Paradise on Earth: the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi

November 2, 2022

Powdery white sand. Golden sunshine. Azure blue waves. The towering palm trees gently swaying in the breeze.

With this magnificent backdrop in place, our clients- Assets Real Estate Development, set out to build a stunning luxury hotel- the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi.

When we were approached to create the interior and exterior architectural visualizations for this project, we were immediately enthralled by the unspoiled beauty of the Ithaafushi island. We knew that the biggest challenge of this project would be doing justice to its exquisite natural landscape by making the 3D renders as accurate and detailed as possible.

Read on to learn more about the rendering process and the steps we took to create 3D renders that are truly a work of art.

The Client Requirement

The client, Assets, is a leading real estate development firm from Qatar. They have an extensive portfolio of iconic projects across the world and we were honored to work with them on the landmark they have created in the Maldives.

Once we received the briefing from the client, we understood the massive scale of the project. The 3D renders had to capture the property’s awe-inspiring interiors and exteriors. The exterior visualizations of the property had to cover the outdoor seating areas, overwater villas, bamboo nests, and pools spread throughout the property. Simultaneously, the interior renderings needed to communicate the vibe of the thoughtfully-designed guest rooms that radiate peace and calm.

While the digital renders needed to showcase the expanse of the hotel using bird-eye view renders, they also needed to highlight small elements like the luxurious bed linen and bathroom fittings. No detail was considered too minute. And with the brief in place, our team at Render Atelier got started on this project.

The Render Atelier Experience

Render Atelier is a boutique 3D rendering company with a difference. Our team consists of the best interior designers, architects, and digital artists in the industry, who are passionate about creating hyper-realistic renders. They combine precision with poetry to create spectacular renders that are technically sound and have a unique artistic flair.

At Render Atelier we only take on a limited number of projects a year- this allows us to do justice to each client’s requirements and exceed their expectations. We treat your goals, end-customers, and reputation as ours, a quality which has helped us carve out a loyal client base across North America, Europe, and the Middle East.

The Rendering Process

Let us now take you through our tried and tested project flow that helps us deliver great results each time.

First and foremost, we spent considerable time getting the project brief from the client. After all, no one understands the project vision better than the masterminds behind it. This stage involved multiple brainstorming sessions between the client and our creative team where we went over existing sketches and received additional information about the project.

Once the scope of work was finalized, we shared the timelines and budget from our end. At Render Atelier, we believe in defining and demarcating each stage of the project and setting clear milestones. This helps us stay on the same page with the clients and improves the workflow.

Next, it was time for our team of experts to get to work. Keeping the brief in mind, we created multiple versions of the renderings and shared regular drafts with the client to get their feedback. The rendering process was divided into two stages: we started with creating the architecture and landscape of the property. Next, we added in smaller elements like the sun loungers and cutlery in post production. Our digital artists used 3DStudio Max and Corona Render to create magical exterior renders. Forrest Pack was used to add in natural elements like trees and plants.

The client was assigned a dedicated point of contact to give them real time updates and answer any queries about the rendering process. We find it helpful to make rendering a collaborative process and incorporate the client’s suggestions at every stage. We also set up regular video calls to keep the communication channels open.

Once we made the revisions and our team was happy with the renderings we shared them with the client for the final approval. They gave us the green signal and we shared the high-resolution files with them. It was truly that seamless.

The Final Renders

Our team worked for months to create renders that represented the natural and man-made beauty of the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi. Our renders showcased the diverse restaurants, different categories of villas, the state-of-the-art amenities, and the pristine island itself.

Now that you’ve learned about our process, it’s time to take a look at the final renderings. You can view them here. If you’re looking for hyper-realistic interior, architectural, product, or real-estate renderings, partner with Render Atelier! We’ll be happy to create a custom package based on your budget and requirements. Email us at [email protected] or fill out this form to get unforgettable renders for your next project.