Balcony 3D design

For our project Balcony Installation I wanted to recreate 3D version of the balcony.

We have visited the site but creating the 3D site is like we can visit it anytime plus whatever ideas we have we can apply it to the 3D version and see how it works.

I’ve always been a fan of 3D presentation of ideas, props etc as what is on the paper may not work in practice. 3D gives you more insight into what is required for the project realisation and also brings you closer into what the final may look like.

I was actually impressed that after my last project I still remembered how to do 3D virtual space without looking at tutorials.

Last year for one of my projects I have recreated 3d Bethnal Green Station (starts at 00:30 sec).

So this is the site I will be trying to reconstruct. Trying is not even a word to me: “I will be reconstructing”.


First of all I have deconstructed the building and the balcony in Photoshop. I have created a wall with door and one without it, with just windows as it will be brought forward.

3d-balcony1.jpgI have then imported each part into After Effects. I am creating 3D space so I need to make sure that left, right, top, bottom, front is all aligned together. I am glad that I broke the ice last year absolutely starting from the bottom so this year I am not scared but excited to use digital packages to represent my ideas.

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I remember with my first 3D project I found it difficult to work on 4 different screens but it seems like after using cinema 4D it helped me to understand the use of it. It helps me to make sure that what I do in on view correlates in another as one perspective can be misleading. That is what I found tricky with my 3D tour around Bethnal Green station. Setting a 3D scene is one thing but making a camera going around is is another as you need to make sure that there is no gaps in walls etc.

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I find this to be great experience for me as I have never been an accurate, patient person and using digital packages teach me exactly that. It still takes practice but I will get there.

Almost final outcome wit the roof. I still needs some adjusting to be done.

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I have added on the picture of downstairs shops and the sky just to make the building feel real. Well the pictures of the shops downstairs doesn’t seem to be aligned with the rest so that needs some work to be done. Basically will recreate those too. The more work you do the more “perfect” you want it to be.

There is always more work that needs doing. When people look at the final they don’t think of the work that went into it and as I am a student that is still learning, I am documenting both research and progress of my projects.

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In my next blog I will show the final outcome and some ideas applied to it.

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