• With V-Ray & VisualARQ, appearances are never deceptive

    With V-Ray and the new VisualARQ 1.8, you can add textures to your models

    With V-Ray and the new VisualARQ 1.8, you can add textures to your models. Image: Chaos Group

    We are who we are... and what we look like. This principle applies to many things, from people to food… to architecture! Thanks to 3D software.

    In VisualARQ blog we won’t judge people "appearance", nor your gourmet experience. We are going to talk about how to present an architectural project with the best "appearance", how to get your work look in the best way possible, with the finest textures, lights and volumes, with bright colors, sharp lines and great image quality.

    A plan, elevation or profile view can be very accurate and include all the necessary parameters, but they won’t transmit the potential of the design you've imagined. VisualARQ helps you with 2D and 3D parametric objects and NURBS modeling. However, if you also want the "appearance" of your project to seduce with the maximum realism, try to dress it up with V-Ray for Rhino.

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  • VisualARQ at the SCAD RhinoDay

    Rhino day SCAD
    When: 15-17 January 2015
    Where: SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design), in Savannah, Georgia. (Map)

    VisualARQ will be present at the SCAD RhinoDay that will take place next 15-17 January at the SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design), in Savannah, Georgia.
    There will be a live demo and one day workshop to learn the complete features of VisualARQ.


    The event will bring together Rhino users, professors, students and software developers who will talk about their professional fields and how they use 3-D modeling and design in real life projects... From marine design, to product and furniture developing, set designs and artful architecture. Bob McNeel (Rhino), Rick Smith (RhinoBIM), Daniel Piker (Kangaroo) will be some of the presenters.

    Early-bird registration fee for all the conferences (January 16-17th) is US$100.00. This is a special price valid until December 14th [ Regular price US $145.00 ].

    Both, student and faculty members will receive a Rhino 5 educational license for commercial use, that has a list price of US $195.00


    VisualARQ workshop and other workshops will take place on 15th January 2015 at SCAD. The cost of each workshop is US $100.00.

    Visit these pages and find out about the RhinoDAY event:

    The RhinoDAY event is open to the general public. Register now! Space is limited.

    For more information, please contact Jackie Nasser (jackie@mcneel.com), or call: 305 513 4445

  • An architectural fish with a touch of Rhino

    At VisualARQ we believed we had enough with a single animal (Rhino) but, on the shores of South Korea, we discovered the wonders of the oceans and added a fish to our collection. We don’t know if it's a whale, a dolphin or a species yet to be discovered. What we know for sure is that it is an architectural fish. The evidence? It’s a Rhino design and it has gills. Check it out yourself.

    Animations are rendered by soma/isochrom

    We are talking about the work by the Austrian soma architecture firm. Although this beautiful country has no sea, the team members Stefan Rutzinger, Kristina Schinegger, Martin Oberascher and Günther Weber managed to capture the essence of a sea creature with their Yeosu Pavilion.

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  • VisualARQ 1.8.3 available

    1.8.3 VisualARQ Plan view
    VisualARQ 1.8.3 is now available for download. Owners of VisualARQ are encouraged to download and install VisualARQ 1.8.3. This is a free service release for all VisualARQ users.

    Download it!

    1. If you are a VisualARQ user, download VisualARQ 1.8.3
    2. If you are an Evaluation user, download the new Evaluation version to test the new features.

    What’s new in 1.8.3

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

    See the complete list in What's new.


    The VisualARQ team would like to thank the following users who helped us detect the bugs fixed in this service release: Jan S. (Czech translation), Ricardo B., Simon C., Ulrich G., Vianney G., Lucas M., Kenneth N., Toni Ö., Dave P., Andrzej S. and Petr T.

  • VisualARQ & Cl3ver: architecture 3D interactive presentations

    You, as an architect, have the ideas. VisualARQ and Rhino set the technology. And, voila, you manage to develop a great idea. You know, free form to express what you want.

    Skylights? cantilevers? daring angles? Sculptural elements? metal structures? fabulous columns? winding facades? lattices? organic shapes? or circular? NURBS? colorful? experimentation? innovative materials? traditional materials? towers? geometrical shapes?

    Of course, you've already generated all the documentation, you even have some rendering with Lumion.

    An outstanding work. Now, what?

    With the VisualARQ and Cl3ver plugins for Rhinoceros our architectural projects stand out

    With the VisualARQ and Cl3ver plugins for Rhinoceros our architectural projects stand out.

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  • An aerodynamic Rhino design: Harley Davidson headquarters

    In our VisualARQ blog, we usually talk about free-form architectural design with Rhino. What does “free-form” mean to you? Freedom to express yourself? Not sticking to conventions? Letting yourself go with the pleasure of drawing? In that case, believe it or not, you have many things in common with a group with which you may not feel identified: Harley Davidson bikers.

    They also love freedom, they show their freedom of expression by customizing their beloved motorcycles, they reveal their unconventionality through their dress code and appearance, and they let themselves be carried along by the route. That’s their world. They ride sitting upright with their hands on the handlebars, touring the world’s roads.

    VisualARQ analyzes a Rhino design: Harley Davidson headquarters in Australia

    VisualARQ analyzes a Rhino design: Harley Davidson headquarters in Australia. Image: Tony Owen Architects

    Harley Davidson is a brand that was born in 1903, more than a century ago, with a long history and many contrasts. In World War II they were military suppliers and, in the 1960s, they became a symbol of the counterculture. Riding a Harley is a lifestyle.

