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“The Hammers” have dropped, and we’ve received 10 nominations for this year’s Construction Computing Awards. Our company and Vectorworks Architect were nominated for three awards, while the Nomad app also received recognition. Jonathan Reeves, director of Jonathan Reeves Architects, scored three nominations for his projects and work as a Vectorworks trainer."
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SIMPLIFY YOUR PROCESS
Unlike other software, Vectorworks has the flexibility to support your entire project from beginning to end, or anywhere in the process — from conceptual design, to fully coordinated BIM models, to construction documents. It’s the versatile solution you need to pull everything together and increase your efficiency.
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Vectorworks 2019 is introducing 2D components for hybrid objects. How does this differ from the 2D objects that currently exist for hybrid objects? To begin with, in Vectorworks 2018 and previous versions, there was a 3D component for hybrid objects and a 2D top-view component for hybrid objects. Now, we’ve expanded the 2D components to include top, bottom, front, back, left, and right views. This means you’re in complete control of the detail level your symbols and plug-in objects display. Of course, that is just the beginning of this new feature. It also includes three levels of detail for each component, which allows for tight control over the appearance of hybrid objects at any scale. Watch the video below for a full breakdown and details of what’s to come.
“I’m enjoying this feature the more I use it,” said Tui Walker Kamakorewa, architectural designer at CBA Design Ltd. “For example, I was working on an apartment block that had many toilets showing up on a larger scaled drawing in sectioned view. Replacing the symbols’ 3D geometry with the 2D side component 2D objects made the update of viewports seamless.”
With this update, you’ll spend less time exporting your designs to a separate editing program.
A huge part of Vectorworks 2019 is quality, and as we searched for a way to make the user experience even better, we took a look at common usage patterns and created a feature to save users time in multiple ways. So, we’ve added the ability to easily create concept layouts with image effects. This feature allows you to a take an image or rendered viewport in your drawing and instantly apply various color- and light-balancing options. You can even create and save effects and use the eyedropper tool to place them on different images.
“You can now easily develop your own creative styles and make more compelling presentations with the new image effects features without ever leaving Vectorworks or using image editing software,” said Jonathan Reeves, director at Jonathan Reeves Architecture.
In Vectorworks 2019, you will see updated the Vectorworks Graphics Module for sheet layers.
The update makes user workflows much smoother, as it does away with the delay when zooming and panning through your design. Now, designers are free to move around and zoom in or out of their sheet layers without waiting for the drawing to reload. To see a full side-by-side comparison, check out the video below.
“With 2019, sheet layers finally get the full VGM treatment,” said Tyler E. Littman, principal designer at Sholight Entertainment Design. “Now sheets render and zoom more efficiently, making for a truly improved user experience.”
Following a successful training session on "Innovative Vectorworks BIM" at the Balimore Vectorworks Design Summit last year, I am proud to have been invited back again to Arizona in November to present not one but two 2 hr sessions. I will be presenting this year on "Collaborative Vectorworks BIM" and also "Using Smart Parametric Objects in BIM". Please let me know if I can help you or your practice dramatically improve your workflow, creativity and productivity with vectorworks?
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In the UK, designing a Paragraph 55 project can be difficult, but getting permission to produce it is next to impossible. Recently, award-winning architectural practice (and Vectorworks user) Squirrel Design made the impossible possible with not one, but two Para 55 projects: The Nimbus in Cornwall, England and Hux Shard in Devon, England. These projects have set this father-and-son firm apart from the rest.
About the Firm
Michael O’Connor, his son, Alex O’Connor, and Darrell Willcocks form the core of this successful firm. The Squirrel Design team has been based in Dartmoor National Park for the last 30 years and focuses on contemporary design of large, residential projects in prestigious locations. The firm’s location has given the team a wealth of additional skills, knowledge, and experience working with Listed Buildings, Ancient National Monuments, and conservation work.
The Squirrel Design team has always pushed architectural boundaries with creativity, ensuring each design is better than the last. With the help of Vectorworks software and trainer Jonathan Reeves of JR Architecture Ltd, they continue to find success. We recently spoke with Michael O’Connor about his experiences.
Reeves has served as a helpful resource for Squirrel Design. “The great thing about Jonathan is that he understands what we are doing, why we are doing it, and how we are using the software for our architectural processes,” said O’Connor.
“It is comforting to know that Jonathan is just a phone call away if we need him,” he added, describing the invaluable assistance Jonathan provides.
O’Connor has used Vectorworks since its first incarnation the 1980s and said the program’s compatibility with Mac computers and its ability to create detailed, 3D images was exactly what the firm needed. When he realized how much quicker, easier, and more accurate the Vectorworks drawings were compared to hand sketches, he was sold. “I couldn’t wait to get started,” he said.
He originally looked at other programs, such as AutoCAD and ARCHICAD, but decided Vectorworks better suited the firm’s needs. “At that time, AutoCAD was really clunky and better suited for engineering or manufacturing purposes,” he explained.
Today, the design team often sketches out ideas and quickly moves into 3D modeling in the software. “We get the shape and form of the building in Vectorworks and it starts coming together,” said O’Connor. The team then adds details in Vectorworks. “In this early stage, we use the sketch rendering mode in the program for the first round of presentation, so it still looks like it’s in a concept stage, and we use that to talk to clients and planners,” he adds. But the team greatly benefits from working in 3D, as all the modeling information is available in the design from the beginning.
About the Para 55 Projects
Paragraph 55 refers to a set of requirements within the UK’s National Planning Policy Framework that allows for building a home in the countryside if the design is “of exceptional quality or innovative nature.”
Squirrel Design’s two approved Para 55 projects, the Hux Shard and the Nimbus, are both extremely complex designs, and the firm needed a presentation tool that was robust enough to accurately and impressively share them. Vectorworks played an important role in the high level of presentation to obtain approval for such projects.
“The presentation was key to getting the concepts out of our heads and in front of the planners, designers, public, and Design Review Panel,” said O’Connor. “For this, Vectorworks was particularly useful, especially with its advanced 3D visualization features.”
Another benefit of using Vectorworks on the Hux Shard project was the ability to use one 3D model for elevations, layouts, and communication with the engineers, landscape architect, and interior designer.
He explained that obtaining permissions for a Para 55 house is like the Holy Grail of architectural achievement, which is why being granted two in succession is such a huge win for Squirrel Design. “It truly puts you into the premier architectural league,” he said.
Completing a Para 55 project comes with a number of tests, one of which requires the design to “reflect the highest standards of architecture.”
“To get a building off the ground, we are not going to take any shortcuts,” said Michael. “We will see it all the way through.” This mindset proved instrumental when their projects were deemed both architecturally outstanding andinnovative, with a focus on sustainability. Rather than sucking energy from the country and negatively impacting wildlife habitats, these buildings will improve the biodiversity around them and actually produce more energy than it consumes.
O’Connor describes the Hux Shard as “a sculpture in the countryside. When you’re approaching it, you don’t even realize that it’s a house.” It is important for architects to be able to share where their Para 55 design concept inspiration came from. “The Hux Shard structure was influenced by the tors (rocky outcrops) in our Dartmoor base, while the Nimbus concept was inspired by the mining history in Cornwall, which is why it will mostly be made from corrugated iron and natural stone,” explained O’Connor.
The firm is also building a legacy of design in the next generation of architects. The firm provides work experience to students from Atrium Studio School in Devon, which focuses on the built environment, and the Para 55 projects become part of the educational process.
Congrats to Squirrel Design on this impressive achievement. We look forward to seeing what comes next for this inventive firm.
To learn more about Squirrel Design and its Paragraph 55 projects, visit the firm's website.
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