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Designing the assets

From: Advanced Modeling in Revit Architecture

Video: Designing the assets

I would like to take a few minutes to give you a tour of the project that we'll be building in this course. The conceptual modeling environment was conceived as an environment where you could explore design ideas in a fluid and unencumbered way. It is intended primarily as a conceptual design platform. As such, we thought it would be appropriate and exciting to create a new building design from scratch and watch it evolve in the conceptual massing environment as we proceed through the course. With this in mind, allow me to introduce you to the San Angelico Museum of Contemporary Art. When preparing this course I found myself wearing two hats, my architectural hat and my educator's hat.

Designing the assets

I would like to take a few minutes to give you a tour of the project that we'll be building in this course. The conceptual modeling environment was conceived as an environment where you could explore design ideas in a fluid and unencumbered way. It is intended primarily as a conceptual design platform. As such, we thought it would be appropriate and exciting to create a new building design from scratch and watch it evolve in the conceptual massing environment as we proceed through the course. With this in mind, allow me to introduce you to the San Angelico Museum of Contemporary Art. When preparing this course I found myself wearing two hats, my architectural hat and my educator's hat.

Architecturally, we wanted to make an interesting facility that reflects the many challenges that you typically face in architectural projects. Educationally, we wanted a project that would allow us a fun and interesting way to explore the many features that the Revit Massing Environment has to offer. The most interesting part of the story is how we get started. Early in the process we discussed how it would be nice to follow a project-based approach and there was a photograph. My producer shared with me this image of the SAMOCA Museum. Intrigued, I set off to create the Revit model and see if I could match it, maybe not the way that most projects begin, but certainly it was fun and interesting.

The initial photograph we worked from had a very contemporary feel. I knew it would be a nice fit for Revit's conceptual tools, but even though the tools are often showcased in creating such contemporary forms, I also wanted to show how they can use successfully to create traditional forms as well. This lead me to the idea of marrying the two styles together in the same building. The site I chose for the building has low-density residential on one side and medium density on the other. This made it easy to imagine that our local residents would be concerned with the scale of the proposed facility and it's being overpowering to the feel and fabric of their neighborhood.

So our design combines a striking contemporary main building to the south with the north wing that takes on the vernacular of the neighborhood by incorporating a series of townhouse facades. With the overall form addressing both our architectural and educational goals, we involved the designer who helped us develop the interior program and layout of the facility. The result was a main building that contains a grand stair that takes on a sculptural feel and connects all of the gallery spaces in a hub around the center. A striking light wall cuts through the center of the facility mirroring the angle of the townhouse wing.

The main floor contains gallery spaces, an outdoor sculpture garden and a three-story Graffiti Gallery. The Graffiti Gallery is one of my favorite parts of the design. It features a massive two-story rendered block wall that soars above the space and is bathed in natural light. The wall's mass protects the interior galleries from that same light. To complete the effect, we even commissioned a custom-designed graffiti mural to adorn the wall. We've gone to great lengths to show a diversity of techniques here using the SAMOCA Museum Project. We'll look at many tools and techniques throughout the course with SAMOCA providing an architecturally interesting backdrop.

I hope you've enjoyed this quick tour of SAMOCA, now please join me as we rollup our sleeves and begin building.

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Advanced Modeling in Revit Architecture

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  1. 5m 20s
    1. Welcome
      1m 6s
    2. What you should know
      27s
    3. Designing the assets
      3m 1s
    4. Using the exercise files
      46s
  2. 1h 13m
    1. Exploring modeling approaches
      6m 17s
    2. Understanding the massing environment
      13m 16s
    3. Building an in-place mass
      7m 26s
    4. Creating massing forms
      12m 37s
    5. Manipulating forms
      8m 50s
    6. Using X-Ray and Dissolve
      7m 13s
    7. Understanding reference-based and model-based lines
      7m 51s
    8. Designing parametric masses
      10m 21s
  3. 1h 39m
    1. Importing a site image
      11m 17s
    2. Setting up a massing file
      6m 3s
    3. Adding basic forms
      10m 33s
    4. Building the annex
      7m 54s
    5. Cutting mass floors
      7m 44s
    6. Performing an energy analysis
      9m 38s
    7. Modifying building forms
      11m 10s
    8. Laying out a floor plan
      9m 2s
    9. Modeling with standard building blocks
      13m 54s
    10. Applying geometry to surfaces
      12m 41s
  4. 1h 13m
    1. Configuring divided surfaces
      10m 33s
    2. Adding patterns
      6m 21s
    3. Creating a custom panel family
      9m 42s
    4. Nesting families
      8m 27s
    5. Creating complex panels
      8m 30s
    6. Finishing complex panels
      6m 57s
    7. Stitching borders
      7m 56s
    8. Exploring advanced stitching strategies
      6m 22s
    9. Working with reporting parameters
      8m 58s
  5. 37m 13s
    1. Understanding adaptive points
      6m 40s
    2. Knowing when to use adaptive components
      2m 40s
    3. Nesting adaptive families
      6m 43s
    4. Understanding lofting techniques
      10m 19s
    5. Strategizing with adaptive components
      10m 51s
  6. 29m 24s
    1. Editing floors
      4m 38s
    2. Refining face-based walls
      6m 54s
    3. Building walls from floor edges
      6m 27s
    4. Adding dormers
      7m 45s
    5. Creating soffits
      3m 40s
  7. 36m 9s
    1. Creating vertically compound walls
      6m 11s
    2. Adding sweeps and reveals
      6m 26s
    3. Understanding host sweeps and reveals
      6m 33s
    4. Sculpting a wall
      9m 11s
    5. Building shafts
      7m 48s
  8. 36m 38s
    1. Designing with curtain wall types
      12m 32s
    2. Creating custom curtain walls
      8m 15s
    3. Working with curtain panels
      6m 19s
    4. Building sloped glazing
      9m 32s
  9. 43m 58s
    1. Setting up a stair type
      4m 52s
    2. Building a custom stair
      7m 28s
    3. Finishing a custom stair
      5m 22s
    4. Editing railings
      6m 10s
    5. Importing a CAD file
      4m 22s
    6. Applying decals
      6m 10s
    7. Creating a custom material
      9m 34s
  10. 44s
    1. What's next
      44s

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