Oct. 06, 2020, by Nicolas Paulhac
Parametric Cities: a 2021 Collection of Materials
We decided to give Archviz experts even more tools to design entire cities: get inspired with our 2020-2021 catalogue!
Today is a special day. Substance Source becomes the perfect home for a (gigantic) batch of new materials. The title clued you in: it’s all about buildings! And we might possibly have gone way over the top this time.
There are full building facades, structural construction materials, interior design and decoration textures, so there’s a chance the material of your dream is in here. And if it’s not, don’t forget to check last year’s collection of powerful assets designed especially for Archviz experts.
However, the need for speed of execution should in no way drive you to sacrifice photorealism and creative freedom. The facades are fully parametric, meaning that every aspect can be changed. From the material of the walls to the proportion of the windows, their color — even the lintel design and the ledges at every story: everything adapts to your need and taste.
And to truly give the illusion of realism, your building needs to feel inhabited, and that means finding a way to infer the life that is happening behind the curtains.
The parametric facades includes parameters to selectively vary the details of each window. You can decide to open or close the curtains, roll down the shutters, and choose between daylight or night-time mode to get a completely randomized final result.
Metal foams are a cellular structure consisting of a solid metal with gas-filled pores comprising a large portion of the volume. The pores can be sealed or interconnected. Metal foams are lightweight, have exceptional mechanical resistance, and provide sound and thermal insulation.
Plastic foams are a type of polymers which include void and cells within the polymer. This cellular structure forms by impregnation of a physical or chemical blowing agent. Also called “expanded plastics”, foams possess inherent features that make them suitable for shock absorption, thermal and sound insulation, even captation of interior ambient pollution. They are also very easy to form cut and assemble.
Ceramic foams are astonishingly lightweight, while sharing the desirable visual qualities of ceramic.