The Grand Central Hotel + Condo in Chicago was a project undertaken by a group including myself as part of a final demonstration of topics mastered during a class concerning real estate finance fundamentals. The challenge involved developing a mixed use retail/hotel/condominium project in the South Loop of Chicago just south of the Congress Parkway and east of the South Branch of the Chicago River. My contribution focused on the financial and space allotment aspects of the project, determining the precise size of hotel and condo units as well as the unit mix in both components in order to provide a conservative yet appealing financial return for investors. This involved extensive zoning research to determine how to maximize building space and revenue while remaining within municipal provisions.
This was a two story vacation house project on Lake Michigan in Covert, Michigan. The house features a full-width balcony with access to the living space and every bedroom. This lake front house can be enjoyed year round, with an indoor heated resistance swimming pool and basement recreation room for use during winter.
The initial project was done as a hand drafting exercise and expanded into 3Ds Max at a later date. The following animation was rendered in 3Ds Max and edited in Adobe Premiere. The animation begins with a orbit over the house followed by an interior and exterior tour. This is followed by a flyover showing the various programmatic elements, with the conclusion being a sun study of the master bedroom.