There are a number of instances where a tool or object in ARCHICAD can be used for other purposes than its name suggests. For example the slab tool can be used to represent any horizontal element like floating shelfs, countertops, flooring etc.
Lets look at repurposing the Wall Niche Rectangular # object. It is placed using the Window Tool (# denotes available in previous versions of ARCHICAD, not just 22).
To represent Control or Expansion joints in masonry wall construction.
Some “fun” parameter facts:
Depth ≥ 1mm.
Width ≥ 1mm
Height ≥ 1mm
Changing its surface to a different material.
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