Slave Castle Reconstructed
Reconstructing the Past

These three images demonstrate the CAD development of the Slave Castle and focus on the overall view of the castle looking northeast, a detail view of Bunce Island House and a closer inspection of the Office Tower. Clicking on the first image will lead to a wireframe image showing fortress walls, other castle structures and details. One this new page as the cursor moves on and off the image, a comparision is demonstrated between wireframe and digital rendered reconstruction.

Selecting the middle image will lead to a comparision between wireframe and rendered image of Bunce Island House. This zoom-in perspective allows a closer inpsection of its structural elements. Two inner walls in Bunce Island House can be seen in the center of the wireframe image.

Clicking on the Office Tower will lead to a page comparing the Office Tower wireframe and rendered image. Imagine being on the top floor and experiencing the commanding panoramic view of the island, village, Sierra Leone River and approching ships.

Castle Wireframe and Rendering
The front fortress wall illustrates solid filled bastions and embrassure cutouts for cannon placement. Flag poles with stone bases have prominent positions adjacent to the office tower on the left and gate-entry tower with stairs to the upper level on the right. Bunce Island House, displaying dormer windows, wrap around porch and double stairs, conceals the men's and women's slave yards behind. A garden area peeks out from the background on the right.

Bring the past back to life by moving the cursor over the wireframe image and viewing the image as it would have appeared in 1805. Longitudinal and latitudinal coordinates of the island's location allow the setting of the sun postion identical to the date April 5th, 1805. In this image the background water, sky and mainland is the actual direction, placement and view that would have existed in history.

A west facing front fortress wall, office tower and gate-entry tower display a light stucco texture. The actual texture can be seen in the texture division on the Reconstrucing the Past (Textures) page. A simular texture was applied to the front and side facades of Bunce Island House. On the ground level a brick patio presents itself below the wrap around porch with painted-wood double stairs. Shutters illustrate light and air control on windows and dormers. The majority of remaining fortress walls, both in and around the compound, have a stone texture applied. The next section will focus on Bunce Island House. Move cursor on and off image
Digital Castle Wireframe and Rendering Comparison CAD images by Chatelain

Bunce Island House
Zooming into this perspective of Bunce Island House permits more detail to be observed. A focal point of the double door entry contained trim, special hardware and recessed panel construction and lead to the captain's office. Window and door shutters are in a variety of open and closed positions. Stairs and railing lead to the porch and second floor.

As the cursor moves over the wireframe image, it is transformed into a photo realistic view of the past. The main facades light stucco finish are contrasted with wooden components of porch, stair, railings, doors and columns that are all painted green. Worn ground cover leads to the brich patio and the main entry door. A bright sunny day produces shadows offering cooling shade provided by the wrap around porch and roof overhang. Move cursor on and off image
Bunce Island House Wireframe and Rendering Comparison CAD images by Chatelain

Office Tower
As one turns around to the east the office tower wireframe structure, a two-story above ground and one below, comes into view with two brick-lined window wells that provide light into the below grade level. Dashed lines illustrate the 3D shape of the tower with its surrounding observation windows on three facades offering commanding views of the slave castle, village, river and approaching ships.

As the cursor moves over the wireframe image, the digital rendering shows the commanding view. The office tower featured a light stucco finish applied to all sides of this three story structure as seen by approaching ships. Wood components of trim, doors, windows and shutters have the same paint texture as Bunce Island House. Walking up to the office, reveals a multi-tiered segmentally curved brick stoop. To the right are two brick-lined window wells. Upon entering, a 90ยบ angled winding stairway leads to the upper office. One of the movies provided elsewhere in the website illustrate the island views from this office. The titled roof matches other main structures. Click the bottom right link to return to the reconstruction page. Move cursor on and off image
Office Tower Wireframe and Rendering Comparison CAD images by Chatelain

Bunce Island Terrain Model Building Features