What are the principal advantages of creating a conceptual design model using masses before diving into the detailed design and building element modeling?
Doing this allows high-level design intent to be assessed by both the design team and the owners while saving the designers the trouble of being stuck in minute details. This way, lots of time can be saved if the general building form does not quite meet the expectations of any party just yet. Placing key components such as cores, mechanical shafts, and restrooms into the conceptual mass can also help determine if allocated spaces and forms are feasible in terms of basic functionality and structural integrity.
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?
Depending on the scale and complexity of the structure, it might not always be necessary to begin a design using a conceptual mass model. Smaller, more regular-form buildings such as small houses or two-story shop-lots might not need to be designed conceptually due to simplicity in design as well as the abundance of precedent or prior expertise from most parties on the design-build team. However, if a tall building or a building with a unique geometry is to be designed, conceptual mass models would help all teams involved in the AEC process to make early predictions and estimates regarding the feasibility and challenges involved, such as aesthetic value, lateral loading, possible quantity takeoffs, insolation and thermal behavior etc.
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