It's not easy to update the facade of an old building while maintaining its historic feel.
But after winning a competition to transform the Versailles School of Fine Arts, Platane Beres and his team at Platane Architecture did just that. Since many of the local buildings are sheathed in stone, Beres included stone--but used it in an entirely different way, putting his indelible mark on the town. His vision was to suspend six two-and-a-half meter, two-ton rectangles of stone from a hidden steel structure to create the illusion that they were floating. And he envisioned these large blocks of stone to be splayed with bubble-like protrusions.
With the BIM capabilities in Vectorworks Architect, he was able to go directly from concept to manufacturing, and bring the distinctive, freeform elements of the building to life. The firm also cut its costs by creating the construction documentation directly from the model, integrating coordinated plans, sections, elevations, and 3D views. "A 3D model has no holes, it provides complete, unlimited numbers of sections, and therefore, complete control over every situation with practically no extra effort," explains Beres. "It's most like real life."
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