ArchiCAD Open BIM Case Studies/Sample Projects

ArchiCAD Open BIM Case Studies/Sample Projects

On the Water, Nikken Sekkei, Photo: Harunori Noda [Gankosha]On the Water | Nikken Sekkei | Photo: Harunori Noda [Gankosha]

BIM in Japan - Nikken Sekkei

April 7, 2017

With over 2,500 employees and projects in 40 countries, Nikken Sekkei is among the largest and most successful architectural design firms in the world. We recently sat down with Tomohiko Yamanashi, Executive Officer and Deputy Head of the Architectural Design Department, to discuss two of the firm's recent, major projects, as well as the evolution of BIM.








Casa Magayon, SARCO Architects Costa Rica, Photo: Andrés García LachnerCasa Magayon | Design: Roderick Anderson, SARCO Architects Costa Rica | Photo: Andrés García Lachner

A Complete BIM Residential Project

Jan 30, 2017

SARCO Architects Costa Rica has employed a solid BIM solution for their residential projects from the initial design to construction. Their award-winning Casa Magayon project was designed in 3D using ARCHICAD from start to finish – the entire 2D documentation process was generated from the “live” ARCHICAD model, with absolutely no content drawn in 2D. "It would be impossible to tackle complex projects without a comprehensive tool like ARCHICAD," says Roderick Anderson, CEO & Design Director, SARCO Architects Costa Rica.








Render of the ARCHICAD model | © ArchiRADARRender of the ARCHICAD model | © Michele Calvano and Mario Sacco, ArchiRADAR

Designing Reality

Jan 11, 2017

This case study presents an architectural design workflow to create responsive and optimized shading panels on a free-form high-rise project. This project was created by Michele Calvano and Mario Sacco at ArchiRADAR and won first prize in the Algorithmic Design Meets BIM design competition sponsored by GRAPHISOFT.


























Render of a building block | © Team 345Render of a building block | © Team 345 - Toan Xuan Pham,Thinh Huang, Nguyễn Duy and Nguyễn Duy Cường

Nurturing Talent in Vietnam

Oct 11, 2016

The Ho Chi Minh City University of Architecture in Vietnam hosted the final round of the ARCHICAD BIM competition on June 24, 2016. The winner was Team “345”. The competition was established in 2014, and is organized by GRAPHISOFT Japan and Ho Chin Minh City University. It is sponsored by Kajima Corporation, Okinawa Digital Vision, YKK AP FACADE, and several other firms. This year, close to 300 students participated; the task was to design buildings in the densely populated area of a city. Read on to see the submitted materials of 
the top 3 teams…

An Education Project
























































Villa Patio, Bandung, Java, Indonesia, enzyme apdVilla Patio, Bandung, Java, Indonesia, © enzyme apd

From concept to BIM | Villa Patio

enzyme apd, Hong Kong

Aug 1, 2016

Located in Hong Kong, the architects at Enzyme used ARCHICAD to design a unique residence in Java, Indonesia starting with the concept phase. According to the architects, using a design process that involves BIM achieves the best result with a better use of time and resources in a much more accurate way.

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Len Lye Centre, New Zealand, Patterson Associates ArchitectsLen Lye Centre, New Zealand, Patterson Associates Architects

Photo ©Patrick Reynolds

A journey through light

Patterson Associates Architects, New Zealand

July 21, 2016

ARCHICAD 20’s shimmering signature building, the Len Lye Centre, is New Zealand’s only single artist museum. Its design is deeply influenced by the life, ideas, writings and work of the famous New Zealand Kinetic Artist, Len Lye (1901–1980).
By using state-of-the-art BIM tools, Patterson Associates have created a concept design that has resulted in a breathtaking, inspiring building, reaching far beyond the borders of New Zealand.  Read more…











Visualisation of the model in the HBIM ProjectJulian Enrique Nieto, Juan José Moyano, Fernando Rico and Daniel Antón

