Module 6 - Points to Ponder

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Module 6 - Points to Ponder
Please share your comments on 2 of the following Points to Ponder questions. (Choose 2 of the questions below.)

What are the principal advantages of creating a conceptual design model using masses before diving into the detailed design and building element modeling?

Using masses allows designers to conceptualize the initial shape of the building before they begin to focus on smaller details. This order of focus is ideal for larger buildings where the overall exterior shape of the building usually takes priority. This is contrasted by residential design where individual rooms and spaces are often designed, and then put together to form the overall exterior shape of the building.

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?

For larger buildings, which will have a significant impact on the surrounding environment, it is more appropriate to use a conceptual mass modeling. From this approach, designers can focus on the overall shape of the building, how it will be perceived by the public, and how it will interact with surrounding buildings.

For smaller builds, like a house, I believe conceptual mass design is not the best option. In this case, priority should be placed on individual spaces, and how they will be used. Therefore, for the residential case, I believe it is better to design interior spaces, then stitch them together to form the exterior shape of the building.

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?

Please post and share images of these examples to this Notion page.

How would you abstract the essential form of these famous buildings using conceptual mass elements that you can create in Revit?

  1. One World Trade Center:
  2. CMG Headquarters:
  3. Twisting torso:
  4. Apple campus:
  5. Salesforce tower: