Rendering Redux is our weekly column where we decode architectural images so you don’t have to. See the previous entries in the series here.
Shigeru Ban's Cité Musicale occupies an island in the Paris area, which you would never guess from this rendering. The main objection is all these be-suited businessmen: These are clearly American styles! The white khakis with a blazer is a mistake no Parisian would make, ditto for the three-sizes-too-big pleat-front pants on the guy to the right:
There is one accurately clothed person here though: That man with the white shirt and wide blue tie (center) is the spitting image of the consummate Eurozone bureaucrat.
We don't really understand the purpose of this rendering other than that it shows that people can inhabit this space. Beyond that, it highlights not much of redeeming value. The spaces get confused and foggy, a problem compounded by the exaggerated focal length, which distorts areas near the edges of the image.
This is from the proposed Koç Museum in Istanbul, but like with the Cité Musicale, the population of the rendering does not match the population of the city: too many shorts, too many cloaks, too many man-skirts. The other issue is that the background cityscape is whited-out, but since the building itself is white, it's difficult to find the boundary between the two. Far better would be contrast the color schemes, maybe with a real background photo.
This proposal for the Rockaways will host many strange persons (you might have to zoom in to see them all). At a glance, we could find the naked cowboy from Times Square, crazy people on stilts, a breastfeeding mother (are the architects from Park Slope?), and the cast of the Broadway musical Mamma Mia!
We are afraid this rendering will slowly transform into the music video for A-ha's "Take On Me."
A strange disturbance blurs the image in the lower right. Is this a portal to another universe? Or just a way to give people headaches?
Empty! No people! No one here! Nobody! Shiny! Too much light! Deserted!
Super empty! Generic! Nobody! White! Light! No one! Desolate!
Whoopsie. Someone forgot to put in the mullions...
Some poor kid just accidentally let go of his entire yellow balloon collection! Sad rendering.
This scene simply reiterates the problematics of using art in renderings. Architects generally go for sculpture, and they generally choose sculptures by Jeff Koons, or else some sort of shiny spheres. These are the only two types of sculptures I've ever seen in renderings. Mirrored things make for a fun house, not an art museum!