Part Three. Advanced Modeling

Chapter 12. Revit – Organic shaped ceiling and column

Session Objectives

Upon completing this session, students will be able to:

  • (CO 1) Create an organic wooden pattern ceiling/wall/bench
  • (CO 2) Create a geometric pattern ceiling
  • (CO 3) Create an organic column vs. a geometric pattern column

 Session Highlights

At the end of the session, students can create the graphics below.

It is the final expected result at the end of this lecture. Readers can create three types of interior design elements using a massing tool.


 Lecture Contents

(CO1) Create an organic wooden pattern ceiling/wall/bench

In this tutorial, you will use massing to create an organic pattern form for the ceiling, wall, and bench. You will use create solid form and void form to create wooden panels.

  • [STEP 1] Create Floor, wall, and ceiling to define the boundary of the space > Open a floor plan, a side view, and 3D view with section box to see the wall view > make a tile view > change visual style to [floor plan – hidden line], [side view – wireframe], [3D view – shaded with edge].
    It demonstrates the walls and floor to create the interior design model.
  • [STEP 2] Set reference planes with dimensions and names.
    It indicates how to add the reference planes to create the mass surface.
  • [STEP 3] Create a mass with [In-Place mass] by drawing 5 model lines (use spline and lines).
    Tips. Create a closed-loop with splines and lines and create a form to confirm the loop can be created the mass. Copy the loop on the same reference plane and change the host so others and edit the line shape.
    It demonstrates the model lines to create the mass surface.
  • [STEP 4] Create solid forms. You must select only two and make a solid form. So, you need four forms if you have five closed loops > Select forms and apply a material.
    It indicates how to create mass surface and add a material to the surface.
  • [STEP 5] Create a rectangle void form and copy > Click [Finish Mass] to complete the modeling.
    It indicates how to create voids to the mass surface.

(CO2) Create a geometric pattern ceiling

In this tutorial, you will use massing to create a geomatic pattern form for the ceiling. You will use nodes and components to create geometric surfaces.

  • [STEP 1] Create Floor, wall, and ceiling to define the boundary of the space > Open a ceiling plan, a side view, and 3D view with section box to see wall view > make a tile view > change visual style to [ceiling plan – hidden line], [side view – wireframe], [3D view – shaded with edges].
  • [STEP 2] Set reference planes with dimensions and name them. I will create two reference planes for different dimensions.
    It indicates how to create reference planes for different levels of the ceiling.
  • [STEP 3] Add nodes on the different levels of reference planes.
    It indicates how to create nodes for the base of the ceiling.
  • [STEP 4] Insert a family [Triangle (bent) Surface] from Revit library [Curtain Panel By Pattern].
    It indicates how to load the Triangle (bent) Surface family model.
  • [STEP 5] Add the component by selecting nodes.
    It indicates how to create triangle surface using the component and nodes.
  • [STEP 6] Add/Modify material if needed.
    It indicates how to change the surface materials.
  • [STEP 7] Select [Finish mass] to complete creating the mass. To change shapes or material, you must click the mass instead of the family, then you click [Edit In-Place].
    Note, you can add lighting fixtures by selecting [Place on Face].
    It indicates how to add lighting fixtures on to the ceiling.

(CO3) Create organic column vs. geometric pattern column

In this tutorial, you will use massing to create an organic pattern form for a column and a geometric form for a column. You will use technics that you used in CO 1 and CO 2.

  • [STEP 1] Set reference planes with dimensions and names.
    It indicates how to add reference planes for the column.
  • [STEP 2] Draw model lines on referent planes.
    It indicates how to create model lines onto the reference planes.
  • [STEP 3] Select model lines that you draw and create a solid form.
    It indicates how to create mass surface using the model lines.
  • [STEP 4] Click [Divide surface] > Adjust numbers of U grid and V grid > Select a pattern that you want to use, but this function may not be useful to apply materials and be accurate modeling.
    It indicates how to edit the massing surface.
  • [STEP 5] Copy the mass and click [Dissolve] from the [Modify] tab. Add components by clicking the points of the model lines to create geometric faces.
    It indicates how to create a column using the triangle surface component.

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