• Easy recreation of an existing façade with VisualARQ

    Facades are, with respect to a building, like your face about your body. It is what strikes you the most at the first encounter, what gives you expressiveness. Your "hook" to attract the interest of others.

    A face, an individual. A façade, a building.

    In the articles where we discussed architectural projects in Rhino, we have seen imposing facades, some of them because of the use of materials, as the anti-pollution properties of those installed in the Manuel Gea González Hospital, or the use of perforated metal panels, as in the Monteagudo Museum, others for its transparency, as the blades in the Aviva Stadium. In other cases, by its shape, as the metal spheres forming a ribbon around the Hanjie Wanda Square Mall or by the color, as the school of Bobigny . We have also seen beautiful old facades that have been restored in New York.

    Fachada-Hospital-Manue- Gea-Gonzalez 200 monteagudo-museum-modern-building-center-baroque-chapel 200 P-aviva-stadium-facade-covered-4000-polycarbonate-panels
    Manuel Gea González Hospital Monteagudo Museum Aviva Stadium
    P-Hanjie Wanda Square Mall P-School-Valbon-Bobigny P-restoration_corbin_building
    Hanjie Wanda Square Mall School of Bobigny Old facades that have been restored in New York

    We know that you have experience in designing facades and, as always, you provide the creativity and we supply the tool to make your job easier. You may have to restore a building or to develop a project in which replicate a façade. Need to reproduce an existing facade? With VisualARQ you can do it easily.

    The process is simple, based on some features of our architectural plug-in:

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  • How to build a bright building in a small plot with Rhino

    VisualARQ enjoys the building duality: a luxury condominium for residents and an interesting architecture for New York pedestrians

    VisualARQ enjoys the building duality: a luxury condominium for residents and an interesting architecture for New York pedestrians

    The slender architectural design in steel and glass of the HL23 condominium in New York, a project by Neil Denari, has been chosen by VisualARQ as an example of the use of Rhino software.

    The building shape has been adapted to the High Line. At its base, the surface area is smaller than at the top. As the building gets higher, it expands and thus manages to provide more surface area. The top is about 40% larger than the base.

    The effect achieved is aerodynamic, lightweight. The building shrinks at the bottom to accommodate the High Line. Despite this, it does not give the impression of receding or setting back: it nicely adapts to the tracks with a cantilever.

    It also has a sculptural appearance, given by the design of the facades. Two of them are covered with low-iron glass and another one is covered with stamped stainless steel.

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  • BIM World 2015

    BIM world 2015

    Rhinoforyou will be exhibiting VisualARQ at the BIM World 2015 in Paris, 25-26 March (stand 31 - MEDIACONSTRUCT). 

    Rhinoforyou will show Rhino 5, Grasshopper, GeometryGym, VisualARQ and the latest IFC developments, including the enhancements of the incoming VisualARQ 1.9 version.

  • VisualARQ 1.8.4 available

    VisualARQ Chinese

    VisualARQ 1.8.4 is now available for download. Owners of VisualARQ are encouraged to download and install VisualARQ 1.8.4. This is a free service release for all VisualARQ users.

    Download it!

    1. If you are a VisualARQ user, download VisualARQ 1.8.4
    2. If you are an Evaluation user, download the new Evaluation version to test the new features.

    What’s new in 1.8.4

    This new service release fixes all known bugs and adds the Chinese translation for user interface and templates.

    See the complete list in What's new.

  • Lands Design WIP XII released

    Lands Design WIPXII blog

    Lands Design WIP XII version has been recently released.

    Lands Design for Rhino is a software for designing gardens, green spaces, and landscapes that runs in the Rhino environment.

    Lands Design provides tools for modeling landscaping projects in 3D and 2D. You can easily produce technical drawings, create realistic images and perform virtual tours.

    Lands Design is ideal for landscape architects, urban planners, town council technicians, constructors, designers and draftsmen, environment departments, nurserymen, gardeners…

    Lands Design can now run on standard Rhino sessions, this is the main new feature in WIP XII. This allows Lands Design and VisualARQ to work together within the same Rhino session.

    You can see other new features and enhancements here.

    Lands Design is a Work In Progress software and it is free. The version expires in three months approximately, until a new WIP or the first beta version is released.

    You can join the Lands Design community to show your projects, solve doubts and share ideas.

  • VisualARQ at II Creative Industry Fair Szczecin 2015, Poland

    Bardins Fair Szcecin

    One more year VisualARQ will be present at Creative Industry Fair Szczecin 2015, in Poland, represented by Bardins, the VisualARQ resellers in Poland.

    The second edition of this fair takes place 19-20 March 2015, at the Service Inter - Lab, Szczecin ul. Cukrowa 12.

