We support The Boundary’s architectural visualisation business with a suite of platforms: a portfolio website; an enterprise web app to streamline their workflow and present work to clients; and a digital store.
The portfolio website’s purpose it to let the images and videos do the heavy lifting. A minimal design does just that, and the most common response we get when show it off is “Wow. Is that CGI?”
The web app to streamline their workflow (named The Boundary Live) ended a reliance on numerous off-the-shelf products that never quite worked in the way they were needed to. Now clients can log-in and approve work without sending numerous emails back and forth. The platform has become so integral to the company’s business, and so easy to use, that they are investing in ever more functions to support different departments.
The digital store sells downloads of the Boundary’s CGI scenes and models.
The Boundary Explore
Our latest project, The Boundary Explore, takes their existing 3D modelling work to a whole new level, allowing users to "tour" a virtual rendering of an apartment in real time — with just an ordinary internet connection.
As part of the experience, users can step through each room of the apartment, stop to look around in 360 degrees, and even switch between daytime and nighttime lighting to get a full experience of the space. The model also takes account of furniture, so that you'll never see a view that would require you to stand in the middle of a kitchen counter or on top of a bed. (Though of course in real life you might quite like jumping on beds.)
We built The Boundary Explore website using the existing design framework of the main Boundary site, to ensure a consistent user experience between domains. The viewer technology itself is supplied via a third-party iframe, which we embed to ensure it always fills the browser window and adjusts to screen size to provide the most immersive possible experience. Meanwhile we overlay the Boundary's own controls to make the tool feel like a seamless part of their own site.
The Boundary Live
The Boundary Live is the company’s client-facing review platform (it's also their intranet and digital handbook). Most of its contents are confidential, but if you get in touch we’ll be able to share more information in confidence.
You can see more information on our enterprise web apps in our insight article: Designing for ultra niche audiences — a look at our behind-the-scenes projects
The Boundary Store was created in response to numerous requests to make their scenes and models available for purchase. Aspiring CGI artists can now access some of the richest architectural models, many with accompanying tutorials and documentation — “providing an in depth analysis of how each aspect of the scene was developed thus providing a thorough step by step guide to unpicking the detail and intricacy of each project.”
Check out the beautiful 🥥!