What are the principal advantages of creating a conceptual design model using masses before diving into the detailed design and building element modeling?
By using masses to create a conceptual design, it is much easier to create multiple levels, floors, walls, and roofs without focusing on a fine amount of detail. This makes a lot of sense for large commercial buildings like these, where there is a lot of repetition between floors and elements throughout.
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?
Modeling using conceptual masses is likely best for large commercial buildings that rely on interior design for a lot of the customization. Again, these buildings that exhibit a lot of repetition can benefit from a design by conceptual mass, while a small house that can use a lot of customization from the beginning likely should not be modeled first using conceptual masses.
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?
- 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