VisualARQ is an architectural software that runs as a fully integrated plug-in in Rhinoceros.

VisualARQ adds architectural features and parametric architectural objects  that are suitable for both 3D modeling and 2D documentation.

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IFC Import & Export from Revit to Rhino and from Rhino to Revit

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Space Area Precision 1 Reply

Is there a way to control the precision of the area read-out for Spaces, independently of the model unit precision set in Rhino Options > Units?If I model in feet & inches with a precision of…Continue

Started by Brandon Colaprete. Last reply by Francesc Salla on Friday.

line between wall and column? 2 Replies

Hi there, Is there anyway or workaround if I don’t want to see the line between column and wall when are all the same material.Thank you,…Continue

Started by Someak. Last reply by Someak Jul 26.

Elevation Patterns 3 Replies

Is there a way to parametrically create hatch patterns in elevation? For example, brick or siding patterns.Continue

Started by Brandon Colaprete. Last reply by Francesc Salla Jul 9.

Remove holes from slabs 6 Replies

Hello!First, apologies for erroneously sending this as a message to all members before... wrong button!My question: is it possible to remove additional curves/holes from slabs that have been…Continue

Started by Eugen Sares. Last reply by Eugen Sares Jun 26.

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Comment by Francesc Salla on June 2, 2015 at 7:57am


1. When creating a wall from a solid you need to create a curve that will define the wall path. The openings that you want to insert in that wall will be placed on that path. Edit the opening "Cut depth" value, in the opening properties panel, if the opening is not deep enough to cut the wall.

2. Windows in VisualARQ are always inserted vertically. I hope we can improve that in future versions and windows can be aligned on the surface of a slanted wall.

3. This will be possible in VisualARQ 2.0.

Comment by Erik Sven Broberg on May 31, 2015 at 6:09pm


I am trying to figure out how to do two things: 

1) I can't seem to add windows to walls created 'from solids'

2) I can't seem to add angled windows to walls which is easy in revit. The window cut through the walls not normal to the surface. How is this done?

3) Can I create custom styles in grasshopper with other plugins and hook them into ARQ?

Thanks I am new. 


Comment by Francesc Salla on May 15, 2015 at 3:47am

New VisualARQ 1.9 available!

New features

  • IFC Import. (Video)
  • IFC tag. (Video)
  • Multilayer slabs (Video)
  • Columns can be created from blocks for the 2D/3D representation (Video)
  • Option to insert openings in Curtain walls
  • Curtain walls with curved panels
  • Added a control point to lean curtain walls
  • Tag orientation (Video)
  • Plan view depth of field

See the complete list in What's new.

Download it!

Comment by Francesc Salla on May 13, 2015 at 2:12am

Hi Denis,

Thanks to report these issues. It seems like Revit is not importing the 2D representation of the windows exported to IFC from VisualARQ, although it looks right in 3D.

Furthermore, it seems there is a problem with openings that have been inserted in walls converted from solids in VisualARQ. 

We will have a look at your model and see if there is something we can do from our side to fix these issues.

In the meantime you can replace those openings in Revit by others that show the 2D representation, or edit the opening family.

Best regards, 

Comment by Denis Milhaud on May 12, 2015 at 3:05pm

Hi M. Francesc Salla,

I'm very interested by the interoperability between Rhino and Revit trough the ifc file format ! Many thanks for the work you're achieving with visualarq, but I just found some issues ...

I recently made a test about the ifc export from visualarq 1.9 (eval) to revit 2015 with a very simple apartment model, but it went wrong... In the Revit file floorplan, windows are actually not visible, and doors are not displayed right.

The VA and Revit files are attached down here ; I hope you could help me to get the ifc export to work on Revit !



Best regards,


Comment by James Moses on July 11, 2014 at 12:16pm

I down loaded the latest version and it took care of the problem. Many thanks.

Comment by Francesc Salla on July 10, 2014 at 9:54am


1. Try to refresh the window with the _vaUpdate command.

2. Make sure the Cut Depth parameter of that window is at least equal or higher than the wall thickness where the window is inserted. You can edit this "Cut Depth" parameter under the window properties, inside the Rhino properties panel.


Comment by James Moses on July 10, 2014 at 9:42am

I can't get placed window to trim an opening in the walls. It did before but doesn't now. What am I doing wrong this time?

Comment by Francesc Salla on July 10, 2014 at 12:30am


You need to assign a transparent material to the glass component of the window you want to render. You can do that from the window styles dialog (run the _vaWindowStyles command to open it), and select the glass component of that window style. This tip adds more information about this topic:


Comment by James Moses on July 9, 2014 at 3:25pm

I'm new to VisualARQ. When I place windows in a wal, l when I render it's not an opening in the wall. It's opaque. What am I doing wrong?


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