GMJ Design Limited :: Let us show you the future.

Future illustration, ideas, communication and software company that creates images of future architecture and the built environment, transport systems, energy production and visions of the impact of climate change on the world around us.

GMJ create rich digital landscapes that tell compelling stories about the future of our built environment. Stories that people can enter in to, believe and understand.

We are committed to pushing the limits of technology and technique in pursuit of the most convincing images. We are innovative by nature, and our commitment to developing new tools and pioneering new approaches allows us to continue to shape the industry we created.

GMJ was founded in 1990 with a vision to reinvent the grand tradition of architectural illustration and model-making for the 21st century by pushing the boundaries of digital technology.

Since then, GMJ has become a leading force in the production of high-resolution photomontage imagery pioneering the use of verified planning visualisation imagery, immersive virtual reality presentations and interactive real time 3D tools. Today, our innovations continue to shape the industry we created – witness our GMJ Citymodel and our new software PointFixer a revolution in rapid modelling from 3d laser data.

News

WIRED COVER

Wired Magazine hires GMJ for UK launch cover

Inspired by GMJ’s London Futures online exhibition which was featured online by the BBC, Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail, Conde Nast’s award winning US futurist magazine, Wired, commissioned GMJ to design a vision of London’s future for the cover of their UK launch.

The three part cover visualises London in the present, near and far futures, bringing to life GMJ’s and Wired’s predictions for new modes of transport and energy production, anticipated shortages of land and the far future possibilities of floating cities and space travel using elevators.

3 HOUSES

GMJ assess environmental impact of 3 Houses development in Southwark

Sellar Property have appointed GMJ to create the Visual Impact Assessment Imagery for the tallest residential development in the UK, their new 3 Houses development in Southwark. The project is being designed by world leading Swiss architects Herzog and De Meuron working with Townscape Consultant Nick Bridges (responsible for the Shard) and DP9 Planning Consultants.

The GMJ London CityModel has been used extensively throughout the planning process to explore optimum positioning for the development taking into account environmental factors such as light, shadow and historic lines of site.

CENTRE POINT

Centre Point redevelopment visualised by GMJ for Targetfollow

Targetfollow has appointed GMJ to create the Visual Impact Assessment Imagery for their proposed re-development the Centre Point complex.

The GMJ London CityModel has been used extensively throughout the planning process to explore optimum positioning for the development taking into account environmental factors such as light, shadow and historic lines of site.

The re-development is being designed by Grimshaw Architects working alongside Montagu Evans as planning consultants.

KINGS CROSS

GMJ visualise Kings Cross development for Argent

The £2bn regeneration of Kings Cross is one of the UK's largest and most prestigious projects involving 20 historic buildings, 8 million square feet of mixed-use floor space and several star architects including John McAslan, Allies and Morrison, David Chipperfield, , Eric Parry, Caruso St John, Porphyrios Associates and Wilkinson Eyre.

Forming part of Allies and Morrison's masterplan, Pancras Square is a proposed piazza between St Pancras and Kings Cross surrounded by eight new buildings which GMJ were commissioned to produce a series of evocative illustrations for.

SOUTHWARK

Southwark licence digital London model for skyline plan

Southwark Council are working with architectural visualisation consultancy GMJ using their 44 sq km London CityModel, to create a virtual skyline into which proposed buildings of the Elephant and Castle regeneration area will be positioned for assessment.

Forming part of their long term planning strategy, Southwark’s professional team along with planning consultants Tibbalds and architects Make, will use GMJ’s digital model to examine a range of scenarios for proposed buildings including the impact of height and density along with the affect on residential buildings, public places and the urban mix.

THFC

GMJ win Tottenham Hotspur redevelopment project

THFC appointed GMJ to create new launch imagery and to produce the Visual Impact Assessment images for the new THFC stadium and redevelopment at White Hart Lane.

The world class 8 scheme, known as The Northumberland Redevelopment Project includes the new KSS designed 60,000 seat stadium plus a hotel, a residential and office development and a new supermarket masterminded by Make Architects located around the new stadium.

The 8ha site covers an existing industrial estate and incorporates 500 homes designed by Make, as well as new public space, a club museum and shops, with landscaping by Martha Schwartz.

VISUALISATION

Visualisation is critical in communicating any new project. It is the only effective way to bring shape to an idea.

