Hudson Yards

Last month, Val Tzvetkov attended a presentation by KPF on projects using scripting and Revit. To design Hudson Yards, KPF used multiple platforms and scripts to archive desired result:

  • The initial massings are modeled in 3D, using Rhino.
  • Using Grasshopper scripting, the native Rhino geometry is reprogrammed to become Revit geometry. Unlike a standard import, this process produces a clean, efficient model. Since it proved to be successful, KPF created a custom toolbar to accomplish this with a single mouse click.
  • From there, KPF subdivided, analyzed, and reshaped the façade panels according to manufacturing constraints. They used a similar process to design shading devices, leveraging site data and product options.

The result is a dramatically angled skyscraper which could be the city’s second-tallest. 

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