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Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2013: No Experience Required by Eric Wing

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Chapter 16

Advanced Wall Topics

More on walls? Really? It seems as though all we do is walls. Well, that’s because buildings are composed mainly of walls. As you may have noticed, the exterior walls are compound wall structures with reveals and parapet caps. In the west wing, you have a staircase that is completely unsupported. It would be nice to add a wall to make those stairs less spongy. Given the fact that the west wing is a high-end architectural woodwork area, that wall could use some trims that can be added right to the wall’s profile. Also, we haven’t touched on a curtain wall of any kind.

In this chapter, you will learn about:

  • Creating compound walls
  • Adding wall sweeps
  • Creating stacked walls
  • Creating curtain walls
  • Adding a wall to a massing object

Creating Compound Walls

The first item to tackle is how to develop a wall with different materials. The exterior walls you’ve been using in this model are a prime example of compound walls. The bottom 3″ (900mm) of the wall consists of concrete block, and the rest of the wall is brick. When you cut a section through the wall, you can see that the wall has an airspace as well as a metal stud–wall backup.

Usually, these chapters start with a claim that “the following procedure is so easy…a child could do it” (or something of that nature). The development of compound walls isn’t the easiest thing you’ll tackle in the Autodesk® Revit® Architecture software. This procedure is somewhat touchy, and doing it well takes practice. In ...

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