    This is the personality that the Australian architect Tony Owen wanted to imprint on the Harley Davidson Australian Headquarters building. An architectural jury awarded this work with the Asia Pacific Property Prize, but only a bike passionate could tell whether the brand spirit has been properly captured or not. Adopt the role you prefer and join us to Sydney.
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  • “VisualARQ 1.8: BIM and architectural tools for Rhinoceros” webinar recorded


    For those who missed the "VisualARQ 1.8: BIM and architectural tools for Rhinoceros" webinar held on October 1st 2014 (in English), and on October 16th 2014 (in Spanish), you have the opportunity to watch it here:

    The webinar provides an overview of VisualARQ and focuses on 1.8 new features, including:

    • How to work at different levels using the new Level manager. (Model used: the Casa das Canoas project, by Oscar Niemeyer).
    • How to quickly model a simple house using 3D parametric architectural objects, (walls, slabs, stairs, railings, doors, windows, roofs...).
    • How to convert curves into VisualARQ objects with a few clicks.
    • How to create and edit new styles of VisualARQ architectural objects.
    • How to create floor plans, section and elevation drawings from a 3D model automatically.
    • How to generate other 2D project documentation: opening elevations, objects quantity takeoffs, tags, room areas....
    • How to export the model to IFC from Rhino to Revit.
    • Overview of VisualARQ Grasshopper Components Add-on

    The English version webinar was organized by Novedge, and introduced by Barbara D'Aloisio (Novedge).
    The Spanish version webinar was organized by McNeel and McNeel Miami, and introduced by Jackie Nasser (McNeel Miami).
    Both webinars were presented by Francesc Salla (Asuni CAD).

  • How to use Rhino to create an attractive architecture in… a parking!

    There are architectural projects that start with a big advantage from the moment in which you receive the assignment of their construction. Gorgeous facilities or homes that allow you to let your imagination fly. In the box of chocolates that Forrest Gump could offer to an architect, these would be gone quickly. At the bottom of the box would remain those without an appealing content or wrapping.

    Would anyone choose a chocolate if he/she didn’t like either the inside or the outside of it? Certainly not. But the story of this film now has an architectural moral with Rhino: forget prejudices, dare and enjoy success.

    VisualARQ analyzes a Rhino design: Herma project, by Jeong-Hoon Lee / JOHO Architecture

    VisualARQ analyzes a Rhino design: Herma project, by Jeong-Hoon Lee / JOHO Architecture . Image: Sun Namgoong (via JOHO Architecture)

    The story begins when you leave your country to study and work as an architect on the other side of the world. One day, you receive a request from a relative. He is having problems with the development of a project and asks for your cooperation. You decide to take a chance, so you fly thousands of miles to face the apparently least appealing chocolate in the box: to build a parking lot. Now try to think about the ones you know, and tell us: would you enjoy the idea?

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  • Where luxury is harmony: Casa das Canoas by Oscar Niemeyer

    If you love free-form architecture, as it is the case of VisualARQ, you will agree with us that the work of the Brazilian Oscar Niemeyer is a unique landmark.

    Is there an ideal client for an architect? Public bodies with big budgets? Private customers who want a personal project? Or friends, who believe that the architect can imbue his/her project with their personality?

    Actually, none of them. The best customer for an architect is the architect himself, with no more limits than those imposed by the budget and legal regulations. When you are your own customer, nothing is banned and you can experiment as you like.

    Today we will be talking about the most intimate Niemeyer and of one of his projects in which he acted both as an architect and a customer. No doubt his most popular work is the one he executed in Brasilia, the city that was intended to show the world how a country could raise a new capital which would show its power, modernity and future potential. However, for this article, we didn’t choose any of those large buildings that became symbols of the new Brazil, nor any other huge assignment. Instead, we chose to introduce you the house he designed in 1951 for his family: A Casa das Canoas.

    The architectural design of Casa das Canoas has been reproduced with VisualARQ

    The architectural design of Casa das Canoas has been reproduced with VisualARQ. Image: Design Rulz web.

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  • Need a stress test? VisualARQ invites you to try Scan-and-Solve!

    VisualARQ and Scan-and-Solve complement each other in architectural projects.

    VisualARQ and Scan-and-Solve complement each other in architectural projects. Image: Intact solutions.

    The pleasure of creating. This is one of the main reasons that fuels architects’ vocations. Imagining something and bringing that idea to reality by applying technical knowledge.

    You have an idea in your head - an office building, a public square, a villa, a school. Your hand moves over the paper and outlines a sketch. Then, you enter some data through the keyboard and start contemplating on a screen how what before was just an intangible product of your creativity takes shape.

    So far, so good. Your model looks excellent (don’t forget you are using VisualARQ).

    Models are great, they can bear everything. If you are a Rhino user, we can’t imagine the complexity and sophistication of the structures you might have been designing. However, at some point, you must have had to check how those structures responded.

    Don’t forget that you are an architect. Your buildings will have to be built with concrete, steel and glass. And the big question is: “will they work as expected”?

    We can’t tell you that, but there is a Rhino plug-in that can give you the answer to this question. With Scan-and-Solve, you will be able to check the behavior of your model.

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