Learn SubD Modeling in Rhino 7: Create the Centre Pompidou Metz Roof

Parametric Modeling

Advance your skills in 3D modeling with our Rhino 7 course. Create Centre Pompidou's organic roof structure and explore pattern generation with Grasshopper

Arie-Willem de Jongh

Arie-Willem de Jongh

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Why take this course

In this course, you will learn how to model an organic envelope using the new Subd or Subdivision geometry available in Rhino 7. Arie-Willem de Jongh - a veteran computational design expert - will be your instructor for this course. Knowing how to model using Subd’s benefits you significantly. It prepares you for design, engineering, and manufacturing careers while improving your skills in handling complex shapes.

The roof structure of the Centre Pompidou in Metz by Shigeru Ban Architects will be used as a base. We’ll start by modeling the roof shape using Subd’s. This geometry type is a mix between Meshes and NURBS. It will allow us to model organic shapes fast and accurately.

We’ll create the pattern for the roof structure in Grasshopper, a parametric modeling plugin for Rhino. You'll see why parametric modeling tools are excellent at generating seemingly complex patterns in a simple, understandable way. When the pattern is ready, we'll return to the roof we modeled at the beginning of the course. We’ll use the natural form of the roof as an input for Grasshopper to give shape to the pattern. We'll use Grasshopper to generate the beams and the interwoven pattern of the roof structure.

It will be a challenging course for advanced users in both Rhino and Grasshopper. However, it will be fun to learn how these complex forms and patterns are made.

Learn Subd Geometry Modeling in Rhino 7

With Rhino's implementation of SubD's, you'll have the power to create and manipulate Subdivision surfaces like never before, resulting in highly accurate and detailed objects that can be seamlessly converted into manufacturable solids.

Bring Your Ideas To Life

Subdivision geometry enables you to create complex organic shapes that are difficult to achieve with traditional CAD techniques. The ability to view your designs from all angles will help you make more informed design decisions. Subdivision modeling in Rhino makes experimenting with different design ideas and exploring new concepts easy, ultimately improving your creativity and visualization skills.


Knowledge Of Subd Modeling Is An In-demand Skill

Rhino is a popular software used in architecture, product design, and engineering. Subdivision modeling is essential for careers in these fields, and by acquiring this skill, you will be better prepared for the workforce and have a higher chance of landing that dream job.


3D Model With Precision

Precision and accuracy are critical for architecture, engineering, and manufacturing industries. Subdivision modeling enables you to create highly accurate models in Rhino with exacting detail. This level of precision is essential, as minor errors can lead to significant problems.


Easy Learning Curve

Rhino has a user-friendly interface and intuitive tools that make it easy to create and manipulate Subdivision geometry. Modeling in Rhino using Subd’s feels like sculpting a clay model, pushing and pulling vertices to get the right form. You’ll be surprised by how little modeling and editing it takes to get the desired result compared with NURBS or Mesh geometry.