Rhino Modelling for Architects


Rhino Modelling for Architects

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    What is the course about?

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    In this course we will examine how to setup architectural models in Rhino. We will be examining the NeuNationalgalerie by architect Mies van der Rohe, a modernist icon from the mid-20th century, and learning how we might model it in Rhino from 2D plans and sections of the building. 

    Mies famously coined the term ‘less is more’, and the gallery was his last project and is considered the culmination of his architectural approach, focusing on simplicity and open space. The gallery is an icon of 20th century architecture, and is essentially just a glass & steel box sitting above a podium. The gallery features a large open exhibition space free of interior columns bound by glass walls and a floating roof, blurring the boundaries between interior and exterior space. In 2021, it reopened after a significant renovation by David Chipperfield architects.


    What will you learn in each video?

    This lesson will give background to architect Mies van der Rohe’s Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin, which we will be attempting to model in this course.

    When modelling an existing building in Rhino, the easiest way to get started is to use existing reference drawings, such as plans, sections and elevations, to build your 3D model from. This lesson will examine how to setup each of these drawings in Rhino.

    Before modelling a detailed version of our building, it’s sometimes helpful to create a quick massing model to better understand the scale and elements of the building. This lesson will step through the basic modelling of each of the major elements of the Neue Nationalgalerie.

    Once reference drawings are setup, the next step is to convert the information from the plans into a 3D CAD model. This lesson will explore workflows to create walls and windows from an existing architectural plan in Rhino.

    Blocks are collecitons of 3D objects that can be copied throughout your file and, when one is updated all are updated. This lesson will explore the benefits of using blocks in Rhino and how it can be applied to the 3D model of the Neue Nationalgalerie.

    This lesson will explore how to complete the modelling of the base podium of the Neue Nationalgalerie.

    This lesson will explore how to complete the modelling of the top pavilion of the Neue Nationalgalerie.

    What are the learning objectives for the course?

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