KaAdLab shows a parametric house created with VisualARQ Grasshopper Components

 

In this video KaAdLab architects show the use of VisualARQ Grasshopper components to build a parametric house completely in Grasshopper.

They have used Rhino for the project site plan and the basic curves for the house contour and element paths.

In the Grasshopper definition they can play with dimensions, heights and position of different VisualARQ objects such as walls, openings, slabs, stairs, etc, until they find the most convenient result.

KaAdLab is a young enthusiastic architectural company leaded by Jana Kasper and Alex Adam, located in the region of Saar-Lor-Lux-Rheinland-Pfalz-Wallonien.

You can see more videos by KaAdLab on their YouTube channel.


Residential building in Gdańsk

Residential building in Gdansk created with Rhino and VisualARQ. Rendered with Maxell render.

Residential building in Gdansk created with Rhino and VisualARQ. Rendered with Maxell render.

Today we present a project of a residential building in Gdańsk, Poland, created by Skalany Architects architecture. The project is a good example of how VisualARQ and the VisualARQ Grasshopper Components were used for the different phases of the design process.

The project features an apartment building with some commercial areas (shop and offices).

Andrej Skalany, one of the main architects at Skalany Architects, explained that he made up a Grasshopper definition with some VisualARQ object components, such as walls, beams, columns and slabs which he used to find the best solution for the building framework. In his definition he created some grid reference lines and placed VisualARQ columns at intersection points. The grid and columns position moved dynamically according to the values given, while trying to find the best structural layout.

VisualARQ Grasshopper Components were used to design the building framework.

VisualARQ Grasshopper Components were used to design the building framework.

Once the optimum values were found, all the Rhino and VisualARQ object components were baked to be further edited in Rhino. Once VisualARQ objects are baked, they become native VisualARQ objects in Rhino, so they keep their parametric properties. The project was further developed in cooperation with PlanWM office, who approved the Grasshopper definition according to the given parameters.

VisualARQ Grasshopper Components were used to design the building framework.

VisualARQ Grasshopper Components were used to design the building framework.

Back in Rhino, some Rhino solids and other geometry were added to the model to finish the conceptual design process.

All further 2D drawings were created in Rhino. VisualARQ helped to generate and calculate the areas of the building with the Space command.

Andrej also appreciated the VisualARQ dynamic section tool and the option to hide and display levels with the Level Manager, not only for the ease of use but also to get interesting section views of the project.

Building sectioned with the Level display parameters,using the VisualARQ Level Manager

Building sectioned with the Level display parameters,using the VisualARQ Level Manager

Images provided by Andrzej Skalany.

Take a look at this project in the VisualARQ Gallery.

Overview render of the residential building. Rendered with Maxwell render.

Overview render of the residential building. Rendered with Maxwell render.


“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).


New VisualARQ Grasshopper Components exercises: Create slabs and stairs

You can follow these easy step-by-step exercises to learn how to create slabs and stairs in Grasshopper using VisualARQ Grasshopper Components.

Create a stair:

This exercise shows the basic steps to create a VisualARQ stair in Grasshopper. First assign a curve to the stair as the path, and then define the other stair parameters (height, number of steps, steps dimensions, alignment, stair slab start and end thickness, etc.).

Since it is not possible in the current version of VisualARQ (1.8) to create stairs from curve types other than lines, polylines or arcs, it is not possible to do so in Grasshopper either. In future versions of VisualARQ, stairs will be able to be created from any curve type.

If you select an arc as the stair path, you will create a spiral stair.

The exercise also shows how to create new stair styles and a trick to flip the stair direction.

Once you bake the stair, it becomes a native VisualARQ stair object in Rhino.

VisualARQ stairs in Grasshopper

Create slabs:

This exercise shows different examples to create and edit VisualARQ slabs in Grasshopper.

  • 1. Create a slab.
  • 2. Define the slab parameters.
  • 3. Subtract a boundary from a slab.
  • 4. Link stair contours with slab holes.
  • 5. Create multilevel slabs from a volume.

When slabs are baked, they become native VisualARQ slabs in Rhino, as all VisualARQ objects created in Grasshopper.
VisualARQ slabs in Grasshopper