Journey of an Architect is a blog started by Tim Ung to document his journey to design 30 projects by the age of 30 (May 2020). His posts focus on his design process, thoughts, struggles, and successes throughout his journey.

Finalizing the Residential Timber Skyscraper Interior Design

Finalizing the Residential Timber Skyscraper Interior Design

This week, I’ve been continuing to design the interior of the residential timber skyscraper and I focused on the upper floors. These floors will contain two luxury residential units with three bedrooms, a large kitchen with an island capable of seating six people, an official dining room, and several gathering spaces throughout. Here’s a short update on the residential timber skyscraper project.

Making the Revit model more efficient

In last week’s post, you could see that I modeled all of the vertical wood slats for the rain screen system of the exterior façade. By modeling the wood slats, the model slowed down and it was difficult to continue designing the remainder of the building. Due to the repeated exterior design of the wood slat system, I decided to delete the rain screen from all of the floors except the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd floor. Once the upper floors’ designs are complete, I’ll duplicate the rain screen from the lower floors throughout the building.

As a side note, when I bring a project into any 3D modeling software like Revit, I always minimize the amount of objects, surfaces, and miscellaneous components that I place in the model. This ensures that the model will run smoothly while I design complex spaces and components. Once the form and layouts are complete in a typical unit or floor plan, I add furniture to only the floors that will be shown. All other typical floors are left as core and shell with interior partitions.

Developing the 3 bedroom unit design

Last week, I focused on designing the large 1 bedroom units throughout the building. To continue designing the upper floors, I duplicated the typical floor plans of the 1 bedroom units and shifted interior partitions and furniture. I added two additional bedrooms on the opposite side of the floor plan from the master suite. I also added another bathroom where the two bedrooms would be located.

With so much more space, it made sense to enlarge the kitchen for cooking and entertainment purposes. Each of these three bedroom units have three balconies where two are located in gathering spaces and one is located at the master suite.

Next Steps

Although I’ll be taking a week off from designing the residential timber skyscraper project, my next steps are to select a site in a highly population urban city, develop the ground floor design based on the location of the building, setup materials, place camera views, and get ready to render the project! My goal is to complete this project before the New Year, so I’ll hopefully be done before Christmas week. Stay tuned for more.

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Design Development of Residential Timber Skyscraper

Design Development of Residential Timber Skyscraper