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Mon, Mar 28, 2011 at 2:38:58 AM | Building 20+ story skyscraper/highrise how do make outer structure?

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Zashi


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Aha, so, complete Revit noob here. I'm making a skyscraper (that is really more like a very tall apartment block) and I have no idea how to add proper windows and structure, if any. What I've done so far is import a mass that I made in AutoCAD (it's a square antiprism http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Square_antiprism), mass walls so that the eight faces are generic walls (200 or 300mm) and add floors/stories just by drawing them in one of the elevation views. Seemed to work, I can edit the floors in plan mode (or whatever it's called, the bird's eye view) and add walls and components and stuff.

But ANYWAY, I want to make the outer "walls" of the skyscraper the kind of mainly-glass-with-steel-frame type. I thought curtain walls would work, but I get all kinds of errors usually involving joints/joining, and when I read that curtain walls don't support the structure I figured that was why. So, is there any special kind of way to get the kind of glass-pane exterior seen so often on modern buildings these days? And structure needed to support it?

Extra info: My backup plan is to just have the outer walls made of solid steel and then add heaps of large windows. I'm guessing this ISN'T the proper way. ^_^;;


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Mon, Mar 28, 2011 at 7:29:05 AM | Building 20+ story skyscraper/highrise how do make outer structure?

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Speaking first from a construction stand point, you would need to located structural columns in one of two locations.  Either the structural columns would need to be located at the perimeter of the floor plates, or intrenal, and allow for the plates to cantilever.  Both conditions will aloow for curtain wall systems to be placed at the perimeter of the plates.  Looks like you need to run through some additional tutorials for REVIT.  A 20 story building isn't the easiest thing to do for a seasoned REVIT user.

 

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Mon, Mar 28, 2011 at 10:27:03 PM | Building 20+ story skyscraper/highrise how do make outer structure?

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Yeah... I have no idea what floor plates or cantilever are. We don't actually learn architecture, it's mainly design. Our teacher just threw us in the deep end without even him understanding the program.

I tried the structural columns, but my building's sides are sloped so they kinda... don't work. Any cheap hacks I could use? It just has to look right, doesn't matter if it would fall down in a crash of glass if it were real.


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