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The Clove Town Center by Built4ever The Clove Town Center by Built4ever
Some of you have been following along with this project for a month or so, but for anyone new, here's the scoop: I am designing an original town center as a commission for some fellow deviants, with some requirements for roughly 50 storefronts, small, medium and large, arranged around a series of "organically" shaped plazas. The main plaza is "The Clove." These are all of the buildings surrounding the main plaza in front elevation format. [link] Many have complete floor plans, side elevations, cross sections, and details done, some are underway. There is a complete ground plan in my gallery for the arrangement of these buildings as well as hardscaping, landscaping, a stepped shallow waterfall, some pocket parks, and some monuments.

All of these buildings will be modeled in 3D. This is an extensive project and will take a lot of time. I think the end result will be spectacular. I hope it's one of the most original 3D models ever done, one of the most detailed and extensive, and, I suppose, maybe one of the prettiest. These buildings are designed like real buildings so it is possible to actually build these.

Architecture is an assembly of different influences as noted on the plan. The general "look" or glue that holds it all together is an Italian/Tuscany style for the massing, roof shapes, some materials, and general flavor, while many individual buildings have other influences. Hopefully, the whole thing "comes together." I designed each group separately, so it's really the first time I see it all together.

The Group 5 at the top left has some labels on it to indicate typical features found in most of the buildings. You should see: awnings, many kinds of arches, extensive brick work and stucco, brick patterns, carved stone or terracotta sculptural pieces and moldings, multicolored barrel tile roofs, covered outdoors areas, various kinds of shutters, a few chimneys, cupolas, dormers, and lots of different window arrangements.

Technique: Each of these groups was drawn separately in pencil on white vellum over graph paper in scale 1/16" = one foot, mostly using a 4H pencil for general outlines, window and door arrangements, and rough details, followed by a 2H pencil to darken and define everything. At this stage, proportion is everything! Getting it exact comes later, and each complicated detail can be drawn in a bigger scale as a separate drawing, such as a column, or a lamp, or a detail of a brick pattern. I then scan, darken a bit, arrange on the "main sheet," clean it up, and label everything. Measurements are rough, feet rounded off to nearest foot.
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Tilzeran Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015
Did you know that all the buildings look after all built by one person? It is very difficult to paint so that there were different styles. I tried to specifically develop a "schools" and "history" of architecture to do so.
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015
Well, you mean these all look "in the same style?" There's many different influences to create this look too. I saw your gallery, very good, looks like you do similar stuff. I'm also doing video game work right now, but it's all secret.
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Mottsei Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
absolutely awesome work!
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
Thanks!
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aNNaMaL97 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
wow- seriously..if someone invents a matrix, design the world.
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Somebody, invent a matrix!
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aNNaMaL97 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
hmm- a fantasy matrix would be great...
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morov88 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
una lamina escelente, muchas horas de trabajo , me gusta , saludos
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Gracias.
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JMagnus Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Your brilliant drawings make me speechless. Or start to swear. I can't decide. ^^
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Believe me, I swear at them a few times, especially when I have to find my eraser...
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MrEd301 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Ok, after much studying.. close scrutiny.. and agonizing over the details.....

I have only two comments...

The first one is absolutely incredible.. You have blended all the elements nicely, the groupings and reorganization of the buildings now makes sense. The scale of the buildings within each group is consistent.

My only critisism is in group 6. The building on the right seems out of context. Maybe it's the shading or surface material. All the rest of the buildings seem to have a stucco finish, but that one seems to have a brick finish.

If I was a developer, I would want to build this for real on a patch of land.
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
The right one in group 6 is almost a contemporary version of this type of architecture, Neo-Tuscan? Second story windows are really clerestory windows lighting the first floor as there is no second floor on that one. Real Tuscan stuff would never do this, they would have a second floor. Brick exterior is consistent, same as first building on the left in this group. Might be simple look to it, not fitting in perfectly with rest of group. What about the covered porch on that one?
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MrEd301 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Hmmm, OK. Neo-Tuscan it is..
The porch.. Maybe that's whats bothering me.. All the rest have columns, and this one has an "old west" or "southwest" look to it.. Post and braces..
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Yes, I agree, it sticks out a bit, slightly American. Not sure, maybe I'll just change the detailing a tiny bit. It's now across from group 8 which sports some serious column action...
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MrEd301 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
You described it better than I did!! Just a little tweaking, and it'll be good. Everything else looks great!
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ohmai-faise Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You are a crazy genius :D I'm sure you've heard that wayyyyy too often, these are more than we have dreamed for! Thank you!
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
OHHHH I like that!! Crazed lunatic architect let loose on the unsuspecting world!! he he good glad you like, just send critiques and observations on the normal e-mail channels, and I'll continue to develop the floor plans and side/cross sections. I was thinking that the overall ground plan might also be a roof plan, as if you were looking down on it from an airplane. Roof plan is a nice thing to look at, gives additional info, especially on "ridge lines" of roof, and hips on hipped roofs. ...when we are all done with this immense project, we can approach some developers and builders and see if we can get it built IN REALITY. Maybe we can get one built in Dubai? he he
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Elucidator Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Craaaazy! These are so awesome!
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
Totally awesome work, my friend. :winner:
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MBNaveed Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
I mean really this is EPIC.
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xSandra97 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
It's awesome, I love the style of the buildings. ;D
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Weequays Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing :D
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