Cayuga Cabin

This project features the work of John Conrad, a student at the Cornell University College of Architecture, Art, and Planning in the U.S.A.

Project Description:

Inspired by prospects of coastal living, James and Miranda Johnson wanted a vacation home that was just enough. After the clients determined the plot of land in which they would build, the design of this home was inspired by the simplicities of vacations living and the local historical typologies of upstate New York. As a vacation get-away for a young couple, the house expresses a forward directionality, pointing one’s gaze towards the open water.

Constructed of Mass timber panels, CMU block and timber-framing, the cabin was created using the latest IBC code while incorporating daylighting strategies to minimize the need for daytime electrical usage. Parts of the walls incorporate an EIFS finish system as well as sustainable windows.

How VisualARQ contributed to the project:

VisualARQ was integral to both the design and detailing of the project, allowing both the freedom and flexibility through Rhino and the control to bring about more complicated connections and joinery work through its Grasshopper tools.

By using VisualARQ’s sophisticated documentation toolset, a rapid display of drawings can be created and further refined using Grasshopper, automating the complicated process of turning a 3D BIM model into a set of 2D drawings. This, along with the wide array of downloadable VisualARQ styles on the Food4Rhino website, allow designers to operate in a free and open-source environment, eliminating the struggle of paying costly monthly fees to more large corporations.

In digital renders, VisualARQ’s integration with Rhino allows it the flexibility to have a building that can be exported and rendered in a multiplicity of tools such as Maya, V-ray, Twinmotion and even Blender.

VisualARQ is a groundbreaking tool that frees the architect of monthly fees after an initial purchase and allows designers to once again own the tools they use, unlike any of its predecessors.