The Harbor Service Building  |  Karim Moussa / Jimmy Vincente
Software: AutoCAD, 3DS Max, Vray, Photoshop
CG Architect Architectural 3D Awards 2014 - Image (Non-Commissioned) Nominee

- The Harbor Service Building aims to become not only a gateway, but also a destination, a metropolitan space for public use and access to the waterfront. Its mass creates a hybrid of typologies. Atop the urban podium sits a contorted crystal, connected by a large atrium. The podium allows for a new harbor park with expansive views towards the City and its harbor. A diamond- shaped depression within the podium anchors the building in the site, articulating the fork at the corner where site directionalities diverge. In contrast to the more stationary podium, the coiling mass containing the harbor offices is orientated to the most important directions of the site with hovering projections. The coiling of the tower creates a partially enveloped central plaza between the offices, which is articulated by a rusticated facade treatment, producing a distinct sense of cavernous interiority. Like a large amethyst geode, the monolithic nature of the exterior mass contrasts with the extremely ornate environment. The visual design is meant to compliment and celebrate the core concepts of the project in a unique and special approach, while highlighting its key features and representing it with a real sense of space and design, that emphasize the emotive qualities and leaves the viewer with a strong experience.


Light Up the Skies

When two artists with different aesthetic backgrounds collaborate, they often create stunning pieces, and the collaboration between artist’s Aaron Koblin and Janet Echelman is no exception.

Janet Echelman, who has been featured already on Art & Science Journal, creates fishnet-like aerial sculptures that look as if they were floating entities in the sky. The nets’ shapes are manipulated to form anything from funnels to winged creatures. Aaron Koblin is an artist and designer who focuses on data and digital technologies, how this information relates to cultural trends and how people react to changing technologies.

These artists collaborated together on March 15, 2014 at TED 2014 to create “Skies Painted with Unnumbered Sparks” outside the Vancouver Convention Centre where the TED talks were being held. TED is integral to this installation, as the two artists met at TED 2011 after their talks. In order to make such an installation possible, Echelman needed the expertise of Autodesk, a 3D design engineering software that specializes in working with interesting design problems. The amazing feature about this outdoor installation is that passersby can choreograph the lights on the web with their smartphones, controlling the aesthetic nature of the piece through technology.

If you would like to see how a sculpture of this magnitude was imagined, and then installed, TED blog has a ‘making-of’ gallery.

The installation will be up in Vancouver until the 22nd of March, 2014.

-Anna Paluch


2015 Pier 9 Artist in Residence Exhibition

A look at artworks created at the Pier 9 workshop run by Autodesk, which offer state of the art facilities and seeks to explore the future of artmaking - video embedded below:

This exhibition celebrated the community and work created by the Autodesk Artist-in-Residence Program at Pier 9. Featured projects include work created by digital fabricators, fine artists, architects, furniture-makers, chefs, and a host of other creatives who have passed through Pier 9’s residency program over the past year. The exhibition included over 40 artists and more than 70 works, all of which were installed across the Autodesk Pier 9 Workshop, including in the CNC labs, 3D printshop and test kitchen.

The Pier 9 space is currently taking applications - you can find out more here

Mark II refers to the second generation user-operated robot designed and built by American company MegaBots, Inc. In November 2014, MegaBots announced that it was seeking $1.8m to bring their goal to life on Kickstarter, but unfortunately the campaign failed to get enough funding. However 3D modelling software firm Autodesk was so impressed with how the MegaBots robot was designed using its software, that the firm agreed to help fund a full prototype, the Mark II.

Although the company lost the race to create “the world’s first” mecha, the Mark II was unveiled when its creators issued a challenge to Suidobashi to compete head-to-head.

The Mark II stands at roughly 5 meters, ~7 with its hydraulic legs extended, weighs 12,000lbs (5,400 kg) and is loaded with two large cannons.

Estimate cost: $175,000


Es Pujol De Sera  |  Marià Castelló Martínez
Renders: Obrazek - Architectural Visualisation  |  GIF Version
Software: Autodesk 3ds Max & VRay

Remember earlier in the year I did a picture for Autodesk Sketchbook’s ART FOR HOPE: NEPAL project? This is the full picture! You can still buy the charity artbook of the whole project or a print of the picture above - proceeds from the sale will go to the Build Change charity in order to help with their efforts in rebuilding Nepal after the earthquake in April.