    You will find Bardins both days on booth 9-10, room B, from 10.00  to 17.00.

    Bardins will present the latest news and products from their partners. This is a unique opportunity to see most of the products from their offer and talk with their staff! Demonstrations, videos and much more on the those days:

    • VisualARQ from AsuniCAD
    • Rhinoceros 5 from McNeel
    • Zortrax M200 3D Printer from Zortrax
    • RhinoGold 5 from TDM Solutions
    • Photomodeler Scanner 2015 from EOS Systems
    • KeyShot 5 from Luxion
    • V-ray for Rhino from Chaos Group
    • Maxwell Render from Next Limit
    • LumenRT 2015 from e-on Software

     

  • A fairy-tale Rhino architecture for an English country home

    VisualARQ analyzes a Rhino architectural design: Downley House in England

    Downley House in England

    VisualARQ analyzes the use of Rhino software in the unique architecture of an English single-family house designed by BPR Architects: Downley House.

    When Birds Portchmouth Russum architects discovered that the family that would occupy the house had been involved in the wine bussiness, they decided to articulate the design around a foudre, a big wine barrel. The catenary shape of that building, inspired by the foudre, is surrounded by two towers, like a fairytale castle. The material used in this genuine building is CLT, very similar to glulam.

    With this work Birds Portchmouth Russum received the annual award to the Most Innovative Project in the Self-Construction category in the UK.

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  • The model viewer for your architectural designs: Solibri

    VisualARQ integrates IFC export to share models with other AEC applications

    VisualARQ integrates IFC export to share models with other AEC applications

    VisualARQ bets for Rhino for the design and generation of documentation for parametric and freeform architecture. If you want to combine their varied possibilities with other programs, you need a common language and a file viewer.

    IFC is the most common format and it is included in many developers’ software. You can transfer files with .IFC extension painlessly between your architectural software.

    When you work on a project, you exchange information with others: collaborators, partners, contractors or anyone assisting in any phase of the project. And, of course, not everyone will have the same software installed because the suppliers of materials or services use the software they believe is the most suitable to their activity. Here lies the real advantage of IFC, the fact the flow of information and the work on models are truly collaborative. It is a smooth and simple way of working, without errors or confusions that could result in delays or extra costs. You don’t need to interpret a design, you simply have to look at it.

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    VisualARQ and Solibri Model Viewer complement each other to share architectural projects. Image: solibri

    Since your models will be used by different people for different purposes, how can these people properly view them? Thanks to Solibri Model Viewer and its seamless integration with BIM.

    We at VisualARQ have tested Solibri and have included the process in our Youtube video channel. As you will see, it is very simple: it just takes 1 step to export a .IFC file from Rhino and VisualARQ to Solibri Model Viewer.

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  • How to manage floors and levels in architectural projects with Rhino

    Today we would like to introduce you one of the most useful and important features that VisualARQ adds to Rhino workflow when designing and modeling architectural projects: the Level Manager.

    Thanks to the Level Manager feature, in VisualARQ you can easily work on each level of your building projects.

    The Level Manager was added in the earliest releases of VisualARQ, however, it has experienced a considerable quality improvement since the last 1.8 version.

    The procedure is simple. The complexity is only brought by your imagination while you create. The Level Manager works as a control panel to create and modify new buildings and stories. This will greatly simplify your work and you can decide at any time if you want to see one or more levels and their characteristics. Each level puts a construction plane (working plane) at a specific elevation, which allows you to work easily on each level and quickly switch to the level on which you want to work.

    From the Level Manager, you can also control the Level visibility, as in Rhino layers. Simply turn the bulb lights on or off in the corresponding level. Each level has an invisible clipping plane at its bottom and top limits. If you wish, you can move the boundaries of a level using the “Top offset” and “Bottom offset” values.

    When a level is turned off, all the geometry located between its limits will be hidden, no matter what type of geometry it is: VisualARQ objects, surfaces and polysurfaces, meshes or 2D objects.

    This feature is really helpful to get incredible section views of the inside of the project and to work from there.

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  • RhinoBIM: first commercial release

    RhinoBIM

    Virtual Build Technologies announces the release of the commercial and educational versions of RhinoBIM. The current beta version 3.45.179 will expire February 28, 2015.

    RhinoBIM is a suite of plug-ins that enhances Rhino 5.0 for the Architectural, Engineering & Construction, Aerospace and Ship building Industries. Developed by Virtual Build Technologies. This first module now available includes:

    • Structural Design & Editor
    • Clash & Clear Analysis
    • Quantity take offs / BIM Reporter
    • IFC & CIS2 Translators
    • User Definable database

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