Monday, November 18, 2013



I have added specular and bump maps for materials used so far in the modelling of the Maison Bordeaux. This has added depth to the realism of the design: 

The Maison Bordeaux has three main elements - concrete, steel and glass. Each element is made differently, corrodes differently and has different life spans. 

Glass is made from a base of silica (sand) with other materials added depending on the desired properties of the glass. The materials are then heated to a very high temperature and fused together. In a state of decay, glass does not decompose or decay. However, because of its fragile state it is expected to crack and break as the rest of the building shifts around due to the decaying process. 

Steel is made from iron ore and melted with other materials. It is used in buildings for its tensile and compressive strength. In the Maison Bordeaux, steel has been used throughout to add strenght to the structure. It is evident in the main beam, the I beam on the roof and it also would have been used in the reinforcing of the concrete features. If left unmaintained, steel will rust and corrode over time. Structural systems made from steel would fail as the steels strength is hampered by the rust. It is expected that, due to the Bordeaux's fragile structure, once one of the steel parts fail, the rest would follow. 

Concrete is made by mixing sand and other substances together, and cures through the use of water. Concrete is used in buildings for its compressive strength as well as a fire-proofer for steel construction. In the Maison Bordeaux, concrete is used throughout - in the floors, walls, ceilings. It is expected that the concrete in the Bordeaux would feature steel reinforcing. Concrete fails through exposure to the weather, most importantly rain/water. It is expected that after 100 years, the concrete in the Bordeaux would deteriorate significantly.

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