• Case study: optimized building footprint with VisualARQ Grasshopper Components

    Thanks to the VisualARQ Grasshopper components, we are seeing VisualARQ used to further research on practical uses for Genetic Algorithms and Analysis in BIM workflows.

    Vlad Vermesan, an architecture student at the Faculty of Architecture and Fine Art, NTNU, Norway has completed his thesis related to the development of a methodology of parametric suburban and architectural design utilizing VisualARQ Grasshopper Components, Ladybug, Space Syntax, Clipper and Galapagos. This level of analysis at the early stages of design clearly shows the power of #flexibleBIM enabled by VisualARQ, Rhinoceros 3d, and Grasshopper.

    Vlad explains:

    “My work is about parametric suburban design. I have developed many parametric models where components can be manipulated in order to conduct simulations and various multi-variable optimizations. The generic suburban architectural building, which is at the core of the methodology, gives the sensation and spatial quality of a home in all possible aspects related to form, functionality and comfort. The buildings’ forms, thanks to the parametric design method, are not common and vary depending on the neighborhood, and can be seemingly endlessly individualized.

    While in urban environments intelligent shaping happens often vertically, in suburbs it can happen horizontally, because there is more space, (i.e., distance between buildings). Thus, variation and attractive architecture can be achieved by the intelligent shaping of the building footprint according to local tones, design traditions and functionality, and even optimized according to climate conditions. The process starts with some reasonable assumptions about the size of the functional units and their relationships, in order to obtain a functional and efficient ground floor. The ground floor shape is then used to run more complex simulations on both horizontal and vertical plans incorporating climate conditions.

    Vlad Vermesan Case study VisualARQ

    This is what the case study is about: manipulating the building footprint shape based on intelligent rules in order to maximize/minimize radiation during heating/cooling periods. The parametric building has been generated using VisualARQ Grasshopper Components: walls, windows, slabs and roofs, which provide BIM elements for the final building instead of simple extrusions from the shapes. This ensures credibility to the simulation results.

    My experience is that VisualARQ integrates very well in the parametric environment bringing together spatial elements, topology, environment and optimization. Running optimization scenarios with changing building footprint shapes in 2D and seeing the resulting building in 3D almost instantly thanks to VisualARQ, is really rewarding. You can stop any time, compare different shapes and choose the one which is most appealing, not necessarily the optimum one.

    In this way, the architect can add their unique style to the solutions provided by the parametric model.

    The video shows that one of the solutions offers a concave footprint shape, which opens for an outdoor atrium, (inspired in the “Zeb Pilot House” project of Snøhetta architectural firm) contributing to a homely atmosphere and feeling of comfort.

    Credits: Vlad Vermesan: v.vermesan.no@ieee.org

  • VisualARQ 1.9.5 available

    VisualARQ 1.9.5 is now available for download.

    This new service release fixes a few bugs and adds some new features and changes:

    • More flexibility to import IFC files.
    • VisualARQ Grasshopper Components is no longer a Beta and it is included in the main installer.
    • The "Free" license mode is replaced by a "Viewer" mode that prevents from losing VisualARQ data. (More information...)
    • Help guide updated in French, Spanish, German, Italian and Chinese

    See the complete list in What's new.

    Download it!

    This is a free service release for all VisualARQ users.

    1. If you are a VisualARQ user, download VisualARQ 1.9.5
    2. If you are an Evaluation user, download the new Evaluation version to test the new features.
  • Job offer for VisualARQ and Lands Design users

    Job Offer

    New architectural studio based in Los Angeles (DEC | LA) is looking for VisualARQ and/or Lands Design users to work immediately in new Residential (hillside homes) and Landscape projects.

    For more information, contact Manny Perez:
    mannyengineering@hotmail.com
    8184308545

  • Basilica Gospe od Otoka in Solin, Croatia

    basilica_Solin_Vyonyx_10 fusion 600
    The stunning design and subsequent construction of the Basilica Gospe od Otoka (Solin, Croatia) can be attributed to Vyonyx Architecture, an architectural design and research office based in the UK, Croatia, and France.

    Vyonyx used Rhinoceros and VisualARQ to realise this non-standard design and maintain BIM data throughout the process. VisualARQ objects were especially useful in creating the curved walls of the Basilica, enabling the designers to freely explore window positions and dimensions without needing to reconstruct the model repeatedly, all the while automatically generating the 2D documentation of every iteration.

    The project is currently under construction.

    See more pictures of this project at the VisualARQ's gallery.

    You can see more details at the Vyonyx website.

    Images provided by Vladin Petrov - Vyonyx.

    Basilica in Solin Interior Model 02

    Basilica in Solin Model 01

  • Free seminar of BIM architecture with VisualARQ and 3D printing

    seminario-bim-visualARQ-icreatia-Junio

    • Where: COAC Barcelona (Col·legi d’Arquitectes de Barcelona. Plaça Nova, 5. 08002 Barcelona)
    • When: Thursday, June 30th, 2016. From 11am to noon and from 5pm to 6pm.
    • Duration: 1 hour
    • Price: Free

    Come and see how to convert a BIM architectural project into a 3D printable model.

    You will see the complete process, from the creation of the building design with Rhino and VisualARQ to the preparation of the 3D model to be printed in a 3D printing machine (Felix Pro 1).

    The presentation will take place next Thursday June 30th at COAC Barcelona. It will last about 1 hour and it will be done in two separate sessions (11 am and 5pm).

    The seminar is free but space is limited.

