The Buda Castle Project was definitely the largest-scale modeling project we have ever done. Our customer’s – KÖZTI – goal was to completely revise the present stage of the Castle Hill, which is situated in the very heart of Budapest. The planning ranged from public transport to landscaping and the revival of several disused monuments. KÖZTI’s proposal consisted of dissection of actualities by presenting a detailed map, that focuses on problems and a master plan which gave answers to the problems
ZOA was requested to create the 3D Digital model of the complete site as a support for the design procedure and the creation of the master plan. After finishing the model that represents the present stage, we added certain elements, which were torn away during the decades past, or bombed in the world wars. These elements are indicated with an orangish color in our images. The whole modeling procedure took 2 month for 4 people.
The modeling – which we did mainly with editable polys – was divided into two parts:
1. One team was working on the buildings. This part was split up into smaller fragments. Managing teamwork was probably the most difficult task. Most of the houses were modeled individually using reference photos, several surveys created after the 2nd world war and google earth. In case of the more significant buildings – like the Mathias Church, Castle etc. – we were given more specific plans from archives.
2. Modeling the terrain was a completely different procedure. Getting decent 2D vector plans of the 150 acres area was pretty easy, but making it three dimensional was way too difficult. Just to get the z coordinate data out of three different sources (archive plans, GPS data and Waterworks of Budapest had a plan with height data of all their gullies) took us about a week. With all this data we had to develop a method where the 2D road-system was mapped onto a 3D proxy-terrain.
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