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3D Modeling with Rhino – Villa Savoye


Hey guys, here a quick update. We’re working hard on our Rhino modeling course of the famous villa Savoye from Le Corbusier, a cornerstone project in the modern architecture movement. This course will follow nicely from the Rhino 101 – fundamentals in 3d modeling course, so if you haven’t had the chance of seeing that one, be sure to check it out.

We’ll start by walking you through the process of setting up your project. Most of the time you will start with some CAD drawings of the context or something similar but we’re going to start with some floor plans and section images I found on the web (source). The reason for this is that starting with pre-drawn CAD files felt a little like cheating. We want to walk you through the process of starting from ‘scratch’ to create a schematic design that can be used for visualizations, sections and floor plans, space explorations or extracting technical information.

We’ll start by importing our images, orienting them to their correct places and scaling them to size. We’ll also set up our layers to be organized when we start modeling. When we’ve done that we’ll continue by drawing our 2D line work. We’re going to use our 2D line work to quickly and accurately model our 3D walls, columns doors and so forth.
Importing our images
Setting up our 2D line work
Modeling our 3D building

When we’ve modeled our 3D main elements. We’ll dive a little into detailing our building. We’ll model the doors, windows, ramps, railings and stairs. We’ll also show you how to import some 3D objects to dress up our scene like people, cars and chairs. We’ll model our building until a schematic design level, as this is usually the point until Rhino is used. After that point when more detail needs to be added to the model, one usually switches to a BIM software.


Finally we’ll show you some tricks that you can use for post production purposes. Like how you can use this model to make some high quality diagrams, renders, sections and 3D floor plans. Also we’ll show you how to extract 2D CAD drawings from the 3D model, like a 2D section at any spot of the building by using a clipping plane.

After this course you will know how to model projects with simple geometry and have a better understanding of how to efficiently organize your work. You’ll also know some cool tricks that will help you to make some nice visualizations like high quality diagrams or cool 3D sections.

Having the ability to visualize and represent your ideas in a tangible way, will give you the opportunity of actively participate in the design decision making of a project. You will not only know how to quickly visualize and test your ideas for aesthetic and functional qualities, but also know how to extract technical information from them for further analysis and exploration.

This course will ultimately help your ideas to get built!


  • ImpliedVol

    Looking forward to this course. How is ‘starting from scratch’ nimporting images of the plans to trace over? Would love a course where you reallyn start from scratch and develop the cad line work directly in Rhino. nBut still plan on taking this course. Is this course using Rhino without any plugins or will plugins be used and explained?

  • http://thinkparametric.com Rodrigo Medina Garcu00eda

    In this case as we are working on an exisiting project we are using the plans only as a refrence, however the complete 2d line work will be fully explained, For this course we are not using any plugins just standard Rhino Commands.

  • Hassan

    But I found the course already finished !!… or I’m mistaken !!nHow can I get into this !!..nthanks in advance…

  • Arie Willem de Jongh

    Hi! Great to hear you’re looking forward watching this course! We’re actually doing what you’re describing, developing the CAD work directly in Rhino. The images just serve as a rough ‘reference’. But we’re using the CAD lines we draw from scratch as our base to start modeling the 3D geometry. nThis course does not use any additional plugins, it’s pure Rhino 5.nCheers!

  • Arie Willem de Jongh

    Hi Hassan, on http://www.thinkparametric.com? We have a button with this upcoming course, but it is still in development. It will be available next week. Thanks!