ARCHICAD and the Pavilion of 
Charles V

Julian Enrique Nieto, Juan José Moyano, Fernando Rico and Daniel Antón

June 6, 2016

The Pavilion of Charles V, a Renaissance building located in Seville, Spain, was selected for a study focused on managing information models in the field of architectural and cultural heritage interventions. This work constitutes a project of intervention based on Heritage or Historic Building Information Modelling, called the 'HBIM Project.' The outcome of this research demonstrated that BIM — in this case ARCHICAD — has the tools necessary to model complex geometries that are typical of architectural heritage. Learn how ARCHICAD was instrumental in mapping this historic building in preparation for future restoration work.
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ARCHICAD model of Het Schiparchivolt architecten bv, Netherlands

Historic Dutch building gets a new lease on life with ARCHICAD

archivolt architecten bv, Netherlands

June 6, 2016

The social housing complex ‘Het Schip’ (the ship) was designed by Dutch architect Michel de Klerk in 1917, constructed in 1918, and delivered in 1919. Michel de Klerk is considered one of the main architects who influenced the Amsterdam school style of architecture, with ‘Het Schip’ being a prime example of this style. Learn how archivolt architecten renovated a nearly 100-year old residential building using ARCHICAD, giving new life to this iconic structure in downtown Amsterdam.
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Fukushima Catering Center designed with ARCHICAD

Fukushima Catering Center designed with ARCHICAD

TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company),
Maeda Corporation of Japan

February 3, 2016

After the tragic accident of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster caused by the earthquake in March 2011, TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company) focused their efforts on the reconstruction of Fukushima. The project is estimated to last for 30 to 40 years. In order to ensure the safety of this long-term project, the improvement of the working environment for the workers is important.

One of the first projects was to create a catering center to be able to provide warm meals for the workers. Learn how the Maeda Corporation of Japan overcame a series of challenges to be able to design and build this important building using ARCHICAD and BIM.





















Yamaga Elementary School

Coelacanth K&H Architects, Japan

January 26, 2016

In 2014, the JIA Japan architectural award went to Yamaga City Yamaga Elementary school designed by Coelacanth K&H. Even for the architectural firm, which has received many prestigious awards and is a leading figure of the atelier architectural firms of Japan, this particular project was difficult and challenging. The supporting tools behind the creative work of the firm members, Kazumi Kudo and Hiroshi Horiba, the main architects, and other staff were ARCHICAD and BIMx. We interviewed the architects, Kudo and Horiba, about this project.
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Traditional Wooden Constructions of Europe


November 2, 2015

Funded by the European Commission, this Leonardo Learning Partnership project set out to develop a novel educational and technical solution for vocational education and training in the realm of Traditional Timber Building. The project was initiated and coordinated by EK Association (Budapest, Hungary) and brought together a broad partnership comprised of construction trade representatives, architectural practices, timber processing companies, vocational schools offering carpentry and architectural training and not-for-profit organizations active in the field of preservation of historic monuments and traditional crafts.
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UNHCR Syrian Shelters

Making Room for People

querkraft architekten

November 2, 2015

Learn how one of Austria's leading architectural firms used ARCHICAD to design and deliver two very different, yet equally-challenging projects. The Liaunig Museum in Southern Austria is known not only for its fantastic art collection, but also for the fact that 90% of the structure is located underground. On the opposite end of the building spectrum, querkraft's Citygate Tower in Northern Vienna soars 100 meters into the sky and is known for its playful facade and 'vertical Main Street' concept. 

Coste ArchitecturesCoste Architectures | Saint-Nazaire Aquatic Center

Coste Architectures

Winning competitions with OPEN BIM

October 15, 2015

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together” is an African proverb that Emmanuel Coste likes to cite to describe his collaborative and proactive approach to architecture and project management. The architectural firm directed by Emmanuel Coste became the standard-bearer for the design of complex projects, brought to life by innovative technologies; a reference for high environmental quality that unites a broad multidisciplinary team. 

case study > NOEM© Meritxell Arjalaguer

Green building with BIM

ARCHICAD helps achieve the accuracy needed to build sustainable modular homes


May 15, 2015

See how ARCHICAD helps achieve the accuracy needed to build sustainable modular homes in this case study about the Ecohouse 3.0. Designed by Barcelona-based NOEM, the Eco-house 3.0 is a bio-climatic and technological house, built in record time using a 100% digital process. It features a modern and cozy design with advanced technology that allows full automation from a smartphone and achieves maximum energy efficiency.

case study > MBMO Architects© Brett Boardman

Collaboration is Key for the Future of Architecture

Sydney Adventist Hospital (San), Wahroonga

MBMO Architects

May 5, 2015

This case study offers an interesting look at how MBMO Architects of Sydney, Australia, used ARCHICAD to design the recent $200 million redevelopment of the Sydney Adventist Hospital (San), Sydney’s largest and oldest private hospital. MBMO designed and delivered The San Master Plan and Stage 1 Redevelopment, which involved 7 projects including the LW Clark 13-storey clinical tower that accommodated 12 new operating theatres, 4 radiology bunkers, a large medical imaging department and 180 beds for the maternity, women’s and children’s wards.

case study > KOZ architectesKOZ architectes - Tête en l’Air

KOZ architectes and ARCHICAD

Winner of ArchDaily Building of the year 2014

KOZ architectes

May 4th, 2015

Christophe Ouhayoun and Nicolas Ziesel founded Koz Architects in 1999 with the goal of developing expressive and cheerful architecture, founded on discussion, experimentation and “creative democracy,” open to any situation that drives social and environmental innovations ever further. In this case study you'll learn about the project that convinced them to move from 2D to 3D and why they've never looked back ever since.

case study > Technology Museum, Poland EC-1 Science and Technology Museum in Poland

Preserving the past with modern technology

Science and Technology Museum in Poland

Mirosław Wiśniewski Urban Planning and Architecture Ltd.

February 23, 2015

The New Center of 1929 in Lodz, Poland is a renovated former heat and power station complex in Lodz. The building now serves as a regional center of culture and arts. This area of former factories will become a crucial part of the “New Lodz City Center.” The use of ARCHICAD software to build a 3D model of both the exteriors and interiors of the buildings greatly facilitated the creation of the design for the competition. This project is a fascinating example of how modern design software can save and revitalize significant buildings for use by future generations.

case study > Gallello ResidenceModern House Architects

ARCHICAD and Artlantis for small firms

Modern House Architects

September 5, 2014

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.

case study > powerhouse companyPhoto © Rene de Wit

Mastering Precision - Erasmus Pavilion, Rotterdam

Powerhouse Company | DeZwarteHond

July 1, 2014

The new Erasmus University Rotterdam Student Center is located at the heart of a new master plan for the University area. Designed in combination with De Zwarte Hond, it is set to become a vibrant and central meeting point on the campus where research meets business and science meets culture. Sustainability, usability, transparency, and intimacy are the main objectives for the design of the Student Center.

Fulton Trotter Architects: Faith Lutheran College© Fulton Trotter Architects - Faith Lutheran College

OPEN BIM Collaboration Pilot: The Faith Lutheran College Secondary School

Fulton Trotter Architects

February 3, 2014

Fulton Trotter Architects chose this project as a pilot project for BIM collaboration with the full consultant team – Land Surveyor, Civil Engineer, Structural Engineer, Hydraulic Consultant, Mechanical Engineer and Electrical Engineer – in order to trail the capabilities of FTA and the consultant team to create a fully coordinated BIM. Read more...














































































































































































































































Budapest Music Center

Art1st Design Studio

December 5, 2013

An architecturally and culturally unique institution, the Budapest Music Center is one musician’s 30-year dream come true. ARCHICAD contributed to keeping the costs low and the schedule on time. ARCHICAD’s Teamwork function was also the key for the team to work efficiently.




