Ground floor doors:

New doors

Insert a new door

  1. Run the _vaDoor command   or click on the door icon in the Object toolbar. The door insert dialog box will appear with the list of existing door styles.
  2. Select the Door style you wish to insert and the basic insert options:
    • Insertion point
    • Door alignment
    • Vertical alignment
    • Elevation
    • Plan and model aperture (%)
    • Profile dimensions. Select “Other” to use a different size than the one by default.

(TIP: Use the Rule icon , inside the Width dimension field to assign an approximate Width value to the door according to the Ground floor bitmap.

  1. Insert the door in the model:
    1. Specify the insertion point.
    2. Specify the door opening side by left-clicking on the desired side of the wall.

Change the door parameters

The parameters of the Door object can be edited in two different ways:

  1.  VisualARQ Properties in the Rhino Properties dialog box.
  2.  VisualARQ Object Properties dialog box.

Copy doors:
You can copy doors from one wall to another with the _Copy command . The door will recognize where the closest wall is and it will be placed according to the wall base line alignment.

Door control points
You can change the door opening side and position using its control points (select the door and run the _PointsOn command ).

Insert the rest of the doors.
Repeat the previous steps to insert the other doors of the ground floor.


Main entrance door

  1. Adapt the walls of the main entrance in order to have 1 single wall where you will insert the main door. Delete, move, and edit the walls control points to get the desired result.
  2. Insert a “Hinged Double” door style  in the wall. Take the “Center” option as the insertion point. Door dimensions are 2.90 x 2.10m
  3. Create the main door wall glass frames: Use the Rhino tools. First create the glass wall frames using the 2D tools:
    1. Switch the Beam layer on to visualize the beam placed in the middle of the entrance.
    2. Work in the Front viewport. For an easier workflow isolate the involved objects with the _Invert selection + _hide command .
    3. Run the _Polyline  and _Rectangle  commands to draw the frames in 2D.
    4. Use the curve control points  (_PointsOn ) and the _Move , _Copy  and _Offset  commands to create the rest of the curves and adjust them to the right position.
    5. Run the _Join command  to join and close all open curves.

(TIP: Make sure the “Project” osnap is on. This will help you create planar curves)

  1. _Extrude   the rectangles and closed curves created in the Perspective viewport. In order to have a solid extrusion the curves must be closed curves.
  2. _Delete the original curves and _Move  the resulting polysurfaces near to the glass wall aligned with the entrance door frame.

Curved glass wall on the ground floor

1. Prepare the base curves: Hide the 2 curved walls and make the 2 curves on each side of the main entrance as long as the glass wall curves.

  1. Use the control points  of these curves to adjust their position.
  2. Run the _Split  command to break the curves at a specific point.

2. Create 1 vertical frame

  1. Insert a polysurface with the _Box command  at the edge of the left curve  which will be used as a glass wall vertical frame: take the dimensions of 0.03 x 0.05 m and the same height as the wall close to it.
  2. _Move  the box to the right position. _Rotate  it if needed.

3. Crate all vertical frames along the glass wall: Make copies of the box along the curve with the Array along curve command. (_ArrayCrv  )

  1. Select the object to array (the box).
  2. Select the path (the curve).
  3. A dialog will be displayed asking for the array along curve options: Set the Orientation to “Freeform” and the Number of items = 50 (or just set the distance between frames to 0.20 m, for instance.)
  4. Repeat the same steps to create the vertical frames of the right glass wall.
    1. _Copy  one frame to the right corner of the curve.
    2. _Rotate  it in 2D to orient it along the curve.
    3. Run the _ArrayCrv   command to make copies of it along the curve.

4. Horizontal frames:

  1. Create a closed curve with the horizontal frame contour. Repeat the steps for the walls of each side.
    1. Make an offset  of the existing curve of 0.05m and create two segments to close the curve.
    2. Select the 4 curves and run the _Join  command.
    3. _Extrude  the closed curve 0.1m up.
    4. _Move  the curve 1 meter up and _Extrude   it again 0.05 m.
      1. _Copy   the extrusion until it is aligned with the top surface of the wall (work in the Front viewport and make sure the “Project” osnap is on).

5. Door in the glass wall

  1. Insert a door  in the left glass wall. Use the Rule icon  to control the width dimension.
  2. Create a new door style: You can create a specific door style for this door.
    1. Open the door styles dialog: _vaDoorStyles
    2. Duplicate the “Hinged simple” door style. Since the new door style is very similar to the “Hinged simple” you can duplicate it to create the new door style.
    3. Rename the door style.
    4. Change the frame component dimensions: Expand the new door style to display its components. Select the Frame component and from the Geometry tab change its width value from 0.05 to 0.03 m.
    5. _Trim  the frames in front of the opening.
      1. Isolate  the frames involved and the door.
      2. Create auxiliary curves  in the Front viewport to trim the polysurfaces with them.
      3. Use the _Trim  command to remove the parts of the frame in front of the door.
      4. _Delete the auxiliary curves

(TIP: When creating the auxiliary curves press the Tab key to constrain the direction of the curve after detecting any desired osnap point.)

  1. Change the Door Properties: Select the door and in the VisualARQ Properties in the Rhino Properties dialog box  change the door style to the new one. Set the “Model aperture” to 0% in order to view the door closed in the Perspective viewport.
  2. Put the frames on the windows layer. Select the frames, right-click on the windows layer name, and select the “Change the object layer” option.

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