One of the things architects and/or constructing architects do is that they are using modular elements to;
- Cut down the construction cost
- Bring harmony to chaos
- Limit endless possibilities
- Use prefabrication to their advantage
- Speed up the construction
But when did all this started? Is it the phenomenon of the last decade to produce most of the elements off-site and just put them together as pieces of LEGO? I doubt it, just look at this picture.
See that ?! Even the good people from antic times used a modular grid to lay these corinthian columns. That means that using modular grids is not something new, we were doing it for hundreds of years.
Socrates might have walked below this piece of architecture which was built in 4th-century BC using modular grid! It might be coded in our genes, eve in nature we can see that most of the organisms are made from smaller segments, which are connected and operate as one.
As does this cute centipede (my apology to ladies). From this, we might conclude that adapting to a modular grid is a natural order and human actually sense it as a harmonious way, which has been with us from the beginning.
I would like to think of this short blogpost as an introduction to shorter series, which will cover some of the elements. I hope there is some value in what I am planning to do.
Roofs might very often be a hard nut to crack, especially when you have a little more complicated floor plan. The trick is to break the whole roof to a smaller parts and also make the roof as an extrusion.
Above you can see a fairly simple floor plan and our aim is to make roof which has gable on the west, east and south wall. Our mission starts at East Elevation.
Here we can see the east wall of our project. Architecture-Build-Roof-Roof by extrusion.You will be asked to pick a working plane. Choose Pick a plane and click on the east wall.
Now you can sketch the desired pitch of the roof.Once you click on Finish edit mode, it should look similar to this.And in 3D view.Now go to South Elevation and repeat the process.In 3D view, it looks like this. But I guess we do not want to have the dormer on the other side, so for a final touch Modify-Geometry-Join/unjoin roof.And select the edge of a small gable first and plane of the bigger roof second.Final result.
Hope I helped
If you ever needed to edit the structure of the wall, look no further, I can help you with that. In the picture below you can see two types of walls. The former is so called full brick wall, which has both the inner and outer leaf made of bricks, with a cavity filled with insulation, the latter has outer leaf made of bricks and inner leaf made of concrete, again insulation is placed between inner and outer leaf.
When we want to make our own type of the wall. We can simply select an existing wall and at the properties browser choose edit type.
As a next step, I would suggest duplicate, in order not to overwrite the existing type. When you choose duplicate, you will be asked to name your new wall. You can address this in different ways (I might eventually cover this in posts to come) but always try to be persistent and logical in naming.
In the type properties, click on Edit structure.
Here you can see different layers which make the whole wall. I opened the former type of the wall. Here you can see the layers as I listed them above. So you are now able to change the material/thickness/order or assign a function to them.
On the picture above, you can see the new type of wall I made from the old one. This one consist of inner and outer leaf made of concrete, with 125 mm insulation filled cavity. Now just confirm with OK and you can play with your new wall.
I must admit that at the begininng of my education, I did not even know who I might actually become. I was always keen on architecture. On the other hand, I never really sketched or showed other symptoms of being an art person. I liked reading about architecture, thinking about it and I am quite perceptive about my surrounding (at least I would like to think of myself that way). And due to circumstances, I moved from Czech Republic to Denmark to study “Architectural Technology and Construction Management” at VIA University in Horsens. That means that one day I will
eventually certainly become a constructing architect. But what that means?
There is the world “architect” here, so one can think about names like Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright or Bjarke Ingels. One may dream about becoming like them. But. There is also the world “constructing”. That world feels much more practical, maybe even a bit boring, it definitely has a feeling of efficiency and productivity. So what do we get when we combine these two?
I see it the way that we get jack of all trades, a person who is kind of architect, bit of engineer, speck of a manager. Something like an army knife of construction site.
So far (In the second semester) we have dealt with (among other things) with (in no logical order):
- Starting own company
- Site conditions
- Structural stability
- Construction process
- Architecture (the one with big A)
- Fee structure
- Building regulations
And maybe few (dozen) of other things. So yeah, we were quite busy. Is it hard? Sure it is. Do I enjoy it? Absolutely!
And now I do have a small glimpse of who the constructing architect is, and I hope you do too. And eventually, if I will be persistant and do not drop this blog as I tend to, one day, we might compare what does it really take to be a constructing architect and not just play one at school.