The Museum / Lumion Challenge

‘The Museum’ / Maxwell Render Challenge ended today, making way for ‘The Museum’ / Lumion Challenge to start! Collaborating with Act-3D, the makers of Lumion – The Real-Time Architectural Visualization Tool, for the first time on a challenge, this event calls for the use of Lumion in showcasing the 20th century masterpiece you came to know so good by now – The Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin by legendary architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. This time in motion too! We also have some enticing prizes for you, not commonly seen here before, such as a Grand Winner 3,000 EURO Cash Prize and Lumion Pro Licenses with free upgrades to versions 3.x & 4.x as they come out.

A bit of repeat going on here…

‘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 keep on exploring this iconic design in the virtual realm too… and this time using all that Lumion & your creative minds can offer.

We’ve already seen great concepts and execution in the Maxwell Render version of this challenge that has been running in the past 2+ months. You are at a better position starting, having this bulk of great work as inspiration and catalyst for new ideas. You will also have access to the NNG model file in various formats best fitting your workflow.

Using Lumion you have the potential of being much more agile and explore various concepts and approaches in a short period of time while getting ready to dish out the final entry of stills & animation. I hope to see you all stretch your abilities as well as Lumion’s during this challenge!

‘The Museum’ Lumion Challenge Duration

August 15, 2012 – October 15, 2012

The challenge will run in a forum dedicated section – The Museum / Lumion 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 start using the Free Lumion build and get access to a fully featured Pro Version of Lumion as you progress during the challenge to achieve your final result without limitations.

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 and animation/s.

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.

Strive to achieve as mush as possible within the Lumion tool set, but know that you can use anything you like in tandem with it for post-production purposes. Photoshop, After Effects and other are perfectly ok as long as we see the originals along side the end results (for stills and animation). Think of adding music to your animation and how that will help with your concept and mood of your piece.


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).


‘The Museum’ Challenge is sponsored by Act-3D and 3D World Magazine.


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

First Place
  • Lumion Pro License
  • Lumion Pro free upgrades to v3.x & v4.x
  • 3D World Magazine Yearly Subscription
Second Place
  • Lumion Pro License
  • Lumion Pro free upgrades to v3.x & v4.x
  • 3D World Magazine Yearly Subscription
Third Place
  • Lumion Pro License
  • Lumion Pro free upgrades to v3.x & v4.x
  • 3D World Magazine Yearly Subscription


Honorable members on ‘The Museum’ Jury panel are :

Adam Hotvoy – Vyonyx, United Kingdom.
Lasse Rode & Peter Stulz – xoio, Germany.
Dave Morris – Architectural Photographer, UK.
Act-3D & And Yours Truly 😉

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

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

12 replies
  1. ronenbekerman
    ronenbekerman says:

    News : Designconnected will sponsor this challenge too with total prize value of 950 EURO in store credits to be award among the 3 winners ;)Check their catalog at :

  2. CarlosUrtecho
    CarlosUrtecho says:

    Hi! Im just registering myself and I really don’t know how to “Create your Challenge thread using your real name for it and say hey!”… Would someone could explain me? Thank you all! Regards!

    • ronenbekerman
      ronenbekerman says:

      CarlosUrtecho Hi… follow this short PDF. It relates to the showcase section but the same last step can be done within the challenge section at –

  3. Softminimal
    Softminimal says:

    Hey Im a lil confused, whats the deal with 1 company called Lumen RT and then there is Lumion which seem to be working on the same type of software, which one is better?

    • ronenbekerman
      ronenbekerman says:

      Softminimal These are two different application developed by two different companies. Both relay on the GPU for rendering the results… but LumenRT is specifically for use with SketchUP from within SketchUP, and Lumion is a standalone platform that you can import models in from any 3d modeling package… it is also much more flexible and wide in scope than LumenRT. The price tags also reflect that fact. 

  4. MohamedMohamedSafy
    MohamedMohamedSafy says:

    heyi have some question about the competition1- do we have to work by lumion the free edition in the first stage of the competition then we use the full edition later in the next stages ?2- do we have to create the 3d model by ourselves or shall we recieve it and just make the render on lumion3- if there is a 3d model where can we download it ?

    • ronenbekerman
      ronenbekerman says:

      MohamedMohamedSafy You can download the model at this link – start your concept with the Free Version of Lumion and then you’ll get access to the PRO version. Just start your challenge thread on the forums and get going… showing us what you plan for it.Good Luck!

  5. samuelconlogue
    samuelconlogue says:

    I’ll give it a go! I was bummed to be too busy to getting anything together for the Museum Maxwell Challenge. Working with a new tool adds a nice challenge to this one. Looking forward to it! 

  6. Theodosia Zorba
    Theodosia Zorba says:

    Hey…i am new here..I am user of Lumion and i would like to taste this experience of competiotion!! Theodosia Zorba

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