Melbourne’s most acclaimed architects (Bates Smart) have designed this multi residential – mixed use building to maximize views to the river and create residencies where urban life seamlessly connects with nature.
It was important for our studio to set the right tone and composition for each shot to help compliment the design language. One of the major elements in the design is how the large terraces cascade down the northern elevation and almost merge into the contours of the river bank.
Technically it was very hard to capture certain angles due to ongoing neighboring construction, so the decision was made early on to go full 3D for the majority of the shots.
The largest challenge was file management, with some scenes ending up over 7 gig even though the building was modeled procedurally with rail-clone and all interior assets (furniture/curtains/plants) were scattered with Forest pack. We probably did go OTT by scattering debris and gravel on the roads surfaces, especially from the distance the cameras were positioned. As they say…The devil is in the detail.
A small animation is in production and will be released next year.

The Clifton Vault

Project Summary

Clifton Vault is a state-of-the-art automated parking solution with a full concierge service located along the Atlantic Seaboard in Cape Town, South Africa. Clifton is at the heart of luxury real estate and living. The concierge service fits perfectly into an environment where finding a safe parking spot is often impossible, and it is accessible all with the push of a button. Clifton Vault’s coffee shop and a boutique hotel proposed to perch on top of the car park, showcasing panoramic views across the Atlantic, are anticipated to become popular hubs of Clifton.

ThinkLab’s full brand design and visualization solution included name generation, logo design, brand identity, print and digital brochure design, CGI’s and an animated sales video packaged to illustrate Land Equity’s concept and design to prospective buyers.

What made the project so interesting is that it is currently the only parking solution of its kind in Southern Africa, making it a complete marvel nestled within one of Cape Town’s most beautiful coastal locations. This was a full collaboration with the world’s most advanced and innovative parking system suppliers and will be fully functional from the touch of a button.


We had a fair number of challenges to overcome like any other architectural visualization project. One of the biggest hurdles we faced was integrating the real-life footage with our animated footage because there was were so many moving elements in each scene. We adapted by carefully curating our animation movements to flow naturally alongside the contextual visuals.

We had to accommodate for design and architectural processes as well throughout our project which made it particularly difficult to produce good quality content in the time frame we were given. We adapted by pre-empting most of those changes and making our adjustments accordingly ahead of time.

Producing visuals to the highest quality standard required detailed modelling of the parking systems we had no prior knowledge of. We were able to address this challenge by doing thorough research and educating ourselves as a studio on how such systems work.

Lesson Learned

This was one of our first attempts to fully implement Corona Renderer to our workflow. We learnt a lot about the potential it has, and how it is busy shaping our industry for the better. We realize that Corona is perfect for animation as our render times were much better in relation to Vray and we had zero flickering in our final passes of this project which created a crispness to all our visuals.

In all, this project resulted in our team gaining vital new knowledge and we completed a project that was well executed and received very well by our client. Clifton Vault was a huge success for the ThinkLab team and raised the quality standards for our growing company.

Thank you

Making of Edition in Parnell

Edition in Parnell by MR.P STUDIOS was shared on the showcase section during August and now, the making of Edition in Parnell is giving us all a glimpse behind the scenes of MR.P teamwork on two images they delivered for a contemporary building design by Monk Mackenzie. Learn how they used RailClone, GrowFX and gave Corona Renderer their first go!

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