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Title: NYBT International Month
Post by: Vlasky on June 01, 2015, 07:12:00 PM
Welcome to the first
(http://i.imgur.com/b4fcuzv.png)

NYBT International Month is a project of NYBT long in the making. We wanted to give a little bit more of attention to the International style building from NYC and particularly Manhattan.
 
During the month of June we will be posting progress and revealing projects we've been all working on. As a month comes to a close, we will try our best to finish as many of the BATs and upload them to the StEx.
 
As usual, this thread will be a quick overview of the progress, and for more details head over to the each creator's individual BAT Thread in the NYBT sub-forum.
 
​Participation in this project has been confirmed by: Seraf, Aarong Graham, PBGV103, Vlasky and Darknono35 (but he has disappeared in the meantime).
Title: Re: NYBT International Month
Post by: Vlasky on June 01, 2015, 07:13:06 PM
Well guys I'm back with updates. As you know by now, we have been quietly working on the NYBT INternational Month for quite some time now. Finally, it is time to show you what we've been up to all that time.
 
First project I chose to reveal is 41 Madison Avenue, also known as the New York Merchandise Mart.
Most of the exterior has been done and all that is left to do is figure out how to do the interior and after that night lights. Also there is some room for improvement on the glass part. Here it is:

(http://i.imgur.com/fO6k5Eo.png)
Title: Re: NYBT International Month
Post by: reddonquixote on June 02, 2015, 04:30:59 AM
Looks great! My only comment would be the roof seems a bit clean? It is curious to see such transparent glass, is that what you mean by it needs improvement? It's going to be tricky glass to get right, the glass does have a lot of transparency at some angles, it might just be a case of adjusting the IOR to the right level... not sure.

Can't wait to see more  :thumbsup:

Title: Re: NYBT International Month
Post by: noahclem on June 02, 2015, 06:54:10 AM
Looks great  &apls  This is an exciting project I look forward to following. I do hope you won't include the base pavement as part of the final model though....
Title: Re: NYBT International Month
Post by: c.p. on June 02, 2015, 09:46:36 AM
Look good to me :thumbsup:  I agree with Noah about the base pavement.
Title: Re: NYBT International Month
Post by: art128 on June 02, 2015, 10:06:54 AM
Interesting idea, it sure is. I like it and will be following it... :)
Why no LEX upload too?
Same remark as Noah about the pavement at the base, though the building looks good model and texture wise. :)

THough, I fail to see how that is international style? If you ask me, a cube as a design for a building is pretty much very American style.
Title: Re: NYBT International Month
Post by: belfastsocrates on June 02, 2015, 11:07:00 AM
Looks fantastic!I would also echo the comments regarding the base texture
Title: Re: NYBT International Month
Post by: Simcoug on June 02, 2015, 11:49:03 AM
THough, I fail to see how that is international style? If you ask me, a cube as a design for a building is pretty much very American style.

I think they are referring to the architectural style category (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Style_%28architecture%29)
Title: Re: NYBT International Month
Post by: Aaron Graham on June 02, 2015, 12:58:18 PM
Simcoug Your right. :)


Paramount Plaza

Here's a gray render of my international for you guys. In this render the building is scaled a 133% let me know if the scaling is not right. :)

(http://i60.tinypic.com/332td21.jpg)
Title: Re: NYBT International Month
Post by: Aaron Graham on June 02, 2015, 05:59:32 PM
Paramount Plaza
 
Another update, I made a few change to the roof. :D

(http://i61.tinypic.com/mijt6e.jpg)
Title: Re: NYBT International Month
Post by: Aaron Graham on June 03, 2015, 05:36:28 AM
No support from anybody here. so, so sad. :(

Paramount Plaza

Here's an small update, I have worked on the some of the roof junk and a little bit of the entrance. :)

(http://i62.tinypic.com/2ppbsld.jpg)
Title: Re: NYBT International Month
Post by: art128 on June 03, 2015, 06:13:57 AM
No support from anybody here. so, so sad. :(

Keep in mind the traffic of SC4D is way smaller than that of Simtropolis. :)

Looking forward for even more progress. :)

Title: Re: NYBT International Month
Post by: reddonquixote on June 03, 2015, 09:26:25 AM
Yeah, these kind of small updates aren't going to get the same kind of reception they once did, doesn't matter which site you're at. Never fear - you make beautiful models Aaron. SC4 is still (for now) the greatest city-building game and you're still a big apart of that, don't forget it  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: NYBT International Month
Post by: Simcoug on June 03, 2015, 12:19:24 PM
Yep yep yep... so cool Aaron!  This is a monster of a building, can't wait to see your beautiful textures.
Title: Re: NYBT International Month
Post by: Jack_wilds on June 03, 2015, 07:03:37 PM
lurking and loitering...  :P

too busy at the pet shop...

just nothing clever to add to the progress...  ???

like peering through the knot of the wooden fence...   :popcorn:

should I have somethin to pipe-up about I will...  :satisfied:

oh... its all looking good so far... :)
Title: Re: NYBT International Month
Post by: c.p. on June 04, 2015, 01:55:13 PM
Beautifully detailed model so far, especially the roof :thumbsup:
Title: Re: NYBT International Month
Post by: Aaron Graham on June 04, 2015, 10:09:54 PM
art128- Thank you, and your right about the traffic. :P

reddonquixote- Thank you buddy!!!! :O

Simcoug- Thank you!!!

