Seattle, WA-based CAST Architecture leveraged ARCHICAD in a big way on a new classroom building at the Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands (RBUFW) in Seattle’s South End. The 30-acre site is a former planting orchard and nursery space. Originally on the outer edges of the city, the neighborhood is and among the densest and most diverse in the region. Using ARCHICAD as a tool for design and documentation, the team at CAST is working with the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation and Seattle Tilth, to create a center for sustainable urban agriculture in the middle of the city.
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Making the Switch to ARCHICAD
More than a year ago here on the blog, we profiled Cheikh Sylla of Tampa, FL-based Sylla International and his decision to adopt ARCHICAD over another BIM software he had been using for quite some time. Since then he has been busy, putting his skills and ARCHICAD to the test. At the start of 2015 Sylla evaluated his decision candidly, honestly sharing his experience for his readers and other architects considering a similar change.
Was it Worth it?
Rather than rehash his thorough overview of what the impact of the change has been, I thought it wise to discuss how he’s using the software on an actual project. Sylla is in the design phase of creating a nearly six thousand square foot home that features a pool in a flood zone of Miami, Florida. Sylla is using ARCHICAD 18 to create the design through to construction documents that and at press time was nearing the point of submitting the plans to the city for review.
The article below first appeared in the February issue of Metal Architecture.
Steeling Inspiration from Industrial Heritage
The designLab team in Boston, MA began work to design a new Dance and Visual Arts Center at Seton Hill University project in Greenberg, Pennsylvania in the summer of 2012. The design intends to embody the industrial heritage of its location in a modern and attractive manner, through exposed steel and minimal finishes. designLab focused in on the university’s goal to create a building that was both open and inviting to students and faculty as well as the community of Greensburg. It will house areas for students and community members to study and apply principles of dance, sculpture, graphic design, metal-smithing, clay works, photography, printmaking, drawing and painting. Welding facilities and a foundry or metal casting area also make up the various studios. The center will provide space for art therapy and education studios as well as the Harlan Gallery to display student works and installations.
At last week’s press preview of the National Building Museum’s exhibition “Hot to Cold: an Odyssey of Architectural Adaptation” by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), I had the distinct pleasure of hearing Bjarke Ingels speak in some detail about his firm’s process, their vision and method of creating buildings in various parts of the globe. The virtual journey across the planet is smartly achieved in 800 feet of 60 three-dimensional models of projects that move from the world’s warmest climates to those that face some of Earth’s coldest temperatures. Helpful color codes that span the rainbow tell the viewer in which climate type the building resides.
The exhibition marks the firm’s return to the museum. No surprise they’d be asked back, since in two months their Maze exhibit last year attracted more than 50,000 visitors and the firm is currently working on a redesign of the Smithsonian’s campus. The Maze display engulfed the museum’s atrium. This time, for Hot to Cold, the exhibit takes visitors above the great hall and around the second floor, but there is no need to retreat from the expanse of the hall into a classroom or separate viewing space. The models have been cleverly suspended from the museum’s third floor to rest in line with the second floor’s railings and sit nestled in between the massive columns that surround the atrium. One can take in the model without feeling the least bit confined and get a sense of how the project would sit in its particular location.
This was the first time I had heard Ingels speak live. He’s been featured on several TED talks that have made the rounds online. He shared his thoughts on architecture with a passion and energy that is engaging. After making his opening remarks which included admitting an addiction to the show “Homeland” that he blames in part for his current love affair with Washington, DC – the group of press gathered for the preview of the exhibition wordlessly begged him for more. He graciously complied and got back on the podium to answer some questions and did not disappoint with the level of thought and attention given to each question.
GRAPHISOFT is a proud co-sponsor of an upcoming event at the National Building Museum. Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) – will display 20 featured projects, offering a behind-the-scenes look at its creative process. Beginning January 24th and running through August 30th, 2015 the installation highlights 20 different projects designed by BIG from around the world, exploring how the cultural and climatic contexts of each location shaped their design solutions. The array of signature designs provides a glimpse into how the firm works with intense creativity and innovation while developing concepts for new buildings.
ArchiCAD 16 powered the design of the Shadetree Apartment complex located in the heart of South Carolina’s Johns Island. Morelli Clinard Residential Designs (MCRD) managed the design of the complex, made up of more than 136 units of one, two and three bedroom apartments by taking full advantage of the module feature in ArchiCAD.
“With a project of this size, updating one wall throughout the entire building can be tedious and time-consuming. By maximizing our productivity with ArchiCAD, we save time and of course, money for our client.”
The project is currently under construction with a summer 2015 completion date. The firm has experience designing and managing multi-unit residences through the module feature in ArchiCAD. On a recent town home project in Charlotte, NC the team worked on a 107 unit complex that involved eight different designs within the building. Once again being able to update a large project with single edits proved valuable.
Compelling Presentations with BIMx
Custom Timber Log Homes manages building design of log homes for the Eastern Region of the US and Canada. Chris Sparks is part owner of the company and tells us he sees each project through to blueprints and construction completion with ArchiCAD. As a long-time ArchiCAD user, Sparks has been familiar with BIMx – GRAPHISOFT’s presentation tool – and has been capitalizing on its features since its inception in 2012. The application’s ability to demonstrate the plans and designs of the log homes his company creates provides a wonderful tool. So when BIMx Docs – the next generation of presentation tool that combines 2D drawings with the 3D documents – was released in October of 2013, Sparks was anxious to try it.
“I’ve been using ArchiCAD since version 8 and BIMx for a year and a half. I always get fantastic feedback – people are blown away by what I can show them and what the software itself can do. With the advent of BIMx Docs – being able to map the BIM and the construction documents – well, we’re at a whole other level of wow.”