Join Thiago Santos Mundim for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with railings, part of ArchiCAD Essential Training.
- [Narrator] Now it's time for us to add some railings to our staircases and balconies and I'm going to start doing that here on the basement. The railing tool is just below the stair tool. To add a railing you simply draw a baseline, and then to finish the railing, you either click again on the last point, or you right-click anywhere on the screen, and then press OK. We can do a railing like this, that is not associated to anything, or we can do railings associated to elements like a staircase, a wall, or a slab.
Notice that those elements become blue when I pass my mouse on the edges of them. If I draw a railing here, like clicking on the edges of this staircase, and then click again at the end, we're going to have a railing that is associated with it. This means the railing will follow the 2D representation of the staircase with the break line and the hidden line above. And also, if I change the staircase shape for any reason, the railing should follow. Now I don't really want to do that, so I'm going to undo this, and then I will also delete those two railings that I don't need.
Now there's another way to do railings, which is by using the magic wand. I'm going to click on the railing tool again and then press and hold the space bar and click on the corner of this stair. Then ArchiCAD will draw the railing all around. I notice here that the railing is on the wrong side of the baseline, so I'm going to click on it and then change the reference line here on the eave walks. Now if we go to the ground floor, we should see the railing coming from the basement.
And if I draw a marquee here and press the F4, we should be able to see our railing in 3D. The same way we did the railing on the 2D, we can do here on the 3D window, so I'm going to do a railing around this staircase. I'm going to go to the railing tool and then make sure the staircase is blue. Click on the first point. I don't really need to go all the way around like this; I can simply go all the way to the end of the staircase and ArchiCAD will draw the railing all around the edges.
I also don't need to finish the staircase here; I can continue and do the parapet here on the top of this slab, so I'm going to click there and then right click on the window and press OK. I can see my railing has a post that is flying on the air and going all the way to the bottom. That should be fixed if I change here the reference line to be on the correct position. Here we go. And we have our railing.
Now we can also do that with the magic wand, so I'm going to select the railing tool, press and hold the space bar, and then click on the edge of the staircase. And we have a railing going all the way up. Even after I've finished the railing, I can select it, and if click on this blue baseline, we can change the shape of the railing. If I click here at the end of the baseline, we should have some options on the pet palette, one of them being the continue railing button, which allows me to continue.
I'm going to go all the way here and finish the railing. I can see there's a lot of setting here to be done. My hand rail is on the wrong side, but we're going to do that after. If I go back to the ground floor, we should see the railing starting here, and if we go to the first floor, we should see the railing going up. More tidy-ups to do here after. Now, if I want to do a railing on this slab, we can do it associated with it as well.
A quick tip is to, if you want to do a railing that is associated to the slab, you need to pass the mouse on the corners of it, and for example, I'm not getting the slab I want, so I'm going to keep the mouse here, press tab key, and I change the slab to this one. I want to start this railing exactly here on this wall associated with the slab, and that's why, if I select this slab, you're going to see that I did some nodes to the slab, which means I can now associate my railing to this node.
If I click on the railing, keep my mouse here, and then press tab, so it's changing to the wall, and then press tab again, it will change the slab. I click on this node, and just like the staircase, I don't need to go all the way around, I can actually go all the way to the last point of the railing, and then use the tab to change direction, and click here twice to apply my railing. I can see it went wrong, so I'm going to undo that and try it again.
I'm going to press tab once, tap twice, click on the first point. Look, if I go to here, notice my railing going all the way around. Same goes here, but it's going below, so I'm going to do here again, press tab, click once, twice, and I have my railing going around the slab. I can see it's also on the wrong side of it, so I'm going to change the reference line. Let's take a look at this in 3D. I'm going to press F4 to see everything in 3D.
If we go around, we have this railing that is associated to the slab, meaning if I change the slab shape, the railing will follow. I don't really want to do that. I'm going to go back here. And that's how you add railings to ArchiCAD. Now go ahead, add railings on all the staircases, and all the balconies, because next we're going to look at the settings of railings.
- Opening and navigating an ArchiCAD project
- Setting up working units and stories
- Importing drawings
- Modeling walls, slabs, doors, and windows
- Grouping and ungrouping objects
- Creating sections and elevations
- Working with dimensions
- Publishing drawings
- Modeling and documenting detailed designs
Skill Level Appropriate for all
Q: This course was updated on 06/14/2017. What changed?
A: The following topics were updated: using the Stair tool and working with objects. In addition, new videos were added that cover what's new in ArchiCAD 21, stair settings, working with railings, railing settings, using the Multiply tool, and 3D styles.