Monday, March 30, 2009

Designing round wall room with Archicad

Archicad is software which many Architects around the world use to design houses and buildings. It is easy to use and powerful. One of the features which Archicad has for home design is round wall. Classic and contemporary houses have rounded walls.
In this article or Archicad tutorial, I will show you how to design a room that has a round wall at its front. The room that I design is a simple one, not part of a building or a house. It is only used as a study case for the round wall design. OK, the first thing that you need to do is starting the Archicad from your computer. Then, start a new project. After that, make a slab floor with the size of 6 meter x 9 meters. Your Archicad should look like this.
round-wall-1.jpg
After creating the slab floor with the Slab tool provided by Archicad, you can now proceed to designing the walls. The walls from point A to D should be the straight one. Wall AB is shorter than wall CD. When you have finished creating the straight wall of the room, you can continue by clicking the round tool as shown on the following picture. You need to click three points to create the round wall, i.e. points D, E, and A.
round-wall-2.jpg
If you have finished creating the walls, straight and curved ones, you can add door and windows. Click the door and window tools on the left of the Archicad window which is located in the toolbox. The windows which you add to the curved wall will adjust their contour according to the curve form of the wall.
round-wall-3.jpg
Now you have made the simple room of a house which has a round or curve wall at the front including its door and windows. To visualize the room that you have just created, right click your move and select view in 3D. Your designed room should look like the picture below.
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by Charles Roring in Manokwari of West Papua - Indonesia
If you want to read more Archicad tutorials from me, you can also read the following articles:
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