Learn about seven different methods of ways to add or remove content that isn't the norm in varying situations. For example, the Standard Wall Method is for run of the mill, basic stuff.  The Wall By Face Method is for more fluid designs.  Depending on what you are trying to achieve, one method is better than the other.  It is up to you to decide how to apply these tools to your situation. One size does not fit all! In doing so, you will find Revit is quite fun to play with.  Enjoy! 

1. Standard Wall Command

Using the standard wall command (Architectural or Structural), you can create vertical walls of various types such as Basic Walls, Curtain Walls, and Stacked Walls. You can take an existing System Family and duplicate it, change its properties, and make a new type of default wall.  This method allows for walls that have various materials, profiles, sweeps, end conditions, standard and custom profiles for vertical and horizontal mullions, as well as custom panels within mullions.  In addition, using the Stacked Wall allows for multiple walls to be stacked on top of each other (more than 2) to create intricate walls. 

  • The key thing to remember in this method is that you are creating walls by drawing a path (linear or non-linear) and the layers of the walls are swept along that path.

Admin Pro Tip:  Copy/paste custom walls from one Revit Project into another one via Ctnl+C/V for easy “transfer project standards.”

2. Wall by Face Command

Using the Wall by Face command (Building Maker tools), you can create non-vertical walls of various types and free-form design with mass objects of various shapes. 

  • The key thing to remember in this method is that you are creating walls by applying them to a face…no matter what shape or curvature of face. 

Admin Pro Tip:  Explore the other Building Maker Tools while here…

3. Walls as Railings

This method is meant to use walls and custom families nested in the walls to act as a railing system.  Sometimes working with the Railing command isn’t so intuitive so when you want a quick, down and dirty way of making a low wall with “balusters,” use this method. 

  • The key thing to remember in this method is that you are inserting a “baluster” custom family (wall based family) that has an Opening object within the family to cut the host wall (similar to a door or window inserted into a wall). 

Admin Pro Tip:  Use different low wall types (glass, block, metal, etc.) and different custom “baluster” families to make interesting railing design.

4. Curtain Walls with Custom Profiles and Wall Sweeps

This method is meant to use custom profiles, custom sweeps and nested families within custom profiles to create “stick framing,” and custom structures in a repeated fashion.  

  • The key thing to remember in this method is that you are inserting a custom family inside the mullion profile family as well as inserting horizontal wall sweeps (control the start/end points manually) to make unique designs. 

Admin Pro Tip: Use manufacturer specific mullion profiles if you want your curtain walls to have proper extrusions based upon that manufacturer content.

5. Curtain Walls with Custom Panels

This method is meant to use custom panels of various shapes, materials, etc. to create designs such as Spanish tiles for wall or roof application or textures such as weaves. 

  • The key thing to remember in this method is that you are adjusting the “non-definition” of the mullions to create the necessary spacing for the panels to look joined. 

Admin Pro Tip:  Explore other Boolean operations to generate custom panels.  Ensure you lock the top and bottom of the panel extrusions to their respective Reference Planes.

6. Use Void Panels in Curtain Walls

This method is more of a “negative” method of creating custom panels.  Instead of making a solid extrusion in Method 5, you are create a void shape to define the placement of custom solid geometry to create the panel. 

  • The key thing to remember in this method is that you are adjusting the shape of the panel by modifying the void object. 

Admin Pro Tip:  You will need to use Join Geometry for the solid objects and sometimes the Cut Geometry for the void objects.

7. Use Custom Adaptive Curtain Panels for Divided Surface

This method is more of an experiment on creating pattern systems using the divide surface command within the Conceptual Massing Environment and a custom adaptive curtain panel hosted by that divided surface.  This divided surface pattern is called Weave.  This particular one required A LOT OF MATH!  

  • The key thing to remember in this method is that you are free to experiment custom panels with preset divided panels. 

Admin Pro Tip:  If you keep your divided panel divisions to a low number (less than 20 for each U, V, W system, the regeneration of the object will be much faster.  The higher the division number, the longer the processing time.

Walls can be simple or complex depending on your design.  Start with the simple and move towards the complex.  This will help you get a better handle on the software. Don’t forget that you can use the “Edit Profile” command on typical walls to change the shape of them…don’t just stick to rectangular walls. Wall Tip:  Go to Edit Structure of typical wall, change view to Section, Zoom into bottom of wall within display, click Modify and unlock the horizontal plane of the bottom of the layers.  This allows you to pull up/down the layers…(i.e. to “extend” brick to foundation).