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How can BIM Software Bring Classical Polychromy to Life in Architecture?

An often under-utilized component in new classical architecture is polychromy, or the use of multiple colors as part of the overall composition. There are not many examples of new polychromy in the internet, especially from architects using BIM software, which lends itself away from classical architecture due to the number of small complex forms, the extra 3D planes required to form a smooth 3D curve, and the associated file size. Solutions for these challenges are being sought. In the meantime, here is a rudimentary example of polychromy in classical architecture using Archicad, a common BIM software for the Architectural, Engineering, and Construction industry. The materials indicated include limestone, red paint, and gold leaf.



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