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.