Haiku about Week 3’s Assignment:
Pavilions and Pools
Rectangle, Freeform, Hybrid
Make 3 for topo
Let the journey begin…
End of Video 1: Working off the topo file, I hid all the layers from Topo Trim to Contours since we were going to be working with the pool first. I needed a “blank slate”. With that, you create a new layer labeled “Pool Rectangle” with the sublayers Pool, The Ground, and The Contours. Once again, you put a point at (0,0,0) – this should be the first thing you do every time so that the origin can be your reference point. By the end of video 1 (pictured above), some the tools I used included:
-Curve > Fillet
-Solid > Extrude Planar Curve
End of Video 2: To add a deck to the finished pool, I used the offset command to create a deck of 10ft around the pool. When I turned all the previous layers back on, I could not place the pool within the topo lines. Using the solid geometry of the pool to trim it into the landscape, I then had to use Surface > Extrude Curve > Straight and trim to make the pool completely a part of the ground. The pool no longer looked like it was hovering over the site.
End of Video 3: New pool, new layer. Using the same base of the rectangular pool, I used Curve: Interpolate points to create this amoeba looking, freeform pool. Surface > Extrude Curve > Straight and Solid > Extrude Planar Curve are your best friends in making these solids. One must remember to consistently unite solids and join curves to maintain order – plus, it makes it easier and more convenient in the end.
Hybrid Pool: Using the polyline and interpolate points command to create this hybrid pool. My inspiration? A lightbulb. I also thought of what type of pool I would like to swim in – one with a round central space and rectangular more private sitting area. I created this pool using the same commands as the rectangular and freeform pool, the only different was the shape of the actual pool.
Here are screenshots of each pool set in to the landscape.
End of Video 1: Now onto pavilion construction, with that, you need to clear out your screen to make room for this new project. Turn off all layers. Instead of working in plan, we worked in section. I never thought of working from the section would make any sense, but now I get it. Once again, you use the Solid > Extrude Planar Curve > Straight to create the solid figures. Also, if you want to have a point go at an angle, I suggest the (@#,#) command to determine the exact point you want it.
LOST: In the video, Rob jumped from the cluttered right view from the curved pavilion to the clean base section we started with. I originally was so lost on what had just happened. It was not until I watched more into the video when I realized that Rob just quickly hid the curved pavilion solid with CTRL+H. It all made sense then. But I was pretty frustrated for a few minutes on where the form went in the video. Note: To unhide what you hide, type “show”. Tada.
By copying the main polyline section and using Edit Points to change the curve, you can create many different variations with ease. Drag here, pull here, it is not a confusing process. And then, to connect the curves you use the loft command. Be careful with the order you select the curves, it does matter.
Here’s my hybrid pavilion. My inspiration? A moustache.
Using the same commands to place the pools in to the landscape, I placed the pavilions into their respective sites. Here you go, the final products. The end.
In Kalin’s course, when it came to cutting pieces and having indentations, she taught us how to the use the Boolean command. Before this video, I had ever used the Surface > Extrude Curve > Straight and Solid > Extrude Planar Curve > Straight commands. They are so helpful, I’m glad I learned how to use them now. I used to create boxes using my polyline rectangle as the reference points, double the work. Also, the hide and show commands are so convenient as well.