Bim for visuaLiZation and simuLation
This category applies to creative and effective uses of information-based
approaches in the simulation and visualization processes. Visualizations and
simulations may be in terms of aesthetic, performance, or analytical nature.
Vrnata House dvorak architekti s.r.o. WINNER
The Vrnata house in Prague, a simple single-story
structure with walls of brick and a steel-based roof
structure, is located on the outskirts of the city near a
small lake. The design challenge was to accommodate a large footprint on a modest site without
creating a visually “big” house and to blend the
house into its surroundings while maintaining its open
and liberating feel. In addition, Dvorak architekti
needed to communicate a rather challenging and
exacting design to the client, who then needed to
communicate it to the construction workers. The 3D
model helped Dvorak architekti quickly generate
requested views and fax them to the site to answer
construction workers’ questions.
The roof of the house cantilevers significantly,
creating different verandas and outdoor spaces
between the house and the open garden. This
concept is enhanced by keeping the roof strictly
rectangular in plan while the house plan is irregular,
although within a rectangular grid. Sandwiched
between the roof and the ground are a somewhat
closed northern elevation, two small side elevations,
and a grand, open southern elevation.
The interior is split into public and private sections.
In the western half is a combined living, eating,
and kitchen area. The eastern half holds four
bedrooms and all sanitary and auxiliary rooms.
This separation is also indicated on the southern
elevation, where the public western part is open
(fully glazed), but the private eastern part is
partially closed, with window shutters so it can
be completely closed.
Dvorak architekti used MicroStation to facilitate
a 3D model-centered design approach that
provided effortless incorporation of input into the
design. This also resulted in coordination and
integration of all design disciplines and a complete
understanding of the building and its components.
MicroStation also provided visually easier-to-understand drawings and renderings, which led
to more efficient production.