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How to create chimneys in Archicad

Judit Boros
Graphisoft Alumni
Graphisoft Alumni
This article is based on a thread from our Design Forum.

1 - The Column Tool trick

Simply place columns into the wall where you want the chimneys to be - just make sure they go all the way up on each floor. This works fine for singular flues in 2D plans and sections, but you can't get the flue cavity in 3D that way. The column tool is solid and won't let you assign a different (or no) material to the core.

2 - Hollow column objects

Create the chimneys with the Morph Tool and save as GDL Object.

3 - Using Solid Element Operations

Place columns, walls or slabs in the wall where the chimney should be, and use the Design>Solid Element Operations... (See Solid Element Operations for more details), to subtract the 'chimney' from the wall. These should be on their own special layer. After having done so, hide their layer - this will give a proper view in S/E windows, but unfortunately not in the floor plan. There you will have to use a cover fill, as with the slab method. This works fine in S/E windows but that will not show correctly in the floor plan. Again, cover fills will be needed in the floor plan views.

4 - Use the Slab Tool

(Draw the outline of the chimney block with a slab, draw fills where the holes (chimneys) should be, then Magic Wand (Space+click) holes into it using the fills (make sure to have the Slab Tool active when doing so). Refer to the Manual for details on using the Magic Wand tool.) If the chimney gets very complex it may be easier with the Slab Tool as others have suggested on ARCHICAD-Talk. The slab cleans up with walls in 3D but not in 2D. You will have to use a cover fill in the floor plan because the cut fill of a slab only works in sections, not in plans. And note that all fill types don't work in all tool modes.

5 - Use walls

You can get walls to work in most situations. Walls in Archicad clean up differently depending on the order that they're drawn (this is a lot simpler than it sounds - the editor). To get a cleanup around a hole with walls you need four walls.
  • The easiest way is to start drawing the thin walls around one row of flues, with the reference line on the outside.
  • Then draw dividing walls between flues, and then the next row of flues, again starting with the perimeter.
  • Then draw the next chimney the same way.
  • After the chimneys are drawn, draw the thick wall in between the chimneys, connecting to the outer chimney corners.
  • If they don't clean up fully at once, use the Design > Modify Wall > Reference Line > Offset > By Distance command and experiment a little, first on one of the thin transversing walls.
The attached picture shows how these items appear in the different views. The uppermost floor plan is with reference lines visible. A red R marks where Thomas has adjusted reference line positions. With the right combination of drawing order and reference line positions you'll get there. And please note this explanation is much more complicated than the actual work.

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