Join Thiago Santos Mundim for an in-depth discussion in this video Modeling zones, part of ArchiCAD Essential Training.
- [Voiceover] Now it's time to start adding name to the ambiance of this house. And the way to do that in ArchiCAD is by using the zone tool. So, I'm gonna go here and before we edit the zone tool, I'm gonna show you how we add a zone to the plan. And ArchiCAD give us some options for the methods, one is where we can draw the polygon of the zone, the second one here is where ArchiCAD is gonna detect the walls and add the the ambient for us. So, for instance, I'm gonna add a zone for this bathroom and I'm gonna let ArchiCAD detect the walls.
I'm just gonna click here on this ambient, ArchiCAD has already detected the edge, and now ArchiCAD is asking me where I want the zone to stamp. I'm gonna click somewhere in here and there we go. We have a zone with a zone number, a placeholder for a floor finish, and the calculated area. Sometimes you don't wanna use this method to use add the zone, sometimes it's better to draw the polygon. For instance, if I wanna add a zone for this kitchen, I'd rather just draw the poly line around.
If you get one point wrong, you just use the delete key, or the backspace key to go back on point. And I'm gonna go here, keep on adding. And the reason why I'm not using the second method here to detect the walls, is because I want this room to have a different ambiance instead of having everything as one ambient. I'm gonna go and close here, now ArchiCAD is asking me where I want this stamp, I'm gonna put it on the middle here.
And now we can go ahead and start editing those zones, so I'm gonna select this one and let's go to the settings dialogue. You can use the shortcut control + t, let's put it here in the middle. So, the first thing on the name in positioning tab here, we can choose the category of zone, so you can use one of those, or you can create your own categories with different colors, let's keep it generic for now. You can change the name of the zone, so here we're gonna go change it for kitchen.
You can change this number of the zone so you can have a unique number for each ambient. I'm gonna keep it four, because we're not really gonna show it at this stage of the project. The zone is actually a 3D element that's why it's part of the design, not part of the documentation. It has a volume, it has a shape, which is the shape of the room. And here we can, just like the walls, choose if the zone if attached to the ground floor, all the way to the first floor, with some distance.
I'm gonna change here the subfloor thickness to zero because we don't have a floor thickness, yet. And the distance to the next one to 300, which is the thickness of our slot, we could also change the polygon, the geometry method of the zone. We're gonna keep it that way. And sometimes when you have very small rooms, you may want to rotate the zone 90 degrees here. Now that we have set the name of the zone, we can go ahead to the settings of the zone where we can choose first the content of the zone.
Right now we have a lot of content here. I'm gonna remove everything. 'Cause the only thing I want right now is the zone name and the zone areas. But you can have also, things like custom text, windows area, so the zone will detect the windows that we have in the zone, you have finishes, heights, so on. At this stage, on schematic design you don't really wanna show that. You can also edit the zone content or the zone appearance per scale.
So right now, we are changing how the zone is gonna look in the one to 50. The zone is scale sensitive, which means on the one to 100, this zone can have different information. I'm not gonna edit everything right now, because we're gonna stick to the one to 50, but this is very handy when you wanna show less information when you go to one to 100, or even less, or no information when you go to one to 200. I'm gonna go ahead and move forward here. So, basically if I click on the top, we can go and change the appearance of all those fields that we could choose on the content here.
So the only we have is the areas, so I'm gonna go here to area and volume. And the only thing I want to do here is change the calculated area title to A, or if you want, area. It's the prefix before the actual area here. And one last thing is the appearance of the zone stamp here, where we can choose the frame style. Gonna choose no frame at all. And you can also choose the orientation of the text.
If you wanna change more settings like the size of text and things, you have to go back here to the zone stamp where you can go and change everything in more detail. But I'm not gonna change anything right now, the zone's looking like this kitchen with the area, that's good. I'm gonna press okay and there we go. So, now you can go ahead and start adding zones to every ambient of this house, from basement to the first floor.
- 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.