The 7th Architectural Visualization Challenge I’m running in partnership with Quixel as the marquee sponsor. The book CABINS by Philip Jodidio and the fantastic illustrations by Marie-Laure Cruschi served as the principal inspiration for this year’s challenge theme. That, and my love for prefab architecture design.

CABINS entry by wdprui2

I have the horrible tendency towards ever-expanding scope and I was unable to finish this competition. This is the first scene of this size and detail I have ever attempted. Really I’m still learning the tools on every level.

Even though it still needs a lot of fine tuning, I wanted to submit this image because I spent an absurd amount of time on it. I fully intend on finishing this scene in the coming days but the interior and surroundings aren’t up to the level of polish worth rendering.

I see a ton of things in this image that could improve but as I am extremely new to this process, I would relish any feedback or criticism from this talented group.

In the end, I tried my best and came up short but this was a tremendous learning experience which hopefully has better prepared me for the next competition. Thanks Ronen. Good luck everyone!

CABINS entry by Egor Gorai

The cabin is located on pine trunks connected with rope bridge with mountain path. I`ve also added native americans` thematics to location, using common ornaments and dreamcatchers.
I`ve used Megascans` library for close up trunks, needles, pinecones, groundcover, moss, roof shingles and for rocks

CABINS entry by sebregall

When I started to work on that challenge, I thought it would be easy and quick to create a simple hut in the woods… But it turned out to become pretty more complex after a few days of reflexion and modeling ! At that point I virtually jumped into not only an archviz contest, but a real architecture and design competition.

I finally designed a complete house, able to host a whole family and occasional guests for weekends and vacations, and all along the year.
I chose to locate it into the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, in front of an altitude lake, and backed onto a slope, so as to enjoy the most breathtaking view during the whole day.
Its grounded basement is made out of three 40ft modified shipping containers. This allows to store all the technical equipment of the house, but also all the leisure and outdoor stuff that goes with the house, plus extra beds for the guests.
On the top of it, a second structure made out of wood hosts the living room with a kitchen, and the upper floors. These ones are split in 2 clear areas : the back one for the kids, and the front one for the parents, both linked by a common bathroom. The kids dispose of a nice playground, while the parents have a lightful workplace on their side.
Thanks to a generous height, each side has also it own mezzanine, allowing the kids to have a “cabin into the cabin”, from where they can observe nature on the back side of the mountain, and the parents to enjoy a high placed bedroom up above the lake.
The small roof is accessible from the inside, and serve as an observation point.
Two massive decks surround the frontzone, giving sunlight on the top, and shadow on the bottom.

I modelled the whole house into Sketchup, and imported it into Lumion 8.3, into which I was able to create the context from scratch and then scatter it with the internal libraries.
I made a full 3D environment, which allowed me to make a video showing almost every part of the house, and on the other hand reduce consequently the post-processing phase and totally skip a 2D compositing pass. I rendered everything with a single Alienware workstation.

I made 3 major still images as required, plus 7 bonus views. Completed by 3 VR points in Yulio :, and a video on Youtube

I want to thank Ronen for this challenge topic, which made me so enthusiastic about, as I’ve always been a great fan of cabins making in my childhood. But it has also been a great occasion to conceive and develop a concept involving prefabrication and quick construction processes.
I also want to congratulate the competitors, as many of the entries are very impressive…
So, good luck to everybody, and may the best one win !

CABINS entry by spaceodyssey

Looking at Earths increase in population and need for alternative locations for shelters, the idea to create an environment that could support those needs was developed. The intent was to bring “home” like features to the shelter to create emotions that one would have when seeing and entering my childhood cabin. Cedar shingles are represented by a futuristic titanium shell that makes up the exterior. The interior brings warmth by using Earths natural materials such as wood and soft upholstery selections.

CABINS entry by Giovanne Souza

This is my final entry. I worked on this project during my free time, and it was a great learning experience. I had not yet worked with such a complex scene, which was a challenge since I knew I would have to deal with only 16GB of RAM during the whole process. In the challenge, I could still learn about 360 images, after all, these were my first.

I chose the Chapada dos Veadeiros, in Alto Paraíso de Goiás, Brazil, to locate the cabin. The Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park is located approximately 550km from Goiânia (the city where I live), and has recently undergone a large fire, which burned about 65,000 hectares of the nearly 250,000 that exist. The Park is of international importance, as it preserves a large part of the brazilian cerrado biome. So the choice serves as a kind of homage and great appreciation that I have for that beautiful place.


I hope you enjoy the final result, and good luck to all the participants.