Our work provides a range of sophisticated tools for promoting proposed developments throughout the design, planning and marketing stages for architects, developers, potential clients, planners and local communities.

From high-resolution static images to full fly-through sequences, live action films and immersive presentation environments, we visualise future developments with a deceptively simple realism that brings them to life.

PLANNING SERVICE

GMJ pioneered ‘verified planning imagery’ as a new process in 1994. Combining survey data, photography and the 3D proposal model an accurate and verifiable image of the planned proposal can be generated. Today, most major Central London planning projects require ‘verified imagery’ or as it is better known today ‘accurate visual representation’ (AVR) views for Townscape Visual Impact Documentation.

In addition, GMJ have created GMJ Citymodel which represents an important breakthrough for architects and developers preparing planning applications in London. Projects can now be assessed using innovative new methods that were not previously available; GMJ View Shed impact studies, view scoping reports and customised planning views, site-specific 3D build envelopes and light and shade studies can be generated in hours, not weeks.

By using GMJ London CityModel at the beginning of the design process the build parameters for a site can be understood from day one. This avoids wasting time and money designing schemes that don’t fit within the planning guidelines.

Planning (AVR) Images

GMJ pioneered ‘verified planning imagery’ as a new process in 1994. Combining survey data, photography and the 3D proposal model an accurate and verifiable image of the planned proposal can be generated. Today, most major Central London planning projects require ‘verified imagery’ or as it is better known today ‘accurate visual representation’ (AVR) views for Townscape Visual Impact Documentation.

Step by step

Here is a quick guide to the GMJ AVR view production process.

CityModel Analysis

GMJ have created GMJ Citymodel which represents an important breakthrough for architects and developers preparing planning applications in London. Projects can now be assessed using innovative new methods that were not previously available; GMJ View Shed impact studies, view scoping reports and customised planning views, site-specific 3D build envelopes and light and shade studies can be generated in hours, not weeks.

By using GMJ London CityModel at the beginning of the design process the build parameters for a site can be understood from day one. This avoids wasting time and money designing schemes that don’t fit within the planning guidelines. GMJ London CityModel is created to a high specification in terms of accuracy and roof detail (including chimney stacks, parapet walls and air-con units). It is built using a combination of high resolution aerial imagery with a ground level survey for the entire area modelled.

The following images show a GMJ CityModel View Shed Analysis for a theoretical proposal based in the City Of London.

CITYMODEL

GMJ’s Citymodel offers 3D digital modelling of the world’s cities at the greatest level of detail and accuracy available. Our technology allows us to provide clients with rapid, cost-effective models of entire urban centres in a wide range of digital formats. It’s a valuable resource for strategic planning and urban design.

GMJ Citymodel’s relevance extends beyond the obvious fields of architecture and planning; other exciting potential applications include security, insurance, environmental assessments and the worlds of film and gaming. We continue to refine and develop the GMJ Citymodel concept – watch this space.

GMJ CityModel licensing

GMJ Citymodel was developed and patented by us, so we can licence chunks of Citymodel real estate for use by architects, local authorities or developers who need their own bit of the city. If there is an area you need that is not included in our model, then we can build it for you. Our process allows us to create new territory in our 3D London at a rate of about 1.5 sq kms per week. Please contact us at citymodel@gmj.net for further information.

Beyond London

GMJ Citymodel is poised to go global. The tools and techniques we perfected during the creation of our virtual London give us the capabilities to model any major world city centre. And we’ve already completed two more UK city centres: Liverpool and Newport. So if you hanker after a city of your very own, GMJ can build it to order. Whether it’s Sao Paolo or Stuttgart, Venice or Vancouver, just send us a plan and we’ll do the rest.

INNOVATION

Over the years GMJ have pioneered new technologies and techniques including the use of verified planning visualisation imagery, immersive (wrap around) virtual reality presentations, the first use of high definition film and video in the architectural marketplace, holographic 3d theatrical presentations plus the creation of verifiable 360 degree presentations for planning purposes.

Our innovations continue to shape the industry we created – witness GMJ Citymodel and our new software PointFixer a revolution in rapid modelling from 3d laser data.

FUTURE ILLUSTRATED

We are ideally placed to show you the future. We have explored and illustrated predicted modes of transport and energy production, anticipated shortages of land and the far future possibilities of floating cities and space travel using elevators.

