We’re not sure if this might be a game-changer. We see a lot of apartment renders, but we’ve never seen any quite like these for a new residential tower in Nairobi.
Designed by London-based Richard Keep Architects and Henry Goss Architects, the building is set to be built in Nairobi, Kenya. And when it came to creating the renders to market the building, visualisation studio The Boundary, co-run by Goss, took a different route to the norm.
We’re used to seeing perfect renders of yet-to-be-built high-end apartments, perfectly lit on perfectly sunny, blue sky days. But The Boundary left this expected approach behind.
Instead, they decided to portray the 30-storey tower in a more realistic, less than perfect climate. In these renders, for example, it’s raining. It’s misty. And the ‘cameraman’ doesn’t get everything perfectly in the shot.
The result is a series of murky renders that portray the apartment building as though it were captured by a real camera in the real world. In fact, it almost looks like a location in some dystopian future sci-fi movie. In some renders, the top of the building is almost completely obscured by fog.
Speaking to dezeen, Henry Goss explained, “We always think of ourselves as architectural photographers inhabiting a virtual 3D world rather than computer illustrators or painters in a more traditional sense.”
Located in the business district, the mixed-use building will comprise apartments, penthouses and office spaces with retail and restaurants connecting it to the surrounding city. And it’s the city’s climate that inspired the visualisation approach.
Explains Goss, “Contrary to my original preconceptions of an equatorial city in Africa, Nairobi is in fact not searingly hot with blazing sun and clear skies the year round, but rather has 926 millimetres of rain per year compared with London's 621 millimetres.”
We’re not sure if we can expect more ‘realistic’ renders like these, with murky skies and thick fog. But they certainly got us talking about the building.