Author Topic: School with a palm leaf roof in Kawemhakan, Suriname  (Read 310 times)

Paul Spaltman

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School with a palm leaf roof in Kawemhakan, Suriname
« on: January 05, 2019, 10:38:49 am »
January 05, 2019, 10:38:49 am
I was looking for a way to create a realistic looking roof made of palm leaves, very common in tropical architecture. For instance in Florida Tiki huts have palm leaf roofs, made by local indigenous communities. I finally tried the new 3D grass material and that was by far the best looking palm leaf material. The model was created in Archicad and I did a little post processing in Lightroom. The project is a school that we're planning to build in an indigenous village at the banks of the Lawa river in Surinames interior called Kawemhakan (also known as Lawa). The modelling took about half a day, and same for the scene setup. Renders took about 20 seconds to 1 minute with a Nvidia 970M graphics card, 16gb intgernal memory and a 3 year old i7 processor. Rendered with Lumion pro 9.

GuillaumeMaas

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Re: School with a palm leaf roof in Kawemhakan, Suriname
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2019, 03:15:42 pm »
January 05, 2019, 03:15:42 pm
Look great Paul!  :-D
I7 3930K - 1070 8GB - 32GB RAM

Paul Spaltman

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Re: School with a palm leaf roof in Kawemhakan, Suriname
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2019, 12:14:29 am »
January 06, 2019, 12:14:29 am
Thanks Guillaume, I was really happy I could find a way to create a material that looks like the palm leaf roofs I've seen In Suriname. I was asked to make the building a real traditional Wayana style building but with a modern touch. Without a good looking palm leaf the design would look crappy. And I sure hope the community will embrace the idea of a palm leaf roof because a zinc plate roof is the popular style nowadays. Palm leaves are getting rare, which is a pity because they are in perfect harmony with the surrounding rainforest.