Glazed Balustrade Made Easy

Ever found yourself getting increasingly frustrated trying to create a glazed balustrade? Yeah me too. This got me thinking of possible work-arounds, one of which is explained below…..

First of all we need to remove the balusters and posts, we are going to keep the top hand rail though. Select the railings and edit the type properties> edit baluster placement.

Set the baluster family to none and un-tick the baluster per tread box. The posts can be left or removed that is upto you. In the first image I have left the posts in.

Next step is to create a new curtain wall type called balustrade. You may need to adjsut the curtain panel offset to place the balustrade in the correct position by editing the type properties of the glazing panel used.

Once you have done this, in plan simply draw your glazed balustrades as you would if you were drawing a secion of curtain wall. Don’t worry about the height, we will come to that next.

Once you have drawn your balustrades in plan, open a 3D view or elevation, select the blaustarde / curtain wall you have just drawn, and from the modify tab, on the mode panel, select edit profile.

You can now sketch the required shape of your blaustrade.

Try experimenting with this workaround, you could try using custom mullions for balusters etc.

  • Andrew Ward

    Thanks for taking the time to comment. Your comment regarding procurement packages is indeed a valid point, this is, however, dependent upon the intended use of the model. With some basic Revit scheduling and filtering, and the use of IFC class overrides, this railing could still be easily assigned to the correct procurement package if material take-off is one of the required BIM uses. It’s worth noting that the intended BIM uses should be agreed and documented prior to the commencement of any work as this will inform the modelling strategy.

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