• VisualARQ 2.0 sneak preview: the Furniture object

    The following video shows one of the main features of the upcoming VisualARQ 2.0 version: the new Furniture object.

    This new object is meant to be used for all the furniture elements in the project design.

    The video shows two ways to create new Furniture object styles:

    1. Using 3D and 2D blocks for the furniture 3D and 2D representation respectively, depending on whether the object is shown in Top viewports with the Cut Plane on or off. A new button has been added in the styles dialog to directly search a block from your PC and load it into the styles dialog. This will be specially useful for those who already have a set of 3D models, such as the Savanna 3D library.
    2. Using a Grasshopper definition, as shown in this video for a Garage Door, or in this Post for the Beam object. This feature will allow having a library of parametric furniture objects that will be editable from the VisualARQ dialogs.

    When a Furniture object is exported to IFC, it takes the category ifcFurnishingElement.

  • Advances in Architectural Geometry 2016, Zurich

    AAG 2016

    AAG Workshops: September 9-11-2106
    AAG Conference: September 11-13-2106
    Location: ETH Hönggerberg - Wolfgang-Pauli-Strasse
    8093 Zurich (Switzerland)

    Advances in Architectural Geometry (AAG) is a bi-annual symposium addressing the community of computer scientists, mathematicians, engineers and architects. It aims to connect academia and industry through presentations and discussions of innovation in geometric and computational applications in architecture.

    The fifth edition of this biennial event will take place in Zurich, from Friday, September 9 to Tuesday, September 13.

    The AAG2016 workshops will be offered by leading experts. The AAG workshops are a great opportunity for participants to encounter the latest design and fabrication tools as well as processes in architectural geometry.

    In most of these workshops, participants will be using Rhinoceros and Grasshopper.

    The AAG2016 conference will have Lord Norman Foster and Francis Aish, Werner Sobek, Erik Demaine and Urs B. Roth as keynote speakers. Their participation highlights the importance of AAG as a central platform for the exchange of ideas in architecture and engineering, mathematics and computer science.

    Francesc Salla, VisualARQ's product manager, will also attend the conferences to discuss about the upcoming VisualARQ 2.0 version with anyone interested.


  • RhinoDay 2016 in Brazil

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    Workshops: September 20-22, 2016
    Rhino Day: September 23, 2016
    Time: 8 am to 8 pm
    Location: Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie - Facultade de Arquitectura e Urbanismo

    VisualARQ presentation: September 23, 15h.
    VisualARQ workshop: September 22, 11h-14h.

    Rede Brasileira de Fabricação Dital (RBFD), VisualARQ resellers in Brazil, and Universidade Mackenzie are pleased to invite you to attend the RhinoDay to be held in São Paulo, Campus Mackenzie. The event aims to show the capacity and features of Rhino 3D software and some plug-ins in various sectors related to design.

    There will be professionals in the field of architecture, industrial design, interior design, jewelry, marine, structural analysis, environmental comfort, advanced geometry, parametrism, 3D printing, digital fabrication, milling machines, robotic arms, digital interactivity, academic, etc.

    A number of experts will be showing their designs and the way they work, explaining in what way the Rhino enters in its creation and / or production process.

    For more infommation please visit the official site or contact Affonso Orciuoli

  • 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:

  • Basilica Gospe od Otoka in Solin, Croatia

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    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


    • 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

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    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...