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Modern Northwestern Small House

Modern Northwestern Small House

Kayla Cardona
by kaylac on 30 May 2023

Inspired by modern architecture and the cool forests of the northwest, this modern small home uses clean lines and rich wood textures to create an inviting, efficient, and carefully lit scene in Unreal Engine 5 with Lumen.

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Modern Northwestern Small House - UE5

Inspired by modern architecture and the cool forests of the Northwestern United States, this modern small home is one of my first attempts working with architectural visualization in Unreal Engine 5. I wanted to use clean lines and rich wood textures to compose an inviting interior and an eye-catching exterior.

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The project uses Lumen Global Illumination to accurately mimic an environment set in the Northwestern United States. I carefully designed the outdoor lighting to highlight the crisp angles throughout the architecture.


The interior uses suspended track lighting to create an inviting open floor plan that feels larger than it truly is. A sensation of warmth was important, and this I emphasized blending natural wood textures with pops of color. The living room lighting was designed to mimic that of a stage, taking advantage of tall windows and natural light to bring the cool outdoor environment into the warm living space.


In contrast with the brightly lit first floor designed for entertaining; the bedroom is sparsely lit with cubic lighting to create a dark, moody aesthetic. I wanted to build a striking contrast between the two floors with a sharp transition from the warmer living space to the cozy secretiveness of the dark bedroom loft.

The architecture and floor plans are my own designs modeled in Blender 3D. I also designed all the light fixtures in Blender 3D and planned the lighting arrangement using Unreal Engine with Lumen.
Lighting and planar reflection set up in UE5.
Rendered in Unreal Engine 5 with Lumen. Video edited in Shotcut. Architecture, couches, bedroom lounging chair, bedroom night tables, couch side table, bedroom loft shelf wall, kitchen bar, shelving, and all light fixtures made in Blender 3D. Bed, kitchen appliances including oven and fridge, and herb containers are from Adobe Substance 3D Assets. Kitchen bar stools, dining table, dining chairs, bedroom library, and other kitchen appliances and tools from Twinmotion. Texturing done in Substance Painter and UE5. Indoor plants, containers, and some wood and stone shaders are from Quixel Megascans. Outdoor landscape material is from Project Nature on Epic Games Market Place. Pine trees are from STF3d on Epic Games Market Place.

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