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Liangtong Lyu
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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.)

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?

No, not all buildings need to be modeled first using conceptual masses. Conceptual mass modeling is commonly used in complex shaped structures or very large-scale project. Because the time consumption for modeling these project can be huge. By modeling conceptual masses, designers can get an idea of the final design n a short time, then go into the real modeling. when the project is small scale, for example a small house, it's not a good idea to use 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.


The Diamond Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia could be an example of using conceptual mass models to explore desion options. The twisted shape and curved surface requires great effort to model.


Another example is the Lotus Temple in New Delhi, India. The attractive architect seems to be really hard to model and could be an example of using conceptual masses first.