Richard Gemigniani of Gemigniani Architects, based in Sherman Oaks, CA has been using ARCHICAD since the late 1990s at his mac-based practice. Having used ARCHICAD for so many years, Gemigniani says it has made his practice more efficient.
“The software makes it seems as though I have 3 or 4 people working for me simultaneously. It updates as I change elements automatically, saving me from tedious work. Even on projects with a challenging amount of changes, I’m able to keep up with them, compress my work efficiently and when necessary, arrive at meetings prepared.”
As he works on projects that are primarily residential hillside homes in Los Angeles, Gemigniani uses ARCHICAD to help his clients understand their new home’s location and GRAPHISOFT’s award-winning presentation app, BIMx.
“I show them the digital model in using BIMx on my iPad – that’s our standard protocol for every meeting,” said Gemigniani. It is important they understand the steep inclines, the height of the site and its setbacks. Walking them through the model in BIMx is very helpful.”
Planning departments in some cities Gemigniani deals with have accepted receiving models via BIMx but most still prefer reviewing drawings via email. The ARCHICAD model supports either scenario.
“Whether we print images from the model to help them through their process or show them digital images, it helps us communicate better in situations where the planning board members may not be comfortable reading 2D plans.”
Gemigniani recently completed a renovation to an existing home in the Pacific Palisades beach community. The project called for gutting the first floor and adding a second story. The primary residence, located on an upslope lot has been transformed into a modern farm house or monument house. Using board formed concrete for the lower section and board and batten siding as well as mahogany wood the completed project, which took about 18 months from start to finish, has a modernized look.
As the project progressed, BIMx assisted the team during interior design on this home as well.
“We worked with an interior designer out of San Francisco who used the BIMx model to visualize and tweak all the interiors. As it went through an extensive number of changes, it occurred to me that we would have had a difficult time managing those changes any other way. Our interior design consultant used BIMx to go over everything, from the concrete layout pattern to the kitchen cabinets and the pulls on their doors – it was all reviewed in BIMx.”