VisualARQ Grasshopper Components

VisualARQ Grasshopper Components is an add-on for Grasshopper which allows to create and work with VisualARQ architectural objects inside Grasshopper.

You can create easily the following VisualARQ objects and obtain their information (area, volume, length, etc...):

  • Walls
  • Curtain walls
  • Beams
  • Columns
  • Doors
  • Windows
  • Openings
  • Stairs
  • Railings
  • Slabs
  • Roofs
  • Levels
  • Spaces

Once the VisualARQ geometry is baked, it turns into workable VisualARQ objects inside Rhino. Then you can use the VisualARQ features to create section drawings, floor plans, schedule tables, etc.. and export the full model in IFC file format into BIM platforms such as Revit, ArchiCAD, Tekla, etc...


VisualARQ Grasshopper Components is included in the VisualARQ main installer. Download VisualARQ to use the VisualARQ Grasshopper Components.


  • Rhino 5 SR6 (32 or 64-bit)
  • Grasshopper 0.9.0014 (or later version) (Download)




Support Email: 4FQ.G3HAS@CLSRSHAG1@
Plug-in rating:
Average: 3.6 (21 votes)
Title Release Notes
VisualARQ 1.9.5 (32 bit)
VisualARQ 1.9.5 for Rhino 5 32 bit  
Version: 1.9.5
Language: English
VisualARQ 1.9.5 (64 bit)
VisualARQ 1.9.5 for Rhino 5 64 bit  
Version: 1.9.5
Language: English
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hola saludos! soy nuevo y estoy intentando instalarlo, pero me salta un cartel que me dice que REQUIERE RHINOCEROS 5.0 64 PARA INSTALARSE, lo cual ya tengo el programa instalado!



F.Salla's picture

Hola, VisualARQ requiere Rhino 5 SR6 o posterior. Puede ser que tengas una versión anterior a la SR6? En tal caso debes actualizar Rhino y volver a instalar VisualARQ.


AYN's picture

I want to make wall using contur curves. However, even simple shape, box, it doesn't walk. 

Does not Visualarq support like this case?  


F.Salla's picture

Hi, the curves define the walls path and only work if they are planar. Let me know if it doesn't work and in this case send the .gh and .3dm to


Hey, I'm having a small issue when I bake visualarq geometry from grasshopper to rhino. Whenever I try to bake, everything seems to be working fine but the geometry isn't visible in Rhino. The geometry is then visible whenever I manually draw VisualArq geometry in Rhino (example a wall). Is this a known bug and is there an indication when it will be fixed please?

Love the plugin! :D

F.Salla's picture

Hi Pinapplu,

That's weird. Does it happen with every VisualARQ object you bake? Try to change the Absolute tolerance of your document units in Rhino into a more pricese value. Then select all objects in the model (selAll) and update them (vaUpdate command).

I know it sounds obvious but just in case make sure the geometry is not created in a hidden layer.

If the problem persists, please send me the .3dm and the .gh model to and I will try to figure out what's happening.

Thanks,'s picture

I am still having issues using the software, I am trying to utilize VA in GH and am getting no preview, but even when trying to create a simple wall (one straight line) I get nothing. It is saying "Visual Arq: Regenerating graphics..." in the command line. I am guessing this has something to do with why there is no preview coming out of GH. Please let me know what I can do to aliviate this problem.

F.Salla's picture


Does this happen with every document? or just with a particular one? In that case, please send it to and we will check it out.

Otherwise try to uninstall and install VisualARQ and the VisualARQ Grasshopper Components add-on again. Let me know if the problem persists.

Thanks,'s picture

Problem Solved after reinstall, thanks for the quick reply.

Great improving.

It would be greater if there is some end type config on the slab layer setting.

F.Salla's picture

@Dongle Seon,

Do you mean the option to have wrappings on slab layers?

Yes, exactly. Just like walls.

If so, It would be really easier to hide the sandwich layers of slab even if it can't interact with wall.

F.Salla's picture

Ok, thanks. I'll let you know when we add this feature.

Best regards,

selma bendekkiche's picture

thank you great thing thks


henrikevers's picture


I have trouble installing this plugin.

When I run the installer it pops up with a message: "This plug-in requires VisualARQ 1.8( or later).

I have VisualARQ installed in C:\Program Files\AsuniCAD\VisualARQ 1.8\RHINO5x64

and running on Rhino 5 SR9 64-bit

with Grasshopper 0.9.0076

How do I solve this?



F.Salla's picture


Make sure you are installing the proper VisualARQ Grasshopper Components version (64-bit) corresponding to the Rhino 5 and VisualARQ version you have.


All ready solved,thanx a lot!

hey,guys,i use the latest gh,version.But,when i install the VARQ components,i cannot find it in grasshopper.Anyone knows the reason?

F.Salla's picture

Hi ctctwin, 

You need to have VisualARQ loaded in order to see the VisualARQ tab in Grasshopper. Just close GH, load VisualARQ by typing any VisualARQ command (e.g vaWall) or by opening a new file from a VisualARQ template. Open GH again and the VisualARQ tab should appear then.


hemansson's picture


I followed the advice above but it doesent seem to work.

My components still dont show up...

F.Salla's picture

Hi Hemansson,

We have recently released a new version of the VisualARQ Grasshopper Components (WIP 3), that requires the latest VisualARQ version (1.8.2). Make sure you have that version installed and then download and install the VisualARQ Grasshopper Components. Open Rhino, run a VisualARQ command (in order to load VisualARQ), and open Grasshopper. The VisualARQ tab should appear in the Grasshopper interface. Let me know if it doesn't.


Lalo23's picture

Hi, I've installed the plug in today, so it's supposed to be the new version, but it doesn't works

F.Salla's picture


Try the following steps in order: 

1. Download and install VisualARQ 1.8.2. (Make sure you have Rhino 5 sr6 or later version)

2. Download and install VisualARQ Grasshopper Components, WIP 3.

3. Open Rhino and load VisualARQ (by running any VisualARQ command e.g. _vaWall)

4. Open Grasshopper.

Do the VisualARQ Components show up at GH interface?

Jojo's picture

This plugin is awsome! Thanks for sharing