue Nationalgalerie, technical skill, emotive value and participation in WIP threads.

Go ahead and visit ‘The Museum’ Challenge Forum Thread and say hey!

  • anwar522

    Gr8 Ronen 🙂 Love the idea and The Model which you have provided .I wish i would know Maxwell but no worries surely keep an eye on the Thread everyday 🙂  Best of luck guys 🙂 

    • [email protected] hope you will know maxwell better after or during this event… trying is part of it 😉

      • anwar522

        [email protected] dont know why you really inspire me with the challenges you come up every year . 
        I guess you are right Trying can lead me to Learn something for myself and produce Something good 🙂 
         
        How can i get the model ? 
        I can surely give a try and i will be happy to do so 🙂 

        • [email protected]:[email protected]d-model/ and updates will follow

        • anwar522

          Downloaded 🙂 Thanks . 
          Just one more ques how can i get the Maxwell Render ? Are you goin to update the thread for that ?  
           

        • [email protected] the download info to all those starting a thread on the challenge thread 😉
           

        • Prof4D

          Prof4D.
          Id like to join this competition

        • [email protected] ahead then – open a challenge thread on the forum challenge section and get going 😉

        • Prof4D

          where to get maxwell full features for the competition

        • Prof4D

          Why I can be not registered for participation in contest.
          My drooped is absent though I pressed the reference, help please.

        • [email protected] takes time for me to approve it first 😉

  • Mike CG

    Really tempted! this is a beautyful contest, and I would love to participate!
    Excuse me, but I didn’t find how to join, and the other therms, like how many images, size,…and where I can download the 3D model.
     
    Thanks!!
     
     

  • samuelconlogue

    Oh, nice one Ronen! Always glad to see Maxwell getting some love! Really hope I can get the time to enter this one. I promise no balsa wood though 😉

    • samuelconlogue

      Forgot to say, amazing prizes man!

  • Tolgahan

    ronen pls use old forum style for this challenge.I dont like the pinterest style showroom :):)
     

    • [email protected] the forum on this one already 😉

  • RossMillaney

    Amazing competition Ronen, can’t wait to see the model.
     

    • [email protected] current SKP version is available here – http://www.ronenbekerman.com/mies-van-der-rohes-neue-nationalgalerie-3d-model/
       
      I’ll keep updating that page with newer versions and formats.

  • JunaidMuhammadRashid

    cant wait. It sounds so like me.

  • Fantastic challenge Ronen, Congrats! 

  • bmd

    Thanks for the mentioning !
    Modern classic, for inspiration check this little book, it tells the story of the NNG
    from the first idea/sketch (Bacardi HQ in Cuba) to the importance of the NNG
    while the iron curtain was still part of Berlin
    http://www.amazon.com/Mies-van-Rohe-Neue-Nationalgalerie/dp/3775731458
    also available in the NNG bookshop 🙂

    • [email protected] thing… You had a hand in making this possible 😉
       
      That book is in english, right? couldn’t see info about it on Amazon and the book images are too small to notice.

      • bmd

        [email protected]
        yes the book is in english (there is also a germany version available)
        It’s a good read and has some very iconic photo’s, like that b&w one with the cars.
         
        i visited the NNG a few weeks ago, for the Gerard Richter expo, which was great, Mies & Richter two milestones of germany culture, face to face 🙂
        The NNG really needs some renovation, the facade isn’t in his best shape, the garden is no longer open for the public and the small but very lovely cafe is a bit out of date for a big museum crowd, the cafe has a very nice interior/atmosphere ( does anyone know if Mies also did the interior design of the cafe ?)
        Maybe mr Chipperfield can take some inspiration from this challenge 🙂
         

  • Mike CG

    Ok, downloaded, imported and ready for the callenge!

  • pappata

    very nice challenge! hope i can participate…

    • [email protected] stopping you? 😉
       

  • wolfpac28

    sounds very interesting i am new to the rendering world and am currently in school but have a light load over the summer and will enjoy the challenge

    • wolfpac28

      i did however forget to inquire about how to acquire a copy of maxwell render

      • [email protected] you open a challenge thread by now? I’m sending the instructions after that…

  • Sparkinton

    Id like to join this competition but im new to forums and dont really understand where to get maxwell full features for the competition

  • mixocg

    hi. can U save file for 2012 max ?

  • JohansenNiklas

    Hi Ronen. Just started a thread earlier today, but do you send the Maxwell download link in a PM or by mail?

    • [email protected]… didn’t you get it?

      • JohansenNiklas

        [email protected]@JohansenNiklas I haven’t received it yet 🙁

        • [email protected] it just now 😉

        • JohansenNiklas

          [email protected] Awesome! got it 🙂

  • Say hello to 3DWorldMag joining the ‘The Museum’ with online & print coverage, offering one year’s free subscription to the winners! Very happy to have you on-board 😉

  • roiarch

    challenge accepted

    • roiarch

      how do i download the maxwell render?
       

      • [email protected] a challenge thread and you’ll find it in your email 😉

        • roiarch

          [email protected] did..i think so…but no email

        • roiarch

          [email protected] it 
          thank you and good luck

  • RobertJH

    I’ve opened a challenge thread and still haven’t received any email for the licensed Maxwell.

    • [email protected] got email 😉

      • RobertJH

        [email protected] Thanks!

  • PierreMarechal

    hi ronen, i’m in too, how about the maxwell renderer ?
     

    • [email protected] sure you start a challenge thread – and it will be sent to you 😉

  • arispaparis

    how does sb register and receive the license plz help…thnks!!!

    • [email protected] sure you start a challenge thread – and it will be sent to you 😉

  • Prof4D

    Why I can be not registered for participation in contest.My drooped is absent though I pressed the reference, help please.

  • leon07

    hi ronen – can you also add me to the competition
    greetings