How Nikken Sekkei uses ARCHICAD to drive design

Kawasaki Toshiba Building | Nikken Sekkei | Photo: Harunori Noda [Gankosha]


"While the typical approach is to treat BIM software as simply the latest means for documenting design, Japanese architecture firm Nikken Sekkei is channeling the latest capabilities of ARCHICAD — the dominant BIM software in Japan, as well as Central and Eastern Europe — to develop an entirely new design process." Learn how Nikken Sekkei uses a data-driven, tech-oriented approach to not only enhance the quality of their designs, but also to apply design thinking to architectural practice.

Despite the unprecedented power that Building Information Modeling (BIM) offers architects and designers, most employ only a fraction of its potential. While the typical approach is to treat BIM software as simply the latest means for documenting design, Japanese architecture firm Nikken Sekkei is channeling the latest capabilities of ARCHICAD — the dominant BIM software in Japan, as well as Central and Eastern Europe — to develop an entirely new design process. By running real-time simulations to support collaborative work, utilizing environmental analysis tools to generate building forms, and centralizing project data to effectively implement lessons learned, working methods at Nikken Sekkei resemble a fundamentally different approach to the way architects design buildings.

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About Nikken Sekkei Ltd.

Nikken is a comprehensive professional consultancy group providing one-stop service for a large variety of planning, design and management. The group consists of the following companies.


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GRAPHISOFT® ignited the BIM revolution in 1984 with ArchiCAD®, the industry first BIM software for architects. GRAPHISOFT continues to lead the industry with innovative solutions such as its revolutionary BIMcloud® the world’s first real-time BIM collaboration environment, EcoDesigner™, the world’s first fully BIM-integrated “GREEN” design solution and BIMx®, the world’s leading mobile app for BIM visualization. GRAPHISOFT has been a part of the Nemetschek Group since its acquisition in 2007.


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