What are the principal advantages of creating a conceptual design model using masses before diving into the detailed design and building element modeling?
There are multiple principal advantages to creating a conceptual model using masses first. If working under somebody who has given you parameters, one must be sure to split off the area and floors with which to model. Another advantage is it allows the creator to stay in a 2D/3D constant space that will show immediately if building proportions are incorrect. Finally, designing models using masses allows for the formation of many creative elements and shapes for initial structure.
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?
Larger structures should definitely be constructed using conceptual masses. Mass import allows the structure to be molded to the customer liking very easily. The floors allow for discipline in work, but also a creative flow that can be used accordingly. In terms of a smaller house, it is often not necessary to use masses. This is especially true when one does not have restrictions on the model.
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