Model a given co-player when developing unique Kineum project

A digital round tour of Kineum, Gothenburg, enhances the customers understanding of the complex building project. “Together with the customers, we solve problems which also improves quality”, says Marco Folke Testa at Reflex Arkitekter. The model serves important purposes, not least when the façade's spectacular fishing net pattern was dimensioned in Archicad.

The connection to the west coast is clearly visible with the fish net pattern that encloses the façade of Kineum, an architectural creation that is currently being built in Gothenburg, Sweden. A gem that takes pride of its place in the urban landscape and creates a sense of dynamics with its unique idiom. The name originates from the Greek word for movement: kinetics.

Kineum, due in two years (2022), has 27 floors. Consisting of office spaces, restaurants, a hotel and spa as well as a sky bar, it provides its visitors with an overview of the big city. NCC and Platzer are the entrepreneurs behind the project.

Well thought out plan including several types of models

The idea of the original design originates from Reflex Architects, who won the design competition. When the project was planned, the architects made use of their cohesive working method, from customer requirements and analysis to realizing project. A circular working process that is applied in all parts and stages.

"A mindset that is the backbone of our creation process that permeates the vast project", says Marco Folke Testa, CEO of the architectural firm. It requires an elaborate and structured plan in which we link the CAD files to create a good flow that strengthens the quality.

Archicad has a given role in this flow where different models were developed for specific tasks and purposes. In the creative phase, architects are free to try different ideas and savor solutions, which is made in a sketch model, Marco says. When everything is clarified in dialogue with the customer, the design is transferred into the final model. Thus, Archicad is used in all stages of the design, from ideas in broad outlines to the completed version with a focus on solving different issues in detail. A working process that is creative and free, well suited for the design of the spa.

Changes made directly in the model during digital round tour

The spa at the top floor of the building is advanced in its design with sloping walls and ceiling sections, stairs and several swimming pools. “It is an extremely complex room that is impossible to explain with a plan-drawing. That's why we invite the customer to a digital round tour in the Archicad model. It is the only way for the customer to really get a grip of how we contemplated and solved different tasks.”

The feeling of moving around in the spatial environment becomes lifelike and almost tangible when the customer, wearing a pair of VR glasses, is able to wander around and form an opinion of their own regarding the result.

"It's been very constructive", Marco says. The customer thinks it is fantastic, and during the round tour they have made suggestions of changes to improve the model, such as moving a staircase or a window.

The architects processed the customer’s comments and suggestions and implemented changes directly in the model before the customer's eyes. It saved time and improved the quality of the meeting.

"Together with the customer, we solve problems or discuss different challenges", says Marco. “We see it as a great advantage, and it assures us that the customer really understands what the facility might look like in real life”.

Marco also points out the need to spread the information about their method. "Above all, it is about opportunities to share the model to the VR glasses, to study it with the BIMx viewer in a mobile phone or other digital forms.

Correct dimensioning of the façade's fishing net pattern

The building's spectacular façade consists of a solid, large metal cross pattern placed in front of panes of glass. Getting the right size of the pattern was an extensive task in which the architects had to consider many aspects and finally found a solution with the help of Archicad.

“The cross construction needs dimensions that make the façade visible at a distance, to be dimensioned in exactly the right size to achieve a pleasant indoor climate and with the right amount of daylight”.

In order to succeed with the task, the building was originally designed in Archicad. The model was then exported via IFC format into other programs for analyzing effects of daylight and solar thermal load. The result was used to modify the dimensions of the crosses so that a climate with the right amount of sunlight and shade is accomplished in the building. This was achieved by several simulations where different lengths and other measurements were tested.

The model is a co-player at all stages during the design of this very extensive project planning. Archicad is the tool, from concept development to finished model and is a given platform for visualizing the project to the customer. A productive dialogue takes place where the architects and the customer discuss solutions together. It increases the quality of the project, and ideas are implemented and takes shape of the impressive building that gives Gothenburg a new landmark.

All picture credits: Reflex Arkitekter
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About Love Janson

Love Janson is a communication strategist at ComWise AB. He has a BA degree in communication from Halmstad University.
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