GMJ’s London Futures online exhibition was featured online by the BBC, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mirror and Daily Mail. On the strength of this Conde Nast’s award winning US futurist magazine, Wired, commissioned GMJ to design a vision of London’s future for the cover of their UK launch.

For further information please contact info@futureillustrated.com

WIRED COVER

Inspired by GMJ’s London Futures online exhibition which was featured online by the BBC, Daily Telegraph Daily Mail, and the Daily Mirror, Conde Nast’s award winning US futurist magazine, Wired, commissioned GMJ to design a vision of London’s future for the cover of their UK launch.

The three part cover visualises London in the present, near and far futures, bringing to life GMJ’s and Wired’s predictions for new modes of transport and energy production, anticipated shortages of land and the far future possibilities of floating cities and space travel using elevators.

“GMJ’s extraordinary visualisation of London in the future made a fittingly spectacular cover for our important launch edition. We were amazed by how realistic the images were – it really brought the future into focus for our readers” said David Rowan editor of Wired.

LONDON FUTURES

To coincide with the annual G8 summit in Tokyo on July 7th 2008, GMJ launched an online exhibition of thought provoking images designed to increase public debate about the issues of climate change which the eight superpowers will be addressing in Tokyo.

‘London Futures’ the exhibition, illustrates eight scenarios of a London effected by extreme climate change.

The exhibition opened on 4th July 2008 July at www.gmjlondonfutures.com and was featured online by the BBC, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, and the Daily Mirror.

Aerial view of London

London becomes the new Venice (and not in a good way). But where the city of the gondola has made an accommodation with the water it sits in, London has become uninhabitable, as every year the Thames Barrier is overwhelmed by spring tides.

This image was made possible through GMJ's London CityModel. The model was flooded to match predicted 6 metre flood levels, giving a realistic depiction of the impact of flooding.

Hyde Park

London's open spaces start to resemble tropical plantations - with the costs of food production increasing and cultivatable land becoming scarce, more and more parks and 'green' spaces are given over to agriculture.

Farming meets industry as palm oil is harvested to meet our changing energy needs.

Notting Hill Carnival

That mainstay of the British summer (along with Wimbledon, barbecues and grim Bank Holidays), the Notting Hill Carnival is still going strong. But with a difference. Being out in the sun is now high-risk. Everyone is provided with standard issue sun-block to protect every inch of exposed skin.

Health and safety gone mad, or gone sensible? At last we're all the same colour.

Piccadilly Circus

London's busiest thoroughfare is a haven of calm as sinking areas of land mass around the globe push water levels ever higher. Water lilies, fish and wind turbines fight a losing battle on behalf of a civilisation which is going, going, gone.

Aerial view of London

With the predicted demise of the gulf stream as the Arctic warms up, temper-atures in the UK plummet and winters become harsh. Never mind hell freezing over, the Thames does it every winter and becomes the country's longest, widest skating rink - which melts every summer and floods the city in a way that is becoming tediously familiar to its workers and inhabitants.

St Paul's

Where once gargoyles would sit on the walls of venerated buildings, St Paul's Cathedral is now host to a new breed of tropical immigrants, enjoying the view of the flooded Thames and reminiscing about equatorial days.

And, despite the warning, feeding on some of the capital's newly fashionable staple foods.

The Mall

That archetypical British driveway The Mall is as valid a wind-farming plot as any bleak moor or field.

Wind turbines predominate over flags, as the desperate quest for renewable energy takes precedence over any remaining notions of Britishness.

Cars? Now what on earth were they?

Trafaglar Square

Never mind biblical proportions, this epic storm is of filmic proportions, as real life imitates Hollywood's top tornado and onlookers run for their lives.

As the climate changes more extreme weather conditions become a reg-ular feature of life in the UK.

This image is a more immediate visualisation of the future than many of the others in the exhibition, which show longer-term effects.

SITE CREDITS

Thanks to:

Jason Hawkes www.jasonhawkes.com for aerial photography as backdrop to the Wired cover, plus views over Southwark and the City and CentrePoint.

Phil Hodges at www.ZoHo.co.uk for building this website and for all the website related advice and guidance.

Lloyd Clayter at www.sharpedge.co.uk for GMJ branding design plus initial web design input and his ‘Step by Step’ planning drawings.

CONTACT

For further information please get in touch;

GMJ
2-6 Northburgh Street
London EC1V 0AY
+44 (0) 203 217 2600

info@gmj.net
info@futureillustrated.com


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