Me and a team of three others were tasked with researching and analysing the work of Steven Holl, namely the Nanjing Sifang Art Museum in China. We were immediately taken with the reaching form and translucent materials. Holl's use of light became a major influence in our work at large.


Initially, my team and I reconstructed the museum physically using foam-core and glue. This gave us a great 360 degree view of the entire building, and gave us an intuitive understanding of the space and how it fit together.

Final physical model.


I took lead for our 3D model, building it from floor plans, photo reference, and our own physical model to fill in the blanks.

Inside the main gallery.

Outside, looking across the courtyard.

Within the raised gallery wing.


Our team was told to match camera angles of actual photos of the site, so my job was to recreate the referenced photos as near-perfect as I could. This process begins by laying out matching camera angles.

Pre-compositional Render

Once I have taken a rough render, I begin compositing textures, background elements, adding splashes of light, and colour correction. Since I had never done compositing before, I wasn't sure how intuitive it would be to me. At the end of the week I was very happy with how they turned out, and the techniques I had learned.

Post-compositional Render

Reference Photo from Sifang Art Museum

Pre-compositional Render

Post-compositional Render

Reference Photo from e-architect