Making of House on the Lake

Giona Andreani showcased his first attempt with Corona Renderer two weeks ago, which also awarded him BEST of WEEK 15/2015, and today he gives us a glimpse behind the scenes. It’s not too long, so should be an easy read with room for questions to be asked – so please do!

I would like to thank Ronen for asking me to write this making-of, I’m very honored and hope you’ll like it!


My latest images are visualizations of a residential project by Scandurra Studio Architettura at Paratico near Iseo Lake (Italy).

Giona Andreani - Housing on the lake (2)

For this work I decided to recreate the entire environment in 3D. During the process I switched from V-Ray to Corona Renderer to try it on a production work.

In this making-of I will focus on the landscape, because it was the most important and detailed part of the scene.



Since the project area was quite big, I had to optimize the scattering of vegetation, keeping in mind the vantage points I have decided on.

I used MultiScatter for the general distribution of vegetation and MultiPainter to add more details in places directly seen by the cameras.

Overview of the scene :


Here’s an example of the targeted distribution of trees, bushes and ground-cover plants :


Some 3D trees are from Evermotion, others from free resources found here, on Ronen’s Blog by Andrei Mikhalenko. The grass and bushes are from iCube R&D.




Here is a crop from another image of the project showing the scattered grass with different layers of grass and flowers.


The lake surface is a simple plane with a water material and a displacement map applied. I used the procedural OceanTex map from the plugin PhoenixFD, tuned to achieve a quite calm water.

This map works perfectly with Corona Renderer too!



In this scene lighting is really basic and simple.

The daylight render was made with Corona, I switched from V-Ray because I wanted to try this new render engine, and I discovered it is very powerful and a lot faster than V-Ray for this scene.


I used a Corona Sun and Corona Plane Lights inside of the house.

For the night view, rendered with V-Ray, I placed a V-Ray Dome Light with an evening HDRI map from [Peter Guthrie’s Collection](


Interiors are lighted by simple V-Ray plane lights.



Daylight view setup – Corona


Night view setup – V-Ray


I used the Corona Renderer converter script to export all materials and lighting from V-Ray. It worked really well. Only the leaves materials needed to be retouched slightly.

I copied the diffuse texture into the Translucency slot, and tuned the fraction level to achieve a good balance.

A value between 0,15 to 0,3 worked well for me.


Post Production

Photoshop work was very limited on these images.

The daylight image has a really simple post production.
Just some curves and color correction on the leaves and z-depth pass for the fog.


For the night shot I blurred a bit the sky and the reflections on the water, simulating a long exposure. Tuned the contrast a bit and applied a slight glow to the highlights.

I also applied some subtle mist effect using the z-depth pass.



To conclude, I want to explain the composition choose for these two images.

The single house on the lake is architecturally symmetrical, so I decided to emphasize this concept using the reflective water plane.

I went for a panoramic ratio 2:1 and a night mood for the overview of the entire complex. Through the interior lights it is possible to understand the main concept of the project, the apartments appear behind the trees giving a pixelated effects to the architecture.

That’s all!

Here you can find additional images I made for this project.




Hope you find this simple making-of interesting and useful. I’ll be happy to answer any question you may have.

Thanks for reading,


Giona Andreani

Giona Andreani does virtual photographs of not yet built architecture. He is passionate about technology, science fiction, mountain biking and, particularly, analog photography, which allows me him to log off from the hyper technological and frantic world to which we are connected every day. He works in the field of architectural visualization with Master’s degree in Architectural Visualization from State of Art Academy and degree in environmental architecture from “Politecnico di Milano”.

7 replies
  1. Jamie Hopwood
    Jamie Hopwood says:

    Awesome Giona. I too have just made the switch to Corona and loving it. It would be good to know what the time of day the sun is at and what the photoshop adjustments that you did too!?

  2. SantiSanchez
    SantiSanchez says:

    Nice work Giona! In the dusk scene don’t forget fog reflection on water surface 😉

  3. Katranov
    Katranov says:

    Beautiful work Giona! I saw you don’t burn the gamma…you are saving out exr images? if so, i’m interested how you proceed with the post.


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