Module 6 - Points to Ponder

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Jianqi Xue
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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?

Because you would like to start with a bigger picture of your design, which is what the conceptual mass looks like. First things first, you should have the general and basic idea of the overall shape and the size of the building. The conceptual mass will help you visualize the design in the early stages. It is easier to change the parameters of the conceptual mass, instead of making adjustments for every corresponding element in a detailed model. So, you would not start working on details until the conceptual mass is done.

If you start diving into the detailed design and building element modeling in the first place, there will be a lot of related changes of details and elements needed to make for a single change of the general concept of the design.

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?

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.


Manhattan Loft Gardens is a 143-metre-high tower with two cantilevers designed by Skidmore Owings & Merrill that overlooks London's 2012 Olympic Games park.

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: