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Stories in Archicad


Stories in Archicad, just as in real buildings, serve to divide space vertically and replicate the story structure of your real building.

Stories are ranges of height in space. Each story has a reference (level). It is the height of the horizontal plane at the bottom of the vertical range. The references of the stories are represented by Story Level Lines on Sections and Elevations.

Every element in Archicad is linked to a story, called the Home Story.

NOTE: By default every element is automatically linked to the story where it is, but other elements, that are not in the height range of the story can also be linked to the same story. You can change the Home Story to which the element is linked to any time without changing the element's height or position in space.


Home Story is a parameter of the elements, so you can select, list or filter the elements based on their Home Story. When you work on a floor plan, you see the elements that are on that specific story or are linked to that story.

You can link the top or the bottom of some elements, such as walls, slabs, columns, and stairs to stories in the project. It means that if you change the story height, the height of these elements changes too.


Story Settings

To edit or create stories, you have to open the Story Settings dialog box. You can open the dialog two ways:

  • in the context menu (appears after a right-click) of a Story Tab or
  • using the Design > Story Settings command.

In the Story Settings dialog you can

  • Re-name the stories
  • Insert new stories
  • Delete stories
  • Change the 'Elevation' or the 'Height to Next' values

Elevation is the absolute height level of the story reference, the entered values can be positive or negative
Height to Next is the distance of the story reference from the reference of the next story. its reference to the next story reference, the inputs can be an only positive value.

You can control the height and vertical position of stories by setting up their Elevation or the Height to Next values.


Creating a New Story

  1. Go to Design > Story Settings.
  2. Click “Insert Above” or “Insert Below” to insert a new story above or below the story name selected in the dialog box list.
  3. Click OK. The new story appears above or below the selected story. The numbering is automatically updated.

Another way to create a new story:

  1. Select a Story in the Navigator’s Project Map.
  2. Use the context menu’s “Create New Story” command.


All renamed, and newly created stories will be immediately shown in the Navigator after confirming the inputs by clicking “OK”.


Make sure that you are in the right Tab. The current viewpoint is written in bold letters.  Double-click the Ground Floor in the Navigator to switch to it.

Rename a Story

Go to Design > Story Settings.

Click the name of the story you wish to rename, and type the new name.

Right-click the story name in the Navigator, and choose the Rename Story command.

Delete a Story

Use the Navigator or Story Settings to delete one or more stories by clicking on Delete Story.


  • If you delete a Story, all elements that had that story as their Home Story will also be deleted! Deleting a story is not undoable.
  • The undo queue is cleared entirely whenever you delete or add a story, or change story height.

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