I've been wanting to post this SketchUp model for a long time, but I didn't have a handy place to put a 117 MB file! Now I do. SketchUp has been a very helpful tool for our Las Catalinas planning. Our wonderful topography really is sort of a secret ingredient for Las Catalinas. It lets everyone enjoy the wonderful views, the vertical separation between houses enhances privacy, it is wonderfully dramatic and just plain cool! But these hilltown conditions are also challenging for designers and architects who are used to working on flatter ground, and SketchUp can help with that.
If you are game for a little computer fun and you have a reasonably powerful machine and fast internet, go download a free copy of the SketchUp software here. Then download a copy of the Las Catalinas model here. Open the model up and you will be able to walk around the virtual neighborhood, jump up to any balcony or window to see what the view is like from there, etc. Here is my super basic lesson:
Click on Views, Toolbars, Large Tool Set. That will open all the tools you need on the left hand side of your window.
I think that should be enough to get you going! I hope you enjoy, and I must say it is pretty dern cool!
This model is neither completely accurate or completely up to date with the latest designs - but it is close enough to be useful (and fun). Heading forward we are not going to attempt to put in much architectural detail in to the models - just volumes with roofs. From the design point of view that is where SketchUp is most useful, as it allows us check views and "feel" the public spaces a bit.
Here are a couple more images taken from the model...
Finally, here is a movie walkthrough of the SketchUp model we have for one of our upcoming phases, which we did a while ago. (If the movie gets stuck near the beginning give it a little boost on the slider bar - not idea why that is happening...)
The plazas and places throughout Las Catalinas have something to offer for any event and occasion, from meeting spaces to meditation platforms, from dining with the family to sports pavilions and many more.
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