What are the principal advantages of creating a conceptual design model using masses before diving into the detailed design and building element modeling?
Should all buildings be modeled first using conceptual masses?
When is it needed/appropriate? And when not?
For example, should you create a conceptual mass model of a small house?
All building should not be modeled first using conceptual masses. Conceptual masses will be helpful in exploring designs with geometrically interesting shapes, intricate details, difficult-to-build structure, large amount of components, etc. Conceptual masses would not be appropriate when it comes to smaller buildings, such as a small house. With smaller, non-complex buildings, it would be more beneficial to focus on the interior make-up and functions of the building rather than its mass.
Can you think of any examples of a real building around the world that most likely was created by exploring the form using conceptual mass models?
How would you abstract the essential form of these famous buildings using conceptual mass elements that you can create in Revit?
- One World Trade Center: https://www.archdaily.com/795277/one-world-trade-center-som
- CMG Headquarters: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CMG_Headquarters#/media/File:China_Central_Television_Headquarters_2.jpg
- Twisting torso: https://www.archdaily.com/771471/santiago-calatravas-turning-torso-wins-ctbuhs-10-year-award
- Apple campus: https://www.archdaily.com/804970/apple-campus-2-held-to-fantastical-standard-of-detail-new-report-reveals
- Salesforce tower: https://www.archdaily.com/889519/salesforce-tower-pelli-clarke-pelli-architects