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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Vertical Offsets in VA walls 1 Reply

Hi there,I'm not entirely sure where I should put this discussion, but I'd like to request an enhancement to the already great wall tool in VA.In WA Australia, we use double brick veneer walls which…Continue

Started by Steven Leech. Last reply by Francesc Salla on Tuesday.

Tip of the week: How can I create stairs with landings? 2 Replies

1. Create a stair:Run the _vaStair command , or click on the Stair icon in the VisualARQ Objects toolbar. The stair insert dialog box will appear with the list of existing stair styles.Select…Continue

Tags: 3D, landings, stairs, architecture, visualarq

Started by Francesc Salla. Last reply by Francesc Salla Feb 19.

block on plan view 3 Replies

will be ever implemented the possibility to have door and windows as 2d rhino blocks in the plan view once it's been exploded?Continue

Started by stefano suarez. Last reply by stefano suarez Jan 26.

How do I get area results based on the centerline? 4 Replies

How do I get area results based on the centerline? Continue

Started by aromos. Last reply by Francesc Salla Sep 2, 2014.

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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?

Comment by Francesc Salla on June 11, 2014 at 4:50am

VisualARQ 1.8 available!

More new features than ever!

What's new? 

  • New parametric Curtain Wall object. (Video)
  • Section attributes on VisualARQ and Rhino objects: set the line widths, print colors, hatch patterns, etc. on any kind of geometry for display and printing purposes. (Video)
  • New Level Manager: shows and hides levels easily. (Video)
  • Texture mappings on VisualARQ objects: no need to explode the VisualARQ objects anymore to assign texture materials on them and apply surface, box, cylindrical mappings, etc. More information.
  • New VisualARQ Grasshopper Components WIP 3 released.
  • Wall layers in 3D: wall layers are now shown in Section views and can have different materials for rendering purposes.
  • Improved IFC exporter: models are much better exported to IFC for Revit, ArchiCAD, Solibri, etc. with a minor loss of information. (More information)
  • New Tag object: displays VisualARQ objects information in 2D labels. (More information)
  • More object styles and beam profiles added: full AISC and European standard beam styles added to VisualARQ templates.
  • Plan View automatic update. (More information)
  • Zoo support: shares VisualARQ licenses among users on the same network workgroup.
  • Help available in Spanish, German, Italian and French

Download it from here:

Comment by Francesc Salla on June 28, 2013 at 12:06am

VisualARQ 1.7.3 available! 

New features:

  • Added support for VisualARQ Grasshopper Components WIP2.
  • Added mesh, hatch and text support in section and plan views.
  • Doors and windows openings are also subtracted in connected walls (vertical or horizontal).
  • Walls can be created from a closed planar curve.

Download it from here:


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