ARCHICAD and Artlantis for small firms
Central Innovation • 11 March 2015
ARCHICAD and Artlantis give small firms a significantly larger footprint.
Project name: Gallello Residence
Location: California, USA
Modern House Architects
Size: 4,295 ft2 / 400 m2
Designed using ARCHICAD and Artlantis
We recently caught up with Curt Cline of Modern House Architects in Burlingame, California. An award-winning architect, Curt draws inspiration from Mid-Century or Classic Modern architecture, blurring the boundaries between the natural world outside and the created world inside. He masterfully brings these early “green” sensibilities into the 21st century, incorporating the latest ecofriendly building solutions.
“We were fortunate to have a great client with the patience necessary to get the home that was finally constructed. Thanks to the client’s efforts, along with my office, we were able to design and build a house that has removed some of the local planning prejudice around modernist homes.”Curt Cline, Modern House Architects
Once the planning impediments were negotiated, the firm focused on the openness this home required to capitalize on its easterly views; this meant finding the right structural engineer to allow for the glass walls designed for the home. As luck would have it, there were new structural products coming to market that the architects were fortunate to have access to, eliminating the need for oversized frames.
“As with most good residential commissions in our office, projects as successful as this one only come to pass when we are commissioned by great clients such as the Gallello’s,”Curt Cline, Modern House Architects
As long-time users of ARCHICAD and Artlantis, this house, too, was designed using both applications. According to Curt, the most important feature in ARCHICAD is “that it is the best program for those architects like us, who are not technophiles and want to concentrate on design instead of the software interface.” The small team of three at Modern House Architects must be proficient in a variety of areas necessary to win, design, and see to completion their commissioned buildings. ARCHICAD allows the team to model many schematic ideas quickly, and generate the associated planning documents required for project submittals nearly simultaneously. “We highly recommend modeling to completeness and maintaining a live model through the entirety of your project, which will save you a lot of time in the drawing process,” Curt stressed.
“It is the best program for those architects like us, who are not technophiles and want to concentrate on design instead of the software interface.”Curt Cline, architect
Curt is convinced that using both ARCHICAD and Artlantis together make small firms like his appear to have a much larger footprint. They can move their project through as quickly as offices twice as big, and provide their clients with the highest quality drawings and renderings in a fraction of the time. Working with ARCHICAD in conjunction with Artlantis also allows Curt to continue refining a design without disrupting the flow of ideas or interrupting the evolution of a project.
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