The flying saucer resembling ”Volcano House” looks out over a 60-acre property midway between Las Vegas and Los Angeles in Newberry Springs. The house was designed by architect Harold J. Bissner, Jr. in 1968 and belonged to broadcaster Huell Howser until his death recently. The inspiration? San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, a nuclear plant in northwestern San Diego county. Now, it’s been donated to Chapman University.
Architectural designer Victor Enrich created these intriguing works of art through a combination of photography and 3D digital rendering.
“A combination of photography and 3D architectural visualization is used. Once the object is chosen, it is shot from a point easy to recognize by users, not pretending to achieve the greatest picture ever, but instead, a picture that anybody could do. The shot is the basis to produce a replica of the building by using very detailed photogrammetric techniques that end with the creation of a three-dimensional model that fits almost perfectly into the picture.”
Selgas Cano Architecture Office
Photo: Maricel Cruz
The BP Pedestrian Bridge, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Frank Gehry, spans Columbus Drive to connect Daley Bicentennial Plaza with Millennium Park, both parts of the larger Grant Park in Chicago. Clad in brushed stainless steel plates the bridge’s sheen changes throughout the day as the sun travels across the sky and serves as a noise barrier for traffic sounds from Columbus Drive.