Mecanoo architects won the competition for the National Kaohsiung Performing Arts Center, Taiwan. And Blender helped them do it.
Sander Boer says:
Blender is officially Up And Coming, you know this is happening when architects are winning competitions using it.
We just got news this morning that our office, Mecanoo architects, has won an architectural competition for a prestigious complex that houses no less than four theaters.
The center itself sounds like it will be amazing. Mecanoo's website says that at 100,000 m2 the National Performing Arts Centre is to become the largest theatre complex in Taiwan. The theatre complex will be located in the Wei-Wu-Ying Metropolitan Park and features a concert hall, an opera house, a theatre, a black box with a total of 5,800 seats and an open-air theatre suitable for thousands of visitors.
While Blender wasn't used to render. It was used to model small parts of the designs and for cleaning up. Rhino was used for most of the modeling and VRay rendered, with heavy post in Photoshop. The animations were actually rendered using Respower. The Blender sequencer was also used for sequencing the clips together. Some techniques were borrowed from Viralata's tutorial set on toon and sketch style renderings. A technique that Sander Boer states he learned from reading about it on Blendernation.
If you'd like to view the presentation that Mecanoo created all the clips are viewable at youtube.