Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Saltzman House

In this video post I worked on my composting in post work and I consider this my first draft. I hope you enjoy the Saltzman House.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Smith House Video

Hello again, I finished the Smith House and made a video using the Drawings and Stills that I rendered in Revit. I hope you enjoy.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Linking the Smith House Site Cad File into Revit: Part One

Hello again, I know it’s been awhile, what can I say the Mavericks had an awesome playoff run, I also had to finish up some Contract work, and I also became a Certified 2011 Revit Professional. Over the last month I finished modeling The Smith House (Fig. 1) and now it just needs a site to sit on. So in this Two Part post I am going to create a 3d site plan for the Smith House in cad and then link the cad file into Revit.
Fig. 1
The first step is to import a image file of the Smith House Site Plan into a cad file, which I've named Smith House Site Plan. I scale the image to the proper size. ( Fig 2).and rotate the image to True North, so that when I link the site file into Revit the site is at True North (Fig. 3) 

Fig. 2
So now I'm ready to trace the contour lines using a combination of Spline lines and Polylines to create the site.(Key Shortcut spl & pl) (Fig. 4) After tracing the contour lines I make sure that I join the connecting Polylines & Splines lines together (Key Shortcut J) so that the contour line is one continuous Polyline.

With the lines joined I am going to assume that because the Smith House sits next to Long Island Sound that the first contour line is going to be at sea level. So starting with 0' I'm going to raise each contour line 1' until the last contour line which sits at 33'. (Fig. 5) is what the site looks like from the front view.
Fig. 3
After we save the file I close Autocad, I open a new Revit project file. I am now going to make a Site Template so that from now on I can just open this template to create a Site for future projects.

First, I change the name of Level One to Sea Level. Then opening up an elevation view and delete Level 2. After that I  delete any view in the Properties Palette that I don't need in a site file such as the ceiling plans or an elevation. (Don't worry you can always create a new view if you need one.) Then I am going to save the file as a Template called Master Site Template. 
Fig. 4

Now we are almost ready to Link the file into Revit. I open the Site View and go to the Properties Palette. I change the Orientation to True North then scroll down to the View Range.

When you click on the View Range you get a View Range dialog box (Fig. 6). Every view has a view range property, which is a set of planes that controls the view visibility or view range and are broken up into three planes.
Fig. 5
 The Top Plane represents the topmost view and is set in the Site to 200' which is fine because our Site height is only 33'. I set the Associate Level to Sea Level
The Cut Plane  is where the view will cut into geometry, which is typical at 4' in the floor plan views. The Site view it is set by default to 200' which is again fine for this particular project.
The Bottom Plane is the very lowest level of the view range. and is set by default to Level Below. then I click apply.

Fig. 6
Now I am ready to Link the Site File into Revit. So I go to Insert Tab, click on the Linked Cad Panel, you get a Dialog Box (Fig. 7) so that you can navigate to the cad site file. at the bottom of the dialogue box there are a few options were we change 

Color: Preserve 
Layers: All
Import units: feet
Positioning: Auto Origin to Origin,  In this case I will chose Origin to Origin. because I positioned the site in cad to 0,0
Place at: Sea Level 

Note: Make sure you don't click the current view ( Which Is to the Left) because If you do, you wont be able to create a toposurface later on. Click OK and the cad file is linked into the Revit File.(Fig. 8) In part two I will link the Smith House Project file into the new site File and Publish the coordinates back to the project file. 

Fig. 7
Fig. 8    

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Smith House Post Three: Fire Place Extrusion Model

Smith House Model

Hello again, as you can see I have a gotten a lot done on the Smith House this week. In this third post for the Smith House I thought I would focus on the fireplace. The fireplace of the Smith House sits prominently on the southeast side of the house. The fireplace sits boldly on the outside of the house and rises above the main roof. The Fire Place acts as a sculptural piece that provides the house with an external focal point.

In plan it sits directly opposite to the entry and acts as a terminus to the entrance. The fireplace seems to have been pulled from the solid balloon structure of the private side, and the dense painted brick fireplace pushes all the way to the outside through a tight frame of mullions. Meier uses the fireplace to create a dialog for old material versus new material. The dense brick acts as a counter point to the glass and steel facade, thus creating a dialog between the two sides of the house and also ties the public side back to the private side.

The tutorial video is how I modeled the fireplace by using a generic model family template. Then using reference planes I created parameters that controls the extrusions and extrusions void. So I hope the video is helpful and thank you so much for visiting my blog, and GO MAVS!!!

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