Model Works + heata: flythrough animation

Case Studies
Oct 11, 2023

Model Works + heata: flythrough animation

Case Studies
Oct 11, 2023

Our client:

Model Works craft beautiful digital and physical experiences for architecture. Services include CGIs, Animation, Interactive Experiences and Scale Models as well as LVIA and Verified Photomontages. They have worked on Bankside Yards, Hylo and were heavily involved in the relaunch of Battersea Power Station - one of London’s most recently updated landmarks.You can find out more about them here.

The project:

A flythrough animation for Landsec’s n2 Victoria development in London.
n2 Victoria

A 160,000 sq. ft, 18 storey office building built to a sustainability conscious design with a progressive approach to work and wellbeing (targeting a WELL Gold certification). n2 Victoria is creating a vibrant, connected community in the heart of Victoria and benefits from an outdoor terrace on every floor.

At 2 minutes / 2880 frames and around 45 minutes per frame to render, the animation was challenging to deliver for their own workstations. Edward, CGI Director at Model Works, was looking for cloud rendering support.

With sustainability a key driver for Landsec and an area that Model Works is looking to improve in, heata enabled Model Works to offer Landsec a benefit beyond the creation of the visualisation itself. The team at Landsec loved the positive impact; the reduction in carbon generated rendering the animation, but also the social impact of the free hot water for families in the heata network.

You can find out more about the development and see the flythrough here.

Their client:

Landsec is one of the largest real estate companies in Europe, with a portfolio of retail, leisure, workspace and residential hubs, and aims to deliver environmental and social sustainability in their placemaking.You can find out more about them here.

Job specifications:

  • 2 minutes, 24 fps
  • 2,880 frames
  • 1280 x 720 px
  • HD resolution
  • Render time per frame: ~45 minutes

Software and plugins:

  • 3DS Max 
  • Corona 
  • Anima 
  • Forest Pack
Icons of the software used: 3DS Max, Corona, Anima and Forest Pack.

Direct impact:

The animation saved 250kg of carbon and generated 14 tonnes of free hot water – that’s over 300 showers or around 108 days of hot water for an average family – saving the households’ around £176 on their bills.


It was great to work with a studio that really appreciated the benefit of rendering with heata, and it was great to hear that their client responded so positively to taking this approach. If you’re focused on sustainability, or your clients are, we’d love to discuss how we can help.

Get in touch with Jay if you’d like to talk things through:

If you value sustainability, you can get 20% off your first render with heata here:

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