Monday, October 16, 2006

Gyratory Tower Modelled in SketchUp

This model is based on Santiago Calatrava's famous 'Turning Torso' building in Malmö, Sweden. It was one of my attempts to see how far I could push SketchUp. SketchUp is often thought of as an 'orthogonal' modeller – I hope that the above model shows otherwise. Basically one floor was modelled, then 'twisted'. After some clean-up, the single storey was turned into a component, then a 3-storey unit was created, complete with structural spars, again as a component. Each 3-storey unit was then duplicated and rotated to create the final effect. The beauty of modelling as a component at each stage was that changes made at any level would 'filter up' to the rest of the model.

Here's an animation of the SketchUp model hosted at YouTube:

This is done using SketchUp's 'X-Ray' mode, so you can see more of the structure.

And here's an animation of a much more-accurate model. This one is a pretty accurate copy of Calatrava's Turning Torso.


Anonymous Winer M said...

hi.. i'm winer, architecture student..
i wonder if u have the plan, elevation, section image of turning torso..
i need that for my drawing assignment for 26january09..
u can reach me at
thanks before.. :)

8:22 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's amazing how you mastered sketchup! did you use some kind of plugin to accomplish this project? congrats from Italy!

10:38 pm  
Blogger Tim Danaher said...

Grazie, anonymous!

No plug-ins, just a bit of cunning... you could make this with the free version, if you wanted. There's a tutorial online in issue 99 of 3D World magazine.

8:31 am  

Post a Comment

<< Home