Design Optimization of Complex Roofs
BDP was retained in a $2 million project for IKEA retail centers in China. The
initial goal was to define the design process leading to an optimized solution
for roof design. An environmentally friendly approach and careful utilization of
resources has led to higher demands on the efficiency of architectural design
and the need for interdisciplinary design teams working closely together.
Each of four roof projects had a unique geometry even though BDP reused
design strategies, scripts, procedures, 3D details, and paneling strategies.
Using GenerativeComponents with links to S TAAD.Pro minimized the use of
steel, simplified paneling, optimized daylight, and minimized solar gain. This
approach resulted in design and documentation time savings of 20 percent.
Morphosis Architects, Inc.
41 Cooper Square
New York City, New York, United States
41 Cooper Square is a stacked vertical piazza organized around a central
atrium to encourage social exchange at the 150-year-old architecture, art, and
engineering learning institution in New York City. Through highly coordinated
scheduling and effective teamwork among the owners, owner representative,
architect, and construction trades, the team successfully overcame a range of
unique challenges during design and construction. Capital cost was $150 million.
Morphosis Architects deployed MicroStation, GenerativeComponents, Bentley
Architecture, and Bentley Structural to create a virtual massing model to
simultaneously and seamlessly study the building along multiple lines of
analysis. Shifting from low to high levels of detail allowed a geographically
distributed design team to successfully build and coordinate with the many
construction trades, resulting in this exceptional LEED-certified academic