Sloped surface patterns in Revit

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surface tiling slope surface revit

Working with hardscapes or sloped floors it sometimes happens that a model pattern will deform or behave strange in Revit. This is often the result of a curved face. Normal manipulation of model patterns (move, align and rotatable) will only apply for straight planes so to fix this unwanted deformation we need to manipulate surface by height points or sketch of the floor.

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BIM in Taiwan

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Taiwan 1st BIM project Wei-Wu-Ying
Recent years many organisations and governments started to actively promote or even prescribe the use of Building Information Modeling for new projects. Now also the Taiwan has started informing the local building industry by sharing knowledge and goals during an annual BIM symposium. Being the only western participant of this symposion and working with the Taiwan industry for 2 years I managed to get a good glimpse of the current level of BIM in Taiwan.

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Enscape for Revit

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Enscape real time render for on of our projects

Video game engines have a long history of follow our latest graphic and display technologies. Their popularity made hardware more powerful and affordable every year, and we have now reached a point where real-time graphic processing engines for games can become a powerful new tool for architectural studies.

The folks at Inreal technologies understood this and developed a Revit plugin called Enscape3d, that directly uses the Revit project database to map and render a real-time walk-able export in minutes. This gives architects new tools to visually test the effects of the modeled spaces with realistic textures and light, thus allowing them to make improvements in the design before documenting it for construction.

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Tainan Public Libary competition

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Tainan Public Libary

I’m happy to annonce that our team won the design competition for Tainan’s new Public Library in Taiwan. For this project we used a Building Information Modeling proces to let our team collaborate together towards an more integrated architecture, landscape and interior design. The design was built digital in Revit using design script and custom families.

Read more about this project in my portfolio


three centers in Shenzhen under construction

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facade belt concrete framing youth centre Shenzhen

Construction of the Three Centers and Bookmall in Shenzhen China has started half a year ago and now the first parts of its curved and tilted structural concrete walls get visible. This columns and beam system is following the facade shape and will be clearly visible in the interior voids of the different centers. The cut-outs shown in the facade will house closed and openable  windows running horizontally and diagonally around the four sculptural buildings.

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Architecture & Google cardboard

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At a our recent 30 years anniversary celebration of Mecanoo we had some fun showing guests our recent digital designed projects in with the google cardboard.
This simple but amazingly effective tool has helped us to introduce virtual reality to a wider audience. Here are a few examples of our Virtual Reality tour for mobiel VR viewers.

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BIM & Architectural Education

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maquette Loft Amstel III Transformation

Building Information Modeling is among us for more than a decade and has proven itself to be a smarter and more efficient way to document and design buildings. So why is this collaborative workflow still not implemented in our education system? A quick search on the internet shows most architectural vacancies are for engineers/architects with Revit/BIM experience. Many of our graduates and interns learn how to design in a BIM environment on the job, but it would help if universities provides students with better understanding and training in how to use the latest design tools and methods to collaborate with others.

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