Points to Ponder - Module 6

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Eric Yamzon
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Module 6 - Points to Ponder

Please share your comments on 2 of the following Points to Ponder questions. (Choose 2 of the questions below.)

What are the principal advantages of creating a conceptual design model using masses before diving into the detailed design and building element modeling?

Should all buildings be modeled first using conceptual masses?

Whether or not someone would use conceptual models depends on many factors. If one is designing a building that's simple architecturally, conceptual masses aren't needed. Small houses with flat, straight walls and no architectural intricacies won't need conceptual masses. Modeling using conceptual masses is recommended for large, complex buildings where architecture and design detail is important. Conceptual masses is where ideas for complex curvature and intriguing building shapes come to life.

Can you think of any examples of a real building around the world that most likely was created by exploring the form using conceptual mass models?

Please post and share images of these examples to this Notion page.


The central hotel tower, the Makkah Clock Royal Tower, has the world's largest clocktower face and is the third-tallest building and fifth-tallest freestanding structure in the world. The clock tower contains the Clock Tower Museum that occupies the top four floors of the tower.

How would you abstract the essential form of these famous buildings using conceptual mass elements that you can create in Revit?

  1. One World Trade Center: https://www.archdaily.com/795277/one-world-trade-center-som
  2. CMG Headquarters: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CMG_Headquarters#/media/File:China_Central_Television_Headquarters_2.jpg
  3. Twisting torso: https://www.archdaily.com/771471/santiago-calatravas-turning-torso-wins-ctbuhs-10-year-award
  4. Apple campus: https://www.archdaily.com/804970/apple-campus-2-held-to-fantastical-standard-of-detail-new-report-reveals
  5. Salesforce tower: https://www.archdaily.com/889519/salesforce-tower-pelli-clarke-pelli-architects