Panels are the flat surfaces – generally glazed – of the Curtain Wall. Panels are automatically placed between Frames and onto the Base Surface. When creating a Curtain Wall, you can define the parameters for two predefined classes of panels in Curtain Wall Scheme Settings.
The Curtain Wall’s two predefined classes of Panels are called Main and Distinct. To define the arrangement of the different classes of panels within your Curtain Wall, toggle them by clicking the panel pattern in the Preview window of the Curtain Wall Scheme Settings dialog box: click any panel to switch its class from Main (white) to Distinct (gray) or vice-versa.
The properties of the Main and Distinct classes of panels (type, surface, width) are defined in the respective dialog boxes of Curtain Wall Settings. If you change any property of the Main or Distinct Panel classes for a selected Curtain Wall, then every panel in that class will change to reflect these changed settings.
Most of your Curtain Wall panels will be “fixed” glazed surfaces. However, you can insert object-type Panels which serve as Door or Window openings.
When a Panel is selected in Edit mode, you can
Make the needed changes. Note that as soon as you make any changes in this dialog box, the “Class” field at the top changes to “Custom Panel.” This means you have broken the link between the selected Panel(s) and the class to which it earlier belonged.
You can place a GDL-based panel which behaves like a window or a door. Some of these are predefined in ARCHICAD and are listed in the Type pop-up list in the Panel Type and Geometry panel:
For example, suppose you have a Curtain Wall like the following one, and wish to place a door-type panel into it:
Now select the existing panels that you want to replace with a door-type panel. (Only rectangular panels will work.)
However, since you want to replace the two selected panels with just one door panel, first “merge” the selected panels by deleting the Frame between them.
Delete this Frame. Turn the panel display back on (click the eye icon back open next to “Panel” in the list controlling Edit mode display) and notice that the two panels selected earlier have been merged into a single panel. Now select this panel.
The selected panel is now replaced with a door-type panel, which you can open and close like other GDL doors. This newly placed panel is in neither the Main nor Distinct class; it is “custom.”
Note that this door-type Panel object has an editable parameter called “Top Direction.” This lets you redefine the “top” of the door by 90 degree increments in case you later free-rotate the Curtain Wall and the “top” of the door changes its position.