Taiwan TowerTaiwan Tower by Douglas Muir, RA, BArch, NCARB and Mark Flamer, PE

The power of Open BIM in the face of tight deadlines

Douglas Muir, RA, BArch, NCARB and Mark Flamer, PE

November 12, 2013

The collaboration between GRAPHISOFT ARCHICAD and Nemetschek Scia Engineer proves to be a good combination to tackle tight competition deadlines. An architect and a structural engineer managed to create a thorough documentation of their project within just four weeks.

Grand Beach HotelGrand Beach Hotel Surfside © MB Development

Grand Beach Hotel Surfside in Miami

MB Development

October 15, 2013

MB Development established a highly successful BIM workflow which includes the use of GRAPHISOFT MEP Modeler™ and GRAPHISOFT BIM Server. The firm also utilizes BIM for facility management throughout the lifecycle of the building.

Wilson Architects + Donovan Hill – image: © Alex Chomicz


Wilson Architects + Donovan Hill

June 26, 2013

TRI is conceived as a series of interconnected places to enable a community of research. From the intimate to the expansive, the building acknowledges the diverse communities that make up Translational Research Institute. It enables both the intensity of scientific research and a range of opportunities for collaboration. Its Internal fitout and landscape design as well as the documentation of the building was done using ARCHICAD with teamwork function in collaboration with Revit Architecture in which the façade and public area were designed...

Villa StolivVilla Stoliv – Enforma Ltd. – photo: © Nenad Mandić

Beyond Tradition - Villa Stoliv

M.Sc.Architect Nikola Novaković | Enforma Ltd.

May 27, 2013

“Denying a history is impossible; to blindly obey it is unproductive and artistically unacceptable. However, investment is a lot more important: we neither can disavow the past, nor utilize it lightly. Both tradition and the future are conquered by creative efforts, profound studies of architectural language spirit, and practice.”

Multi-functional complex on Mosfilmovskaya StreetSergey Skuratov Architects | Photo © Ilya Ivanov

The ARCHICAD 17 Signature Building
Multifunctional dwelling in Moscow, Russia

Sergey Skuratov Architects

May 17, 2013

ARCHICAD 17’s ‘signature building’ is located very close to the wide, open spaces of Poklonnaya Gora and the valley of the Setun River. Its design was dictated by the existing urban terrain and originally consisted of two, slightly differing yet symmetrical pairs of buildings. The first of this pair was conceived and constructed as an urban accent to be seen from well-known observation points throughout Moscow.

Build for the FutureThe new headquarter of Aarhus University,
School of Engineering, Denmark

BIM as a working method for
800 engineering students

Thomas Graabæk, BIM Equity

May 8, 2013

At Aarhus University, School of Engineering in Denmark, there are 800 construction engineering students at the Bachelors level. Here, Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a regular part of the curriculum, with a focus on structural and MEP modeling with model exchange between applications for analysis and calculations via IFC.

Build for the FuturePhoto: © Constantin Meyer, Köln

Build for the Future

HHS Planer + Architekten AG

April 17, 2013

Sustainability: A term so over-used, that it has become difficult to use. The same goes for “sustainable building,” a standard phrase that is everywhere but is often too nebulous and vague, like the “organic” label on our food.

Larkas & Laine Architects© Larkas & Laine Architects Ltd.

Challenges Create Capabilities

Larkas & Laine Architects Ltd.

February 12, 2013

Solibri Model Checker and ARCHICAD Enhance BIM and Quality Assurance for Larkas & Laine Architects, one of the largest architectural offices in Finland. The company has invested heavily in building information modeling on demanding design projects, placing great emphasis on modeling capabilities and internal quality control.

MIX StudioWorks, Inc.© MIX StudioWorks, Inc.

The Nanjing World Trade Center

MIX StudioWorks, Inc.

