Easy recreation of an existing façade with VisualARQ

Facades are, with respect to a building, like your face about your body. It is what strikes you the most at the first encounter, what gives you expressiveness. Your "hook" to attract the interest of others.

A face, an individual. A façade, a building.

In the articles where we discussed architectural projects in Rhino, we have seen imposing facades, some of them because of the use of materials, as the anti-pollution properties of those installed in the Manuel Gea González Hospital, or the use of perforated metal panels, as in the Monteagudo Museum, others for its transparency, as the blades in the Aviva Stadium. In other cases, by its shape, as the metal spheres forming a ribbon around the Hanjie Wanda Square Mall or by the color, as the school of Bobigny . We have also seen beautiful old facades that have been restored in New York.

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Manuel Gea González Hospital Monteagudo Museum Aviva Stadium
P-Hanjie Wanda Square Mall P-School-Valbon-Bobigny P-restoration_corbin_building
Hanjie Wanda Square Mall School of Bobigny Old facades that have been restored in New York

We know that you have experience in designing facades and, as always, you provide the creativity and we supply the tool to make your job easier. You may have to restore a building or to develop a project in which replicate a façade. Need to reproduce an existing facade? With VisualARQ you can do it easily.

The process is simple, based on some features of our architectural plug-in:


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.


Visit the Galaxy of architectural software: VisualARQ and Lumion

We at VisualARQ believe in collective intelligence. What matters is that together we add more potential to get where we want to. Everybody helps.

Lumion adds light effects to the visualizations of VisualARQ architectural software

Lumion adds light effects to the visualizations of VisualARQ architectural software. Image: © http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luz

We all develop this phenomenon together every day, through the Internet network itself, for example. Our professional network revolves around two main axes: architectural software and Rhino. However, besides us many other planets also orbit these large suns. We are all developing software for several uses. Together, our galaxy expands: Grasshopper, BIM, Parametrics, IFC, Landscape, Geolocation, Model animation...

At VisualARQ we look at our own software through a microscope. However, to see what is moving around us - sometimes at the speed of light - we take a spotting scope, a periscope, a telescope or whatever it takes. Light? Let's talk about it.

We love to hear how satisfied you are with the models you create with VisualARQ but, let us not fool ourselves, the textures that our software allows you to apply would look terrific with some extra magic light. The magic provided by rays, metallic or iridescent reflections and subtle twinkles.

So, we invite you to embark on this interstellar journey with destination Lumion.

With it, your VisualARQ model will not only come alive, it will literally come out of your screen! You will be able to create high quality videos that will leave their mark on your customers. At this point, you must have realized that developing a good architectural project, both technically and aesthetically, is not enough. You must be able to show it as the great star that it is meant to be. Because a good product stands out even more with the right presentation. Furthermore, it is BIM integrated.


Tip of the week: How can I assign different materials to the different components of a door or a window?

Each component of a VisualARQ object, like doors or windows, can have a different materials for rendering purposes , as well as display and printing properties.

All these properties can be assigned to each object and component from its attributes tab, in the object style dialog.

  • Select the door/window/object style desired > click on the black triangle to display its components > select the one you want to assign a specific material > click on the attributes tab and enable the override attributes option > specify a material from any of the options available: By layer, by parent or other

The materials can also be assigned to objects "by layer", from the layer dialog box or individually "by object" from the properties dialog box after selecting the object.

Fast and easy architectural rendering with Flamingo nXt

A new video has been posted at VisualARQ's video gallery.

This video shows how to assign Flamingo nXt materials to a 3D architectural model created with VisualARQ  (Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House) and how to enter the settings to create a nice quick render view.

The video shows how to assign materials to objects by layer, by object and by VisualARQ Object styles. It is shown for Flamingo nXt materials, but it can also be applied for other render plug-in materials.

You can watch this and other VisualARQ videos here.