Category Archives: ArchiCAD Tools

How to: Butt Jointed Glass Windows in ArchiCAD

I recently received an e-mail requesting help to make a corner window with butt jointed glass. This has been possible since ArchiCAD 14 but apparently not all users are aware of this.

Go to the Corner-Window tool and open up the “Corner-Window Settings” dialogue. Select “Ribbon Window 16” from the Special Windows 16 Folder. Then from the “Special Windows Settings” tab enable the tick for “Custom Corner Right”, and in the drop down change the option to “Glass”. Then set all the other parameters for the size, frame, materials, sill etc… Click “OK” to close the window.

Now click on the wall close to the corner (but not on the corner), this will generate the corner window to both adjoining walls.

As seen in the 3D Window.

Another example is the requirement for a curved wall with segmented butt jointed glass window.

Please note: one needs to establish the angle between the walls.

Insert this into both “Custom Corner Left” & “Custom Corner Right”.

As seen in the 3D Window

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Modular Joinery Object on BIMcomponents.com

Modular Joinery Object (MJO) for ArchiCAD 16, is now available to all users on Software Subscription Agreement (SSA). To download it launch ArchiCAD 16, open up the “Door/ Window Default Settings”, and search for ‘modular’ with the option “On BIM Components Portal” or “Both” selected. Then select the Modular Door/ Window object and click on the button “Download and Embed” at the bottom. Please note: You need to do this in both “Window Default Settings” and “Door Default Settings”.

Thanks to our partners at GRAPHISOFT UK, who commissioned Ralph Wessel of Encina Ltd. to create a window/door/panel/storefront/curtain wall GDL object, called Modular Joinery, for kindly making it available for Southern Africa users on SSA contract. Special thanks go to Simon Gilbert from GRAPHISOFT UK, who assisted me with this process, and of course Levente Filetóth and his team at GRAPHISOFT HQ.

MJO allows for amazing complexity and unifies both window and door options into one Object. MJO for ArchiCAD 16 also includes an update. This update has now been extended to incorporate typical uPVC and timber profiles along with improved representations enabling the objects to be used in conjunction with the default library of doors and windows in ArchiCAD. Download the “Modular Joinery update.pdf” for more details.

Modular Joinery update

Download the “Modular Joinery Manual. pdf” for help with using MJO.

Modular Joinery Manual

For a “quick guide” to using MJO please refer to the following two images:

Wall intersection issue/ control of – creative use of the Polygonal Wall

Sometimes when dealing with certain configuration of wall intersections, a problem can occur with the correct display of “tricky” intersections. In this example 4 walls joining create an intersection with an overlap. Changing the reference line of the walls by inverting them can sometimes help. But one can waste time trying out different permutations and in this instance I want control over the ‘sharp’ corners. A much overlooked, simpler option is to make use of the polygonal wall.

For more information and instructions on the use of the polygonal wall visit my page ArchiCAD Help and use the context-sensitive Help system by searching for “polygonal wall”.

In this example I selected the polygonal wall and started tracing the outline of the intersection. Please note: that this method allowed me to control the construction of the sharp corners that would have been difficult to plaster.

Once completed I then trimmed back the other walls using the split command. To do this select the wall and then Command/ Ctrl click the edge to split, then delete the ‘fragment’ wall.

I was then left with a clean wall intersection that I had complete control over.