Richard Breen’s blog here gives the background to this project…
Richard Breen and I have been modelling Woodstock House, an estate which once stood in Kilkenny and was burnt down in 1922. We managed to get out hands on some plans relating to the fire compensation claim. These were quite good but only included one measurement. They were also quite skewed. Using photo manipulation software we managed to scale them and realign them so they were usable.
We imported them into 3dsmax, the three dimensional modelling package we are using for the project, and applied them as materials to horizontal and vertical planes as required. This took some time to get right but ultimately has proved to be a good guide.
From there the modelling could begin. As we are both novice with this software many lessons have been learned the hard way and time is a valuable and much used resource with this project. However, we did begin to make progress and slowly the walls went up. It seemed at the beginning that every element took an awful lot of time and effort and from that perspective it felt like the project could never end and was an impossible task, however, as we got more comfortable with the software and we began to understand its logic the processes seemed to become less difficult and we gathered some momentum.
Now that much of the architectural geometry has gone up we have begun modelling details such as windows and decorative flourishes. This has brought its own challenges now and the ‘boxiness’ of the main house seems like a gift compared to intricate doorways. It is certainly a more difficult art modelling smaller details but this also has a steep learning curve and some very satisfying results.
We have also been experimenting with materials. This has proved to be also quite tricky as we are trying to replicate something there is no real record of beyond the odd painting and some black and white photos. However, the estate’s architect Francis Bindon has some example of his work still standing, some of which resemble Woodstock very closely. For example, Carnelly House, pictured below, demonstrates many similarities and we have been able to make some more informed guesses and assumptions on that basis.
As we move forward Richard and I will update these blogs recording our progress. Our project’s most recent manifestation can be seen below.