Jump to content

Piers in wall but with a void inside

Recommended Posts

Dear architect friends, I am new to Vectorworks BIM function. I came across this problem that I cannot find an elegant way to solve it. 

The wall is make of four layers: concrete, insulation, gap and brickworks. The others stay the same while the brickworks form a pier as shown in the picture. 

I wonder what is the easy and elegant way to model it in wall style?

Is it possible to keep it still as one wall?


Thank you very much for your kindness in advance! 

Screenshot 2019-03-12 at 22.53.07.png

Share this post

Link to post

This is called a "Wall Projection" in Vectorworks Architect. Craw a rectangle over the plan view of the wall that is the size of the inside of your pier. Make sure the rect overlaps your air gap. Select the rectangle and the wall and run the "Create Wall Projection" command. Wrap the brick component on the left and nothing on the right. This creates a Wall Feature object inserted in the wall. You can resize it if you wish by double-clicking it or using the Enter Group command. 

Here are some images of the process:


Screen Shot 2019-03-12 at 9.50.51 PM.png

Screen Shot 2019-03-12 at 9.51.36 PM.png

Screen Shot 2019-03-12 at 9.57.47 PM.png

Screen Shot 2019-03-12 at 9.58.10 PM.png

  • Like 3

Share this post

Link to post

Looking into this as well - drawing on top of a .pdf plan of a venue and the walls are all sorts of different widths - is it possible to do this same function in Spotlight? Thanks in advance.

Share this post

Link to post

Spotlight also has the "Create Wall Projection" command, in the Spotlight:Architectural submenu. Remember, however, that once you create a projection in a wall, you can't then add a door or window in that section of wall. So if you have openings in walls of different thickness, they should be different wall styles.

  • Like 1

Share this post

Link to post

Hi Robert! Thank you for your help. It works!

But I noticed that it will not work at the corner... Do you have any suggestion on how to tackle that? 


Screenshot 2019-03-16 at 15.21.00.png

Share this post

Link to post

The only thing you can do at corners is unjoin the walls, reshape the ends, and patch. Obviously, the wall in which you put the insert is the one overlapping the corner.

Share this post

Link to post

I am not sure what you meant.

but I tried breaking the wall joint. How would you suggest to do the component joints? Cheers!

Screenshot 2019-03-16 at 16.36.41.png

Share this post

Link to post

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Restore formatting

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


7150 Riverwood Drive, Columbia, Maryland 21046, USA   |   Contact Us:   410-290-5114


© 2018 Vectorworks, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Vectorworks, Inc. is part of the Nemetschek Group.

  • Create New...