View of site location with Rotunda left.
Ok so I am at that point in the project where all my research montages are done and I am ready to start the concept stages of the design process.
What I always do first is to do a 3D mock up of the site location to get a good idea of the area I will be designing in and the area surrounding it.
This is relatively simple and adds a great professional look to your work. This is how it's done.
1. Go to Google Maps and find your site location in the viewer. www.googlemaps.com. My site location is the Black store which is just across from the Pavilions in Birmingham UK. You will have to Print Screen and crop the image externally as there is not an option to save direct from the website.
Google Map View.
2. Open this up in Sketchup Pro. Go to: File>Import find the directory where your file is saved in and change in the drop-down menu frrom .skp to .jpeg and your file should become visible. Click Insert.
3. Once Image is inserted you need to change the view to plan view and the camera to parallel projection and not perspective which is on default. To change this go to Camera on the toolbar and de-select Perspective view to Parallel Projection.
4. Once this is done you are ready to trace over the image using the line tool. Once all is done go back to perspective view and start extruding the solid shapes accordingly.
5. Your model should look something like this:
6. It is now time to get a more professional look than the standard Sketchup view-port has to offer. To do this we need a rendering program. The best by far is Vray for Sketchup and a 30 day free trial can be downloaded at www.asgvis.com.
7. Once the Vray plugin is installed you can begin assigning realistic materials. Click on the Vray material editor and start playing around with the pre-programmed materials.
8. Use a higher render setting to achieve the best results. I have given the building I am using a soft red emissive glow to indicate its importance.
9. The renders below show the 3 phases to my site development.