• Stanley Beaman & Sears

    Atlanta History Center Design Competition

    Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Project Summary

The existing space to be renovated in the Atlanta History Center included a series of dated, darkened galleries and undersized public areas. Stanley Beaman & Sears’ design solution was one embedded in metaphor requiring a ceiling that would embody the form of a bird’s wings as it takes flight, surging in rhythmic progression from one end of the building to the other. To manifest this unique concept, the team needed parametric modeling software to model and study form, light, and space to determine the architectural structure, and ultimately create a life-like rendering.

Integrating Bentley technologies, Stanley Beaman & Sears modeled the museum structure as a light-filled space featuring a wave ceiling panel system that united the lobby, exhibition galleries, and overlook space. To accommodate the complex ceiling design, it relied on Bentley GenerativeComponents for parametric modeling to test and refine the sectional panelized system. The flexibility and interoperability of Bentley software enabled Stanley Beaman & Sears to share files from the 3D information model with its fabrication shop to build the physical-scale model required as part of the competition.

Using Bentley software, Stanley Beaman & Sears manifested a highly innovative concept conceived via creating an accurate model, with panelized solutions, within the boundaries of an existing building to be renovated. GenerativeComponents streamlined the design process to reach an innovative solution, saving staffing hours and money. Bentley technology facilitated the time and money saving method of exporting 2D drawings from the model to a computer numerically controlled (CNC) router at the fabrication shop to produce a physical model as precise and intricate as the computer model.

Stanley Beaman & Sears credits the successful execution of this complex project to the parametric design, automated 3D modeling and photo-realistic rendering provided by Bentley solutions.  GenerativeComponents allowed the team to shape the gently swooping ceiling forms using sectional panels. MicroStation and Bentley Architecture (now AECOsim Building Designer) were used to draw and model the existing space and the proposed remodel. MicroStation’s Luxology rendering engine was used for all visualizations and renderings key to developing the physical-scale model.
  • Bentley’s flexible, integrated, and interoperable software enabled Stanley Beaman & Sears to bring its metaphorical concept to life with a 3D computer model and life-size rendering of a light-filled space with a dynamic wing-like ceiling flanked by bright, freshly renovated galleries.
  • To form the wave ceiling panel system within the confines of the museum structure to be renovated, the team relied on the parametric design capabilities in GenerativeComponents.
  • With a streamlined and quickly reactive design process, GenerativeComponents saved Stanley Beaman & Sears staffing hours and money in achieving an innovative design solution.