Smart Enclosure Development

Flexible enclosures that meet your design needs.

VA+ is able to capture your enclosure design in native Revit geometry. We have experience with many sources from Rhino, AutoCAD, PDFs and even sketches. We have successfully modeled many complex enclosures using a variety of workflows that include using masses, custom panels, and adaptive components. We strive to accurately model your intent while providing an approach that maximizes flexibility to keep up with the evolution of your designs.

VA+ Smart Enclosure Development - SOM Zhong Hong
Flexible Enclosure Modeling (READ MORE)

Building enclosures often change rapidly throughout the design process; it is critical for designers to have an enclosure model which can accurately represent the current enclosure development, but also be quick enough to model and update as the design progresses. VA+ has many workflows and strategies for enclosures that allow us to make rapid modifications to facilitate this need. This allows our clients to FOCUS ON DESIGN while we manage technical production.


Adaptive Panels (READ MORE)

For panels with exceptionally complex geometry, or panels with curved geometry we have utilized an adaptive component modeling approach. This allows us great modeling flexibility, and the ability to define specific constraints based on the design intent. Adaptive panels are extremely flexible and can conform to irregular shapes and non-planar surfaces.

Panel Counts and Scheduling (READ MORE)

Custom panel families are designed to drive panel counts and panel schedules. VA+ has experience in many projects with scheduling complex enclosures and panel systems.


Building Information Modeling (BIM)

Smart Enclosure Development – Huafa Enclosure

VA+ was brought onto this project in the DD phase; with the enclosure having been designed and developed in alternate software. Our role was to model the enclosure in Revit, based on the previously modeled enclosure.

VA+ Huafa - Rendering by SOM
Massing (READ MORE)

First, we analyzed the overall building geometry, identifying different geometric zones, and where different wall types were located on the exterior. Understanding the buildings underlying geometry, we were able to develop a mass which could control the location of the enclosure walls and adjust as the building geometry changed slightly.


Panel Development (READ MORE)

Panel families have been developed to contain all geometry from a portion of the enclosure grid including mullions, glazing, and any solid panels or other geometry. We utilize a system of nested families to help coordinate shared elements, so that parameters can be used in the enclosure model to control aspects of the entire enclosure without adjusting every panel type manually.