Learn how to design an organic shaped building envelope (Heydar Aliyev centre)

  • Rhino 3D Grasshopper Architecture
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  • Play circleIntroduction - Setting up our scene

    03min 57seg

  • Play circleIntroduction - Importing our picture frames

    09min 50seg

  • Play circle2D interior - Ground floor

    13min 29seg

  • Play circle2D interior - 1st floor

    14min 53seg

  • Play circle2D interior - 2nd floor

    13min 43seg

  • Play circle2D interior - Moving the lines to the right heights

    06min 14seg

  • Play circle3D interior - Ground floor

    05min 36seg

  • Play circle3D interior - 1st and 2nd floor

    08min 19seg

  • Play circle3D interior - Stairs and ramps pt1

    10min 12seg

  • Play circle3D interior - Stairs and ramps pt2

    13min 58seg

  • Play circle3D exterior - Section curves

    10min 44seg

  • Play circle3D exterior - Reference curves

    10min 45seg

  • Play circle3D exterior - T-spline geometry explained

    04min 40seg

  • Play circle3D exterior - Facade pt1

    11min 09seg

  • Play circle3D exterior - Facade pt2

    10min 52seg

  • Play circle3D exterior - Facade pt3

    09min 21seg

  • Play circle3D exterior - Facade pt4

    21min 01seg

  • Play circle3D exterior - Facade pt5

    13min 23seg

  • Play circle3D exterior - Finishing touches

    10min 35seg

Arie-Willem de Jongh

In this course, we'll show you how to model an organic envelope using Rhino, T-splines and Grasshopper to a schematic design level. For our reference project, we’re going to use the Heydar Aliyev Centre from Zaha Hadid Architects as this project is a nice example of a building that has a challenging organic envelope and it has some beautiful inner spaces as well.

This course is going to be interesting as it covers various topics, like advanced 3D modeling and parametric modeling. We’ll also take a look at some different software, like Rhino a free-form NURBS modeler, T-splines a subD plugin for Rhino that will let us create the free-form facade more easily and accurate and finally we’ll use Grasshopper for the panelization and to generate the space frame structure.

It is a tough course for intermediate and advanced users, but it will be fun and satisfying when in the end you’ve managed to model that bad-ass facade.

Take Aways:

  • Learn how to use T-splines, a subD modeler plugin for Rhino
  • Learn various methods and techniques to tackle modeling an organic shape
  • Learn how to quickly generate schematic structural solutions using Grasshopper
  • Learn how to create a schematic panelization of the facade using Grasshopper
  • Learn the difference between NURBS surfaces; Meshes and T-spline objects, its advantages
  • and disadvantages and when it is appropriate to use either one

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