This image, from a 3-D visualization and rendering prepared by Tangram 3DS, depicts a multi-use building on Wright Avenue near the Portsmouth approach to the Memorial Bridge. It shows the new design that will replace the Connie Bean gym as well as the Parkside building. (COURTESY)
Portsmouth company offers design from another dimension
Many similar businesses and architectural firms have closed their doors, unable to weather the economic storm that stalled development and all the auxiliary needs associated with it for a period of about three years.
Vittori first became interested in 3D technology and how it could be used in architecture in the early 1990s in his home country of Austria. Computer-aided design (CAD) machines were just coming on the market, and Vittori immediately started familiarizing himself with the technology, which put him ahead of the curve when all architectural firms switched from hand drawings to CAD.
"Right away, we could see there was a need for what we do," Vittori said.
His first project was 18 Congress Street with Steve Kelm of Somma Studios and McHenry. Vittori was tasked with visualizing what the transformation of Market Square would look like with the demolition of the Eagle Photo building and the creation of the brick multi-use buildings that exist today.
"So I was looking for someone that could create a three-dimensional digital model we could use and could do double duty as a marketing tool and help in the design process," McHenry said.
"I was familiar with digital 3-D modeling, but the level of specification Tangram brought to the table . and the level of detail they were able to apply to the images was far greater than what we normally would do in our CAD drawings," McHenry said.
The projects have just kept coming since. Tangram 3DS has been involved with the Portwalk project, the new Portsmouth Public Library, the Hilton Harbor Hotel and the soon to be developed Parkside project on Wright Avenue at the Portsmouth approach to the Memorial Bridge.
They used the time to develop their portfolio and to branch out. Vittori started Solus 4 LLC, an architectural firm and launched Tangram IDS, focused on interactive design solutions.
He said the company's overall goals are quality and getting faster with what they do.
"The competition now is much stronger than it was before. The tools are more user-friendly and more readily available," Vittori said.
McHenry said today people live in a digital video game world and think it takes just the push of a few buttons on a computer to take a walk-through of a building.
Since 2012, things have been looking brighter for Tangram 3DS as more people come to expect such renderings and as development picks up, Vittori said, and with next year slated to be busier than ever he is looking to hire two additional staff in Kittery.