Jack_wilds- Lol, still at the petshop and thank you. :D

c.p.- Thank you!!!


Paramount Plaza

Another update. Still some work to do on the roof and I'm still battling it. :)

(http://i61.tinypic.com/5b368n.jpg)
Title: Re: NYBT International Month
Post by: noahclem on June 06, 2015, 11:57:43 AM
You're great work here keeps getting better  :bnn:
Title: Re: NYBT International Month
Post by: belfastsocrates on June 06, 2015, 01:39:40 PM
Looking fantastic thus far.
Title: Re: NYBT International Month
Post by: Vlasky on June 07, 2015, 05:18:10 AM
reddonquixote: Well yes, I do think roof concrete textures need a bit of dirtying up. Most likely I will use bit brighter material with darn42's procedural dirt masking. As for glass, I want it to be a bit more reflective, but it will remain pretty much transparent. I have discussed with PBGV103 the method he uses to populate the interior He uses proxies of furniture and I think I will try that as well on this one. It should make night lights easy as well.

noahclem and c.p. and belfastsocrates : Thanks guys. I will not be including that material on the plaza. Not only because of itself, but also because I do plan to have a lot that will be to measure with RL dimensions, for recreationists, which is more setback from Madison Avenue than what you currently see in render. However it will be there but invisible to cameraso that metal facade of the base has something to reflect.

art128: Thanks. Well it is just a matter of copy/paste from SImtropolis Text. What I do think will unfortunately happen is that the upload will be late. As with Maritime Exchange building (still not on the LEX) I will need someone to modd it to be CAM-patible. As for the International style, Simcoug explained it.

Aaron Graham: Buddy, you know how strongly I feel about this building and I'm happy you're killing it so far!

Update:
Well since I didn't get around to working on the 41 Madison I have to reveal the second BAT, right?

The Second BAT from me for the NYBT International Month is J.P. Stevens Company Tower or 1185 Sixth Avenue.

(http://i.imgur.com/5vbIP1q.png)

That's a zoom4. Zoom5 of the roof and the plaza behind the building (little pines are missing from this render)

(http://i.imgur.com/22vgU3G.png)  (http://i.imgur.com/nmqLCrs.png)

As for this building, the whole ground floor needs remodeling and adding details, there is also an annex behind with gallery/theater and a "bridge" connecting the tower and the annex that I need to model. The Plan is to have the tower with Plaza available for growable/ploppable purposes and the version with annex for the recreationists. I'd like to have a diagonal version as well.
Title: Re: NYBT International Month
Post by: reddonquixote on June 07, 2015, 06:23:47 AM
Wow.. absolutely stunning!! Love it  ;D
Title: Re: NYBT International Month
Post by: Bipin on June 07, 2015, 07:49:49 AM
Great work so far!  &apls
Title: Re: NYBT International Month
Post by: romualdillo on June 07, 2015, 01:30:30 PM
Great work!!!!  &apls
Title: Re: NYBT International Month
Post by: Aaron Graham on June 08, 2015, 02:45:57 AM
Sterling Drug Company Building

This could be a new project for "International Month", the building does not look to hard to make and it does not have a plaza that will slow things down.

Here's the links to the buidling. :D


(http://i61.tinypic.com/2nk07if.jpg)

(http://i57.tinypic.com/1h8bdg.jpg)


Emporis Link:

http://www.emporis.com/buildings/115573/sterling-drug-company-building-new-york-city-ny-usa

Google Maps Link:]

https://www.google.com/maps/@40.750162,-73.979096,3a,75y,336.68h,106t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sUm0QIxwlFEoRCtTqE_eAtQ!2e0
Title: Re: NYBT International Month
Post by: seraf on June 08, 2015, 06:54:24 PM
You are trying to make me feel guilty about me doing only one building for the IM aren't you? ;)



Anyway, here's my building for the International Month, 27E27thStreet:

(http://www.ld-host.de/uploads/images/0faf4b551c9ef1147bd8869e190669e0.png) (http://www.ld-host.de/uploads/images/0faf4b551c9ef1147bd8869e190669e0.png)
Title: Re: NYBT International Month
Post by: Aaron Graham on June 12, 2015, 09:23:13 AM
Looks great buddy, I'm not trying to make you feel guilty. I would love to see you do something tall. :P

 
Paramount Plaza
 
Here's a render, I'm working on the glass trying to get an idea to make it better.
 
