By John Flanagan
In Revit Architecture there are two handy tools designed for adding decorative details to walls. The Sweep tool will add material to a wall, and the Reveal tool will subtract material from a wall. Both tools can be found on the Wall drop-down button. In this blog we will concentrate on the reveal tool.
Use the Wall Reveal tool to add a decorative horizontal or vertical cut-out to a wall in an elevation or 3D view.
- Open a 3D or non-parallel elevation view.
- Click Architecture tab > Build panel > Wall drop-down > (Wall: Reveal).
- In the Type Selector, select the desired type of wall reveal.
- Click Modify | Place Wall Reveal > Placement panel, and select the orientation of the wall reveal: Horizontal or Vertical.
- Place the cursor over the wall to highlight the wall reveal location. Click to place the reveal.
- Add the reveal to adjacent walls if needed.
- Revit preselects the reveal location on each adjacent wall.
- To finish placing wall reveals, click in the view away from the wall.
Two versions of a modern office entrance are shown in the image above. The image on the left has plain flat walls, the image on the right has panelled walls. Using reveals to create this panelled effect greatly enhances the appearance of the entrance model that I am currently working on. Remember that you can create your own reveal profiles by using the metric profile family template. Go to File > New > Family > Metric Profile.