edith green wendell wyatt federal office building

cutler anderson architects & sera architects // portland, OR

This high-profile GSA project was undertaken at the height of the recession in 2009. There were many stakeholders in the process, and as a result there were many design changes throughout the process of creating of these renderings. Sustainability and state-of-the-art "green" features were central to the design concept, especially the 250-foot-tall living screen proposed for the west elevation. At the time, it would have been the tallest of its kind in the world.

This ground-level view in particular was subjected to a great deal of scrutiny - therefore, a unique approach was developed that allowed for maximum flexibility right up to completion. For instance, the glazing, fins, exterior planting and "shelves" were all modeled separately and composited in Photoshop so they could be adjusted independently. The planting was shown in different seasons as well, shown here in full summer growth while the aerial rendering shows an autumn condition.

Here's a short time-lapse video showing the steps involved in creating the daytime "Summer" rendering.

A more detailed walkthrough of the "no plugin" rendering method for the aerial rendering.