Erin Mills Town Centre, Toronto
As glass specialists, our team was tasked with providing a design concept for a feature element for the Erin Mills Town Centre Revitalization project. We were responsible for conceptualizing, designing, engineering, and producing shop drawings for tender.
An exterior shot of the steel penetration at the perimeter glass. Some design challenges at this stage were firstly ensuring that the steel was thermally broken as it penetrated the glass. Secondly, I needed to ensure that all the silicone joints at the perimeter glass matched with the silicone joints of the main glass sphere. Easier said than done, as all the glass on the main sphere was tilting at a 23.5 degree angle. Ensuring that all the joints matched was expedited using some clever modeling in Grasshopper.
A shot looking up from the second level of Erin Mills. The steel rings are too prominent in this shot. When considering the painted finish on the steel rings, they would blend much more into the sky than is shown in this rendering.
An exterior shot of the glass sphere. The number of ray-tracing reflections was far too high for this shot. As a result, the globe appears to be glowing - too much reflected light. I also have an issue with the concrete texture use for the roof of the mall. Not only is the actual roof not concrete, but the texture is scaled far too large.
A preliminary structural steel connection to the base building. This connection was completely redesigned as this one provided limited movement for on-site adjustment. The revised design was never rendered as we had already moved onto producing shop drawings for tender. Also, notice the wavy refraction in the glass. This problem was caused by overlapping vertices from importing the Rhino model into Modo. The problem was eventually solved by merging all polygon vertices located within 0.01" of one another.
Our client wanted some renderings done showing how the globe looked through to mall clerestory. I decided that an animation would be far more effective than providing a finite number of rendering at an interval distance from the glass sphere. As an aside, I also took some time to create the RJC branding preceding the video. Wanted to take an opportunity to get some branding in there.
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