Points to Ponder Module 6

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Module 6 - Points to Ponder
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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?

It is always a good idea to use a conceptual design model before diving into detailed modeling. Using a conceptual design helped you visual the big picture of how the spaces interact, and allows you to be more creative with the overall footprint. Also, it is easier to see the outline and spacing of key building components, like restrooms, stairs, and elevators.

Should all buildings be modeled first using conceptual masses?

When is it needed/appropriate? And when not?

  • It is not always necessary to use conceptual masses before modeling. It is most appropriate for large building that will be a bit more modern. Small buildings, or even “standard” buildings that clients want to remain simple do not need to be modeled using this conceptual method beforehand.

For example, should you create a conceptual mass model of a small house?

  • Typically, no, you wouldn’t need to use a conceptual mass model for a small house, similar to our first module in class. However, if your client wants to try something cutting edge that would be difficult to do with existing components and needs an early concept shape, a conceptual mass model could be used.

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: https://www.archdaily.com/795277/one-world-trade-center-som
  2. CMG Headquarters: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CMG_Headquarters#/media/File:China_Central_Television_Headquarters_2.jpg
  3. Twisting torso: https://www.archdaily.com/771471/santiago-calatravas-turning-torso-wins-ctbuhs-10-year-award
  4. Apple campus: https://www.archdaily.com/804970/apple-campus-2-held-to-fantastical-standard-of-detail-new-report-reveals
  5. Salesforce tower: https://www.archdaily.com/889519/salesforce-tower-pelli-clarke-pelli-architects