Join Thiago Mundim for an in-depth discussion in this video Curtain wall, part of ArchiCAD Essential Training.
- [Voiceover] I'm gonna open a new ArchiCAD file here, so we can take a look on the curtain wall. So, let's go to the curtain wall tool here on the toolbar. We have some different methods for adding a curtain wall, so if I click and hold here. I can change to a polyline curtain wall method. And then, we can go and add the polyline that will represent our curtain wall. So, we can also make it a curved curtain wall. And then, if I click two times on the last point, ArchiCAD will finish, and now it is asking me where is the inside and where is the outside of the curtain wall.
So, I'm gonna click here below the line. Which means, this is the outside. We can also choose the height of this curtain wall, I'm gonna keep it 3100 for now, and then press, "Place". So, here we have our curtain wall in plan, if I press "F3" we also have it in 3D. So, let's take a look in the settings for this curtain wall. So, on the left we have elements of this curtain wall. On the right we have the settings for it. So if you go here to "Scheme", here we have the primary grid lines, where we can choose those columns.
Right now we have one column of 900, another of 300. So, for example, if I change these to 900 as well. We're gonna have two identical width columns. You can also add new columns, or remove them, as you want. So, I'm gonna keep it only one for now. On the secondary grid line, the same logic applies, but you're changing the height of those panels. One important thing here is, if you click on the panel, it will become grey. If you click it again, it'll become white.
And, that means this panel is "Main", or a "Distinct" panel. So, it can add different settings for them. So, if I click here on the "Main", you'll notice that this is a generic panel made of glass. On "Distinct" this is a generic panel made of metal aluminium. And then, you can also choose to a different kind of panel, you can make it a custom panel, or a door-window panel if you want to. I'm gonna keep it generic for now, we're gonna change this in a little bit. And then, finally, we can choose the frames as well.
Where you can choose how the boundary of the curtain wall looks. How the vertical mullions, or the horizontal transoms look like. So, right now, the transoms are butt-glazed, which means we don't see the frame outside. And, on the mullion we have a generic here. Let's change it to butt-glazed as well. And, similar settings to the transom ones. So, going back to the scheme, I want to have the first, and the second frames as a main. And the third one, let's say we have a fitted glass, so I'm gonna keep it solid.
Let's go ahead and press "Okay". And, here you'll see that the curtain wall is now adjusted to the new settings. But for me, the magic of curtain wall happens here on the 3D. If we select this curtain wall, and then press this button, "Edit". ArchiCAD is gonna enter into a edit mode for our curtain wall. Where, all the other tools disappear, and we have only tools for curtain walls. We also have here some options for this curtain wall. Where we can hide some elements, for example, if I hide here all the panels and all the frames.
The curtain wall disappears. And, if you turned on the scheme, we can actually see the surface that guides the curtain wall. So, let's click on this surface and start changing some stuff. So, if I click here on this blue line, and then click on the edge of it. We can change this surface as if it was a polyline. I can stretch it up for a certain measure, if you want to. I'm gonna do the same with the second curtain wall here, stretch the same. And then, the same with the third one, You can also add new nodes for this frame.
So, let's stretch the same height as the other. And, let's add a new node here. You can offset this node, and you can also move some points. So, let's move a point here for the curved side. Now, if we switch off scheme, and switch frames back, and the panels. You'll see that the curtain wall is following our surface that we just edit. You can also now add new elements, like if I go here, and click on the wall frame tool. We can add a new frame, so I'm gonna click somewhere in here.
And, we add a new frame, I can select this frame and change it, instead of a custom frame, to be a transom. So, it follows the other transoms. You can also delete some frames. So, if I click here, I can press "Delete", and this becomes one big panel. So, this panel, we can change it from generic to a door panel, for example. And, if we go to the settings, we could change the way that this door looks. We can change the frame, we can change the handle. I'm gonna keep it as it is.
And the same logic applies when you wanna add windows to this curtain wall. So, I'm gonna click here, change the member type to "Window 20". And, I want to change this window from "Side Hung" to a "Top Hung" type. Let's press "Okay", and then we have our top hung window. Finally, you can also add some accessories. So, if I click here on the curtain wall accessory tool. We can add a sun shade, so let's click in one, and then, another point of the sun shade. Now, ArchiCAD is asking what side is the sun shade.
I'm gonna click on this side, and we have this sun shade that we can start editing, and changing it. So, that's a quick view on the curtain wall tool, have fun with it.
- 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.