Walls

In ARCHICAD, you can draw walls that are straight, curved, trapezoidal and polygonal.

Wall structure can basic (of a single component), or composite (composed of several components). You can also create complex walls (Profile Wall) of any custom shape and with a combination of components. Like other construction elements, a Wall’s essential structure derives from its Building Material.

Certain parametric objects such as Doors, Windows, and Wall Ends can only be placed into Walls.

A Curtain Wall is constructed with a separate, dedicated Curtain Wall tool.

See Curtain Wall.

Wall parameters are set in Wall Tool Settings. The bottom of every Wall (like other elements) is linked to its Home Story; you can also top-link the Wall to any story above it in the project. As needed, define offsets from its top link or Home Story; this will affect the Wall Height. Alternatively, just enter a fixed Wall height, without a top link.

Display of Walls

Use Wall Settings to choose attributes for the display of your wall in the various 2D and 3D windows, and to define its Building Material.

Additional display attributes are set using the pop-up options in the Floor Plan & Section panel of the Settings dialog box.

Use the Floor Plan Cut Plane, combined with element projection preferences, to determine which parts of the placed wall should be displayed.

While a Wall’s surface is defined as part of its Building Material, you can override a Wall’s surfaces on the Wall’s “outside” (reference line side), edge, and “inside” surfaces, using the controls in the Model Panel of Wall Settings.

Some aspects of Wall display depend on the current settings in View > On-Screen View Options.

Clean Wall & Beam Intersections can be set on and off.

Fill patterns can be shown as Vectorial Hatching or bitmap.

To use Graphical Overrides for Wall fills:

See Graphic Override Rules.

Related Topics:

Wall Reference Line

Create a Straight Wall

Create a Curved Wall

Create a Chain of Walls

Create a Rectangle of Walls

Create a Trapezoid Wall

Create a Composite Wall

Create a Polygon Wall (PolyWall)

Create a Slanted or Double-Slanted Wall

Create a Log Wall

Place Element or Library Part using a Complex Profile

Walls and Other Elements

Modify Wall Reference Line

Invert Wall Direction

Walls and Other Elements

Wall Tool Settings

Define Top Link for Wall, Column, Zone or Stair

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Wall Reference Line

Each Wall has a reference line and a direction. The Wall reference line is visible on the Floor Plan if you switch on: View > On-Screen ...

Create a Straight Wall

The Single Straight Wall method produces one straight wall element at a time. With the Wall Tool selected, choose the Straight Wall ...

Create a Curved Wall

With the Wall Tool selected, choose one of the three Curved Wall Geometry Methods from the Info Box.   •Centerpoint and radius ...

Create a Chain of Walls

A chained wall is a sequence of connected straight or curved wall elements. With the Wall Tool selected, choose the Chained Wall method from the ...

Create a Rectangle of Walls

With the Wall Tool selected, choose the Rectangle Wall method from the Info Box. (Pop out the small black arrow on the Straight Wall Method ...

Create a Trapezoid Wall

The Trapezoid or Non-Parallel method allows you to draw straight Walls whose thickness is not constant.   You draw this type of Wall ...

Create a Composite Wall

You can apply or customize a composite structure for a wall. See Assign a Composite Structure to a Wall, Slab, Roof or Shell. You can edit a ...

Create a Log Wall

You can create straight walls constructed from logs. Log details appear in both the 3D Window and Section/Elevation/IE Windows.   ...

Walls and Other Elements

For information on how intersections (junctions) work among construction elements: See Element Intersections. The following other features ...

Modify Wall Reference Line

Use the commands of the Reference Line and Plane hierarchical menu to modify the Reference Line position and the direction of selected Walls. By ...

Invert Wall Direction

With the Invert Wall Direction command (Edit > Reference Line & Plane), you can change the direction of the reference line. (The Wall ...