January 28, 2013

Nanjing World Trade Center (NWTC), designed by global architectural firm MIX, was delivered from pre concept through a completed design development phase in just a few months. NWTC’s site is set amid Nanjing’s Hexi New City in China, the emerging district for large scale, mixed-use developments.

Helen & Hard ArchitectsImage: © Emile Ashley

Vennesla Library & Cultural Centre

Helen & Hard Architects

October 10, 2012

The new library in Vennesla comprises a library, a café, meeting places and administrative areas, and links an existing community house and learning centre together. All main public functions have been centered into one generous space...

Studio Pacific ArchitectsImage: © Patrick Reynolds

The Rock, Wellington Airport

Studio Pacific Architects

October 10, 2012

A radical departure from contemporary airports worldwide, preoccupied with the imagery of lightness and flight, the Rock terminal evokes instead the anchoring qualities of the land that rises to meet planes as they touch down and the coast that recedes away from them as they depart.

The Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research CentreImage: © Bond Bryan Architects

The Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre

Bond Bryan Architects

May 25, 2012

Collaborative Design makes a big impact for Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre. With the increased complexity of projects, it is imperative that more consistent standards of design and construction are adhered to.

Community Insight and Feedback key in design of Shirebrook AcademyImage: © Bond Bryan Architects

Community Insight and Feedback key in design of Shirebrook Academy

Bond Bryan Architects

May 25, 2012

"BIMx is an incredibly powerful tool. It enables anyone to explore the building model, to understand what it is all about – and to share their thoughts and ideas with the rest of the community. Isn’t this the best way to achieve the best design?"

HLM ArchitectsImage: ©HLM Architects

Using the Best Teamwork Skills to Deliver the Best Projects

HLM Architects

May 25, 2012

HLM Architects uses ARCHICAD Teamwork to optimise its design resources. The ‘one team culture’ is a core principle of its business and continues to generate a high degree of intra-office working and team spirit.

The Rural Regeneration Centre of Hadlow CollegeHadlow College

The Rural Regeneration Centre of Hadlow College


The Rural Regeneration Centre in Kent, designed using ARCHICAD, is the UK’s First Certified Passivhaus Educational Building.

EcoDesigner information is key to gaining Planning Consent2030 Architects Ltd.


The Rural Regeneration Centre of Hadlow College

2030 Architects Ltd.

2030 Architects Ltd works throughout Cumbria and the North West to create high quality Low Carbon buildings and environments for existing and future generations.



















































































































































































































Using PassivHaus construction principles to create affordable, energy efficient homes

Axis Design Architects

2030 Architects Ltd works throughout Cumbria and the North West to create high quality Low Carbon buildings and environments for existing and future generations.




Making Old become New, and Efficient!© Constructive Thinking Studio Ltd.

Making Old become New, and Efficient!

Constructive Thinking Studio Ltd.

Constructive Thinking Studio, based in Liverpool, is a design-led practice which has quality of design at the heart of its role. Very experienced in sustainable design the Practice is fully accredited Code for Sustainable Homes, On Construction Domestic Energy Assessor (ONDEA), and advises on early-stage energy strategies.

Meilahti Primary School© Meilahti Primary School

BIM modelling – a useful tool for the City of Helsinki

Helsinki Public Works

Originally published in ArchiMAG magazine.
The City of Helsinki encourages the use of building information modelling as it enables the city to acquire more and better information on its properties and to maintain them more easily.

Bedford AcademyImage: © Bond Bryan Architects

Bedford Academy

Bond Bryan Architects

Setting new standards in workforce management and implementing and teaching Teamwork was a significant effort for Rob Jacksons studio before working on the BIM model for The Academy but was the right choice, nonetheless.

Meilahti Primary SchoolPhoto: © Claus Graubner

The Darmstadtium

fs-architects & Chalabi architects & partners

Rectangular and simple - this description certainly doesn't apply to the new Science and Congress Center in Darmstadt! On the contrary -- the complex acts as an expressive, angular sculpture with a dynamic design.

















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