    More details and registration (in Spanish)

  • VisualARQ 2.0 sneak preview: new beam features

    The following video shows some of the beam object new features that will be available in the upcoming VisualARQ 2.0 version:

    Beam joints

    Beam intersections at ends will be calculated. This will happen when two beams have one of their end points in the same position. However, it will possible to break this connection if needed.

    Beam cut planes

    In addition to automatic beam joints, it will possible to define different solutions for beam cut planes at the start and end points. Vertical, Horizontal and Perpendicular will be the preset options, but it will be also possible to enter a custom cut plane.

     

     

     

     

  • Rese arch MEETUP Paris 2016

    rese arch Meetup Paris

    rese arch MEETUP Paris
    28 May 2016
    VOLUMES Coworking (78 rue Compans, 75019 PARIS)

    Rhinoforyou, VisualARQ french resellers, will be present as sponsor at the annual conferences rese arch MEETUP 2016, and will offer exclusive demos of Rhino, Grasshopper and VisualARQ.

    rese arch MEETUP is an annual international conference and networking event bringing together practitioners and theorists of computational design in architecture, experts in digital manufacturing and related contemporary thinkers and philosophers.

    One of the main supporter of the event is the prestigious École des Ponts ParisTech, which is launching the Advanced Master DESIGN by DATA.

    DESIGN by DATA is also the topic of the spring 2016 edition of the rese arch MEETUP Paris hosted by VOLUMES: the event will host lectures elaborating on the idea of a design ruled by input parameters, big data, statistics, numerical simulations and its impact on the essence of architecture as a cultural discipline.

    Organized by:
    Ján Pérnecky of rese arch (an independent platform supporting research, education and critical thinking in architecture in Europe and worldwide), in collaboration with Francesco Cingolani of Volumes Coworking.

    Confirmed speakers:

    Daniel Bolojan, Phil Ayres, Efilena Baseta (Noumena), Francesco Cingolani and Ján Pérnecky.

    Speakers to be confirmed:
    Klaas De Rycke - BOLLINGER + Grohmann, Pierre Cutellic, Arthur Mamou-Mani, Andrea Graziano, Daniel Widrig, Christoph Bader or Dominik Kolb, Theo Spyropoulos, Isaie Bloch.

     

    More information...

  • VisualARQ at the Shape To Fabrication and Grasshopper User meeting 2016, London

    stf6
    Shape To Fabrication
    April 19-20, 2016
    Stratford Circus, Theatre Square, Stratford, London E15 1BX

    "VisualARQ 2.0: flexible BIM solution for Rhino" will be presented at the Shape To Fabrication conference 2016 in London. The presentation will focus on the BIM features VisualARQ provides to Rhino and a sneak preview of some of the new features of the upcoming VisualARQ 2.0 version.

    This event has a focus on cutting-edge technology, innovative construction and applications in architecture, engineering and design. This years speakers are shaping the future, unafraid to push technology and engineering to new heights.

    Discover the latest avant-garde projects from an international panel of presenters:

    stf6_speakers

    Details and registration...

    Grasshopper UK User Group Meeting
    Monday, April 18, 2016
    15:00 - 19:00
    Stratford Circus, Theatre Square, Stratford, London E15 1BX

    Simply Rhino UK is pleased to be hosting another Grasshopper UK User Group Meeting in London. This meeting will take place the day before the Shape To Fabrication 2016, at the same location.

    Francesc Salla, the VisualARQ product Manager will show the different Grasshopper tools for VisualARQ, including the VisualARQ Grasshopper Components and a sneak preview of the new integration of VisualARQ 2.0 with Grasshopper.

    The Grasshopper UK User Group Meeting is free to attend but you must register here!

  • VisualARQ 2.0 sneak preview: new roof features

    VisualARQ 2.0 will come with plenty of enhancements regarding the Roof command.

    In this sneak preview video you can see some of these new features:

    New insert dialog

    The roof object will have an insert dialog, like the rest of VisualARQ objects, from which you will be able to choose some insert parameters such as the roof type (hip, gable or shed), the cut edge type, or the slope angle.

    Inserting it will be easy like drawing a rectangle (or like inserting slabs), including the option to pick 3 points from the command line. The roof ridge will be automatically aligned with the longest side.

    The option to create roofs from boundary curves will be still available.

    Multilayer roof styles

    Roofs will be composed of slabs. This means that the roof styles will take one of the existing slab styles in the document and therefore they will be multilayer. It will be possible to create new roof styles by editing an existing slab style or creating new slab styles from a shortcut button.

    Roof intersections

    When two roofs touch each other, the intersection between them will be automatically calculated. This interopearability will provide many new roof combinations and new designs that could not be done before.

    Roofs from surfaces

    Finally, it will be possible to create roofs from surfaces, no matter how complex they are. This operation will apply an offset to that surface according to the roof style thickness and will convert the resulting object into a roof.

  • GIS Bucharest 2016

    GIS Bucharest 2016 website

    GIS Bucharest 2016
    International Architecture Expo Conference
    22-23th March 2016
    Radisson Blu Hotel, Bucharest

    GIS- the most important interior architecture forum in Eastern Europe is organized in Bucharest on 22-23 March 2016, with the participation of architects from 15 countries and of the European Council of Interior Architects, at Radisson Blu Hotel.

    GIS brings up for debate the role of architecture and interior design in improving the quality of life and the way in which this can influence social and cultural environments and also learning and working environments.

    Romsym Data, Rhino resellers in Romania, will be at the booth A7 during the two days of the event showing Rhino and VisualARQ to anyone interested.

    More information and registration details...