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Archive for July, 2014

Be a Triple Threat by Combining ArchiCAD, BIMx and Skills

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Jackson Hole, Wyoming based Chris Lee of Design Associates Architects has been relying on ArchiCAD since the late nineties – to design residential, commercial and industrial projects. As a sole proprietor, Lee says he is always looking for ways to be efficient and help his practice thrive. Lee takes advantage of the powerful combination of his skills and ArchiCAD to be the most efficient and compete with firms of larger size. One of his go-to features of ArchiCAD is BIMx and he exploits it to his advantage time and time again.ArchiCAD

ArchiCAD “Back when BIMx was called Virtual Building Explorer I began sending models to clients. The feedback I got was great – for them to be able to experience the design in their own place and time was huge”.

Most recently, this technology proved valuable on a current project he’s managing for an executive client. Lee recently competed with nine other firms, “powerhouses” as he put it, to win a high end residential project. In this type of “David and Goliath” scenario, Lee says he credits his triple threat of “killer tech”, namely ArchiCAD, BIMx Docs and his skills with the win.

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Bridging Miles Over The BIM Server

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

ArchiCADThe duo team of Soltani+leClercq is managing a project located thousands of miles away by taking full advantage of the BIM Server in ArchiCAD. The building contains seven apartment units, with those on the uppermost floors set up like villas, with each unit featuring an ample terrace. By all estimates, if the project continues to move forward on schedule, the building should be completed and ready for tenants in January of next year.

The multi-unit residential project, situated about 30 kilometers outside of Tehran has presented a number of challenges, all of which have been met and exceeded with the help of technology.

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An ArchiCAD Rendering to Ease Your World Cup Withdrawal

Monday, July 14th, 2014

The World Cup has ended and while you may be missing all the fast-paced action from the field, fear not! We have something to soothe the aches and pains… showing off the powerful rendering engine in ArchiCAD 18

See Through House

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

See Through House Brings In Natural Light

KUBE Architecture put their ArchiCAD skills to use on a recent interior renovation of a row home located in the Foggy Bottom section of Washington DC. Their skill and application of unique solutions has resulted in the firm’s receiving recognition for its design of the “See-Through House.” The “See-Through House” received an excellence in interior design award winner from the AIA DC Chapter.

ArchiCAD renovationAs its name would lead the reader to believe, the home has a see-through feature: glass floors that run from ceiling to basement were employed to transform the rather dark interior of the three story single family home into a space full of natural light – something the home’s prospective owners desperately wanted to achieve.

Challenges Overcome

That transformation did not come easily. Historic building codes put restrictions on what could be done to the home. During the design phase of the renovation the team at KUBE had to focus only on the home’s interior, front and rear. After some deliberation and close communication with the client, the “See-Through House” began to take shape.

“Our clients traveled to DC to go over the design concepts we’d come up with. For those meetings we were very fortunate to have the drawings, and 3D perspectives to show them. When you consider that we were essentially putting a hole in the middle of the ceiling and on every level of the home to allow that natural light to come in, the ability to demonstrate that clearly at the early design phase was very important.”

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