(http://i62.tinypic.com/2ebxymr.jpg)
Title: Re: NYBT International Month
Post by: c.p. on June 12, 2015, 02:00:44 PM
I like the clear glass, and how you can see the shadows falling across the floors, and that some of the blinds are down or partially down.  The main part of the tower looks very good to me. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: NYBT International Month
Post by: romualdillo on June 13, 2015, 10:23:17 AM
Fantastic buildings!!!
Title: Re: NYBT International Month
Post by: Aaron Graham on June 17, 2015, 10:18:25 AM
romualdillo- Thank you!!! :D


Sterling Drug Company Building

Here's an update on the building still has a way to go. :)

(http://i57.tinypic.com/29q01gw.jpg)
Title: Re: NYBT International Month
Post by: Jack_wilds on June 17, 2015, 06:27:52 PM
so far so good...  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: NYBT International Month
Post by: Aaron Graham on June 21, 2015, 12:39:49 PM
NYBT Sterling Drug Company Building


Test render, after test, render after, test render, and now I have an update. All the testing was for the glass and the building facade color, the renders were lasting up to one hour and it's twelve minutes, I went through a lot and I still have more work to do. I need to work on the lower floors, the rest of the curtains, the roof and the inside of the building. :)

(http://i61.tinypic.com/282opk.jpg)

Title: Re: NYBT International Month
Post by: Girafe on June 22, 2015, 03:02:41 PM
Good job.

I would tweak a little bit the glass:

- make it a little bit more reflexive
- play with the refraction max distance color as you have your blinds close to the windows it will not change the color of the blinds but change the color of the floor when you don t have blinds, I would go for a dark brown from the pics of the building I have seen. It will give more "depth".

 ;)
Title: Re: NYBT International Month
Post by: Aaron Graham on June 25, 2015, 08:31:58 PM
Girafe- Thank you, I have added more reflection, I will do the other stuff in my next render to see it it will look good.


NYBT Sterling Drug Company Building

Here's a small update, still more to do.

(http://i60.tinypic.com/r72m81.jpg)
Title: Re: NYBT International Month
Post by: c.p. on June 26, 2015, 12:46:16 PM
Looking good :thumbsup:
Title: Re: NYBT International Month
Post by: FlyHigh on July 07, 2015, 08:42:56 AM
Very nice initiative! Personally I hate International Style architecture but but appreciate good architecture you need to have bad one  :satisfied:
Title: Re: NYBT International Month
Post by: Simcoug on July 07, 2015, 10:54:56 AM
Very cool Aaron!  This will be a great addition to many CBD's.
Title: Re: NYBT International Month
Post by: noahclem on July 08, 2015, 01:13:54 PM
Excellent progress  &apls &apls
Title: Re: NYBT International Month
Post by: Aaron Graham on July 18, 2015, 05:01:29 AM
Thank you guys!!! D

Sterling Drug Company Building

Looks like I'm getting lazy again. :P Here's a small update, I still have a lot of work to do before this building is finished. :) Something is wrong with the windows on the lower setbacks, it's the white curtains. It's not rendering the glass, so I will have to do something to fix that.

(http://i57.tinypic.com/155gumg.jpg)
Title: Re: NYBT International Month
Post by: deora on July 18, 2015, 05:10:38 AM
I see what you mean with the unrendered curtains.Did the Program ran out of capacity or just a minor hiccup which disappears after a new render session?
However, it still looks amazing.We definately need more NYBT months, maybe with smaller projects than highrisers.... ::) (whispering voice: rowhoused :D)
Title: Re: NYBT International Month
Post by: c.p. on July 20, 2015, 12:42:35 PM
Looks like it's coming along nicely.  Other than the unrendered glass, the texturing seems perfect so far. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: NYBT International Month
Post by: seraf on July 21, 2015, 09:52:33 AM
It will be a great BAT Aaron :)

My building is almost finished:

(http://www.ld-host.de/uploads/images/b32be9fe85c46874cf51bf3198c501fd.png) (http://www.ld-host.de/uploads/images/b32be9fe85c46874cf51bf3198c501fd.png)

I have to add some things in the night view but it's mainly finished:

(http://www.ld-host.de/uploads/images/685bddb6b1e13486874b1036f9f21d4f.png) (http://www.ld-host.de/uploads/images/685bddb6b1e13486874b1036f9f21d4f.png)
Title: Re: NYBT International Month
Post by: romualdillo on July 22, 2015, 11:02:18 AM
Great work seraf!!! &apls The night view looks fantastic already!!
Title: Re: NYBT International Month
Post by: reddonquixote on July 24, 2015, 03:11:41 AM
Aaron - Wonderful work buddy. Looking forward to seeing the glass reflections progress some more. &apls

Seraf - Very professional looking result as we've come to expect from you. The nightlights are looking very nice. Suggest check them in-game make sure they aren't too dim though? They look great on the actual model  :thumbsup:

Vlasky - Come back please! Don't leave us hanging with another mostly finished masterpiece  :D
Title: Re: NYBT International Month
Post by: seraf on July 29, 2015, 09:03:28 PM
Thanks guys! New York Life Insurance Company Annex is available on the STEX :)

On that happy note I'm back to my columns and cornices ;)