Revit Architecture: Wall Openings


In the last tutorial we looked at how to create Walls in Revit Architecture. In this tutorial we look at how to make basic openings in them, using the Wall Opening tool.


Unit Agenda

  1. How to create a Wall Opening
  2. Adjusting the Properties of your Wall Openings
  3. When is it appropriate to use this tool?

How to create a Wall Opening


To find the “Wall Opening” tool, switch to the Architecture menu. Once you have done so, you will find a Panel called “Openings”…..


This Panel contains tools for creating Openings in various elements. You need to select the one called “Wall” (see the image above).


At this point I will say that you ca use this tool in a variety of View Types- i.e. Plan views, Elevations, 3D views, etc. For this tutorial, I am going to create the Wall Opening in a Plan View. So with the “Wall Opening” tool now selected I can go ahead and make 2 separate click on an element of Wall (in plan) to define the start and end of the opening. In the image below you can see that the opening is now created.



If we go ahead and switch to a 3D view, we can see our new Wall Opening properly…….



Adjusting the properties of your Wall Openings


Once you have created a basic Wall Opening, you will probably want to play around with it’s Properties. In the case of Wall Opening objects (yes- you can think of the void as an object in its own right), there are very few parameters to adjust and they basically just control the height of the base and top of the Opening.


To adjust the parameters of your Wall Openings, first make sure you have selected it- just hover over one of the edges of the opening and cycle through “nearby objects” by use of the Tab key. When the opening highlights, go ahead and select it with the left mouse button. Once it is selected, you will see it’s parameters in the Properties Palette- see the image above. From here you can now make changes to its Base height (and also any Offset you need to apply to that) and Top height (again, including any offset).

When is it appropriate to use this tool?

I like to think of the Wall Opening tool as a way of creating very quick “rough and ready” apertures in Walls. In practice, I think you’ll end up using this tool very infrequently. In most instances that you need to create an opening in a wall- it is going to be of a pre-determined size- often with associated elements such as a lining around it’s perimeters. A Door for example! So you would end up using a Door Family- which creates the opening at the same time. So in my very humble opinion, I see very few instances when the use of this tool is advantageous over other methods. That aside, I still think it important that you are comfortable with all the basic tools- hence the inclusion of this tutorial.

Key Points

  1. Wall Openings can be thought of as objects, even though they create voids
  2. To select a Wall Opening that you have already created, hover over it’s edge and use the TAB key if necessary
  3. In many cases, a Door or Window family may be a more appropriate solution to creating your aperture in a wall
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