The model viewer for your architectural designs: Solibri

VisualARQ integrates IFC export to share models with other AEC applications

VisualARQ integrates IFC export to share models with other AEC applications

VisualARQ bets for Rhino for the design and generation of documentation for parametric and freeform architecture. If you want to combine their varied possibilities with other programs, you need a common language and a file viewer.

IFC is the most common format and it is included in many developers’ software. You can transfer files with .IFC extension painlessly between your architectural software.

When you work on a project, you exchange information with others: collaborators, partners, contractors or anyone assisting in any phase of the project. And, of course, not everyone will have the same software installed because the suppliers of materials or services use the software they believe is the most suitable to their activity. Here lies the real advantage of IFC, the fact the flow of information and the work on models are truly collaborative. It is a smooth and simple way of working, without errors or confusions that could result in delays or extra costs. You don’t need to interpret a design, you simply have to look at it.


VisualARQ and Solibri Model Viewer complement each other to share architectural projects. Image: solibri

Since your models will be used by different people for different purposes, how can these people properly view them? Thanks to Solibri Model Viewer and its seamless integration with BIM.

We at VisualARQ have tested Solibri and have included the process in our Youtube video channel. As you will see, it is very simple: it just takes 1 step to export a .IFC file from Rhino and VisualARQ to Solibri Model Viewer.


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.


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.

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?