Friday, December 28, 2007

Teotihuacan Rejuvenated - AW II

This was my first major achievement in the field and will always remain the most special project for me :) Due to this project, I got to meet so many people around the globe some of whom are good friends now, and I became a part of the 3D Allusions community which has become my online home now! Also, this is a topic very special to me and working on this project was the most enjoyable experience for me.

Here is the link to the Work in Progress Thread. Here is the link to the Final Image Gallery where you can see all other submissions for the contests. Below is the article I wrote for the results page which explains the design concept in brief:

Mesoamerican culture surrounded with mystique and beauty has always mesmerized me. The origin and demise of this ancient legacy are still debated upon. The roots of the concept were to give this heritage structure a shape and identity of my own. I wanted to interpret the design with a new and futuristic approach, yet preserving its classic aura and grandeur. The name, Teotihuacan implies place of those who have the roads of the Gods. This gave me the clue for selecting colors, textures and treatment of the site. The whole ambience had to be powerful yet subtle, modern, yet traditional.

The proportions are dictated by a modular triangle in golden proportion. My focus of design was the main pyramid: The Sun Temple and two other temples dedicated to The Jaguar and Eagle warriors, inspiring the shape of a claw. As one approaches the space, the architecture leads the focus from the colonnades to the central temple, to the topmost part, the main altar. On top of main altar is the Sun, a reflection of Heaven on Earth itself. Suspended between this Heaven and the Earth is the most sacred section of the temple, the ceremonial altar. The color scheme, materials and surrounding water body create a serene atmosphere in a place meant to be the Birthplace of Gods.


Rahul said...

Hey there,

Great piece of work! I guess you are more into architectural visualization but I would love to see this in a mystic environment because this imagery looks a lot similar to ancient American inspired architectures in Stars Wars.I think its obvious since you have taken the inspiration from the same. Well, I believe Lucas has taken inspirations from all the civilizations for Star Wars anyway take a look at some concept art from Star Wars here if you have missed it.

And next time I would suggest you to take the render in a dramatic camera angles and take it to Photoshop then add some atmosphere and composite in a great scene. Then it would surely kick A$$ more!


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h├ęctor allier said...

hey Neha, nice you run a blog now...will link it to my webpage once i get it shaped (very soon)...also would like to say thanks again!, you qere very supportive back then...still a long way to go in the 3d field for me but always inspired by work like yours.


Ankur said...

keep up the good work


Vivek said...

Just read about 'Teotihuacan' and 'Teotihuacan Rejuvenated'. good work :)