Pauhu Pavilion – Tampere Architecture Week 2015

Pauhu Pavilion 2

The Pauhu pavilion was completely designed with Rhino and Grasshopper and VisualARQ was used for the fast creation of the construction drawings.

Project coordinator: Henri Käpynen
Architectural design: Toni Österlund, Lisa Voigtländer
Client: Tampere Architecture Week
Location: Tampere, Finland
Year completed: 2015

Section drawings created with VisualARQ

Section drawings created with VisualARQ

See more pictures of the Pauhu pavilion here.

From Pauhu Press Release:

"Pauhu pavilion was realized as a voluntary project as a part of Tampere Architecture Week, in Finland, bringing together architecture and design students and professionals in addition to a number of different sponsors. Tampere Architecture Week is an annual event about architecture and urban planning, intended to add interest and discussion about the built environment. The theme in 2015 – interaction – aimed to increase the possibilities for interaction between citizens themselves and between architects and citizens.

Functioning as an open stage for free expression and performance, Pauhu pavilion aims to highlight interaction as one of the most crucial subjects in our ever more privatised and secluded cities. The name “Pauhu” refers to the distant roar generated by the Tampere rapids, by the city around the pavilion, as well as by the artists and presenters the pavilion is hosting. The interlace of public, private and communal interests was essential and absolutely crucial in making Pauhu possible.

Along with its intended use as an active open-stage for public debates and performances Pauhu aims to promote forward looking thinking in architecture focusing on the innovative use of wood. The construction process fuses conventional and tested building methods with state-of-art digital design and fabrication processes. The pavilion was designed using algorithm-aided design methods as a detailed and accurate parametric 3D-model, from which all construction information and fabrication data was derived from.

The inner smooth form of the pavilion is inspired by the flowing waves of the rapids, as well as the intricate plywood sculptures by the legendary Finnish sculptor Tapio Wirkkala. The smooth interior is seemingly carved out of a solid block of rough wood, which is emphasized by the contrasting colour tones. The interior is generated as a ruled surface by a rotation of plywood strips along the width of the pavilion, and while it appears to be doubly curved, the strips are all flat, un-bent and rectangular in shape. The plywood strips are connected to notches on an array of CNC-milled supporting arches. The heights of the individual strips vary according to their overlap, which allows for the optimization of material usage The resulting expressive shape forms an eye-catching frame and a backdrop for the presenter, while being a simple structural implementation using minimal amount of CNC-milling.

The outside of the pavilion is clad with a three-dimensional wood texture. The structured panelling is a new product innovation by Jukola Industries, called Grafwood. The texture invites passers-by to touch and feel the unusual material. The appearance light and shadows on the dark façade lives with the rhythm of the day and weather conditions.

The construction of the pavilion took eight days from a group of architecture students, and it was built off-site and brought to location on a truck. The pavilion is a temporary construction, scheduled to remain in its location until the end of 2016 as part of the city’s project to liven up one of the central streets of Tampere".

VisualARQ in the Grasshopper Workshop in Madrid

IAM Grasshopper workshop 2016

Instituto de Arquitectura Madrid (ETSAM | UPM) is organizing a new Grasshopper workshop:

PVA / Programación visual aplicada a proyectos. Grasshopper, nivel Básico/Intermedio

This 20 hours workshop (recognized as 2 ECTS credits) will be led by instructor Sergio del Castillo Tello and will begin at the end of February 2016 (date to be defined).

Training days: Thursdays and Fridays from 16pm to 18pm.

You will learn the basics of visual programming and how to export some components to Revit created with the help of VisualARQ and the VisualARQ Grasshopper Components.

To register send a message to iamadrid.arquitectura@upm.es with your full name, NIF, e-mail and telephone number or click in the link below:

Details and registration (in Spanish)

VisualARQ workshop at the BIM European Summit Barcelona 2016

VisualARQ at the BIM EUROPEAN SUMMIT 2016

BIM European Summit Barcelona 2016

VisualARQ Workshop

  • When: 19th February 2016, 5pm-6pm.
  • Where: Room A4

VisualARQ will participate in the second edition of the BIM European Summit Barcelona 2016 that will take place next 18th and 19th February at the World Trade Center, in Barcelona.

Francesc Salla, VisualARQ product manager, will present the workshop "VisualARQ: flexible BIM solution for Rhino" to show the advantages of using Rhino and VisualARQ in the BIM and architectural design process.

The summit will present the most interesting experiences and the latest advances within this new working method, based on managing the information generated throughout the lifecycle of a construction project. A method worth knowing and dominating as a process aimed at improving quality, efficiency and effectiveness in any project, edification or civil work.

Registration and details here.

VisualARQ to Revit via Flux.io

VisualARQ to Revit via Fluxio

VisualARQ 1.9.4 includes features which expand the already stable IFC import / export capabilities of the program.  This means that through VisualARQ, you can import an IFC file into Rhinoceros generated in other BIM software such as ArchiCAD, or Revit, or export VisualARQ and Rhinoceros objects to programs which import IFC.  But are there any other options for interoperability between BIM programs?

In the Rhinoceros / Grasshopper Ecosystem, there are several third-party options for ‘real -time’ interoperability with Revit including Lyrebird, Hummingbird, and Grevit. These systems allow for the creation of a workflow pipeline whereas the changes made to a model in Rhinoceros / Grasshopper are reflected in Revit in near real-time, essentially automating the file export / import process.

Recently we’ve been watching the developments over at Flux.io, a startup born out of Google[x] with ambitions to become the defacto way we exchange building information data.  Flux.io began as a sort of ‘smart city’ web platform, facilitating collaboration between stakeholders of urban projects.  Now we find a different objective, focused on data exchange and collaboration. Flux.io offers data exchange plugins for Grasshopper, Excel, and Dynamo. The idea is that you can push or pull data to the Flux.io cloud, your new repository for design related data. With this workflow, you could design freeform building elements with VisualARQ and Grasshopper, send this information to the Flux.io repository, and pull it to Revit via Dynamo. Let’s take a look at how to do this:

View the VisualARQ to Revit via Flux.io Tutorial