Alfonso Urbina García works with rendering from all sides—he is both an Architecture student and an independent design professional, based in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Studying Architecture at Tecnológico de Monterrey Campus Ciudad Juarez, renderings have helped him create a strong foundation of work for his portfolio.
Like many other designers, Urbina realizes the importance of utilizing renderings to internally inform his design efforts and externally to communicate ideas to clients or instructors. “Visualizations help people have a clearer vision of how the project is going to turn out,” he says.
Having only used Revit for a year, Urbina worked hard to master the program, training under Architect Rene Saucedo. Through Saucedo, he learned about Revit’s “Render to the Cloud” feature, and quickly became hooked.
“It’s incredible how many advantages I have from using cloud rendering. While my renderings are processing in the cloud, I can still work on other views of the project. Personally, that saves me hours and gives me more time to come up with better, more detailed results in every aspect of the rendering and design process,” he says.
This featured rendering, titled “Modelo Revit” is a house that Urbina designed for the city of Cancun, Quintana Roo. A prototype for a small neighborhood home, the project needed to have an open concept, with an ample feel to each space, as well as some luxury features, including a pool.
“The details that are incorporated in every project help to give it an identity,” he states. For this design, the first step was to complete all of the basic elements so he could start working on the views that best displayed the design.
Cloud rendering helped him be more productive when starting layouts, because he could start visualizing the sections, facades, and volumes as he created them in the project.
One of the main challenges was changing the lighting and materials of each element of the design. “The key factors that made this design more realistic were the shading effects and the water’s reflection in the pool and the glass doors,” Urbina says.
To achieve that elusive photorealistic effect in the rendering, Urbina knew that one of the most important factors was getting the lighting right. It was essential to define the lighting temperature and experiment with the properties of each light fixture, playing with intensity and tone.
Materials were also extremely important in his process, since predetermined materials often need to be modified in order to achieve a realistic look. He took advantage of the landscapes provided in the renderer, which added color and life to the designs, enhancing the scenes with shading effects.
In the final step, Urbina examined the brightness of every element in the rendering, ensuring it all came together for that finished, photo-real result.
“All of these steps become much simpler when I use cloud rendering,” Urbina insists. “I can generate high quality images in a shorter amount of time while I continue working on other aspects of the project. It really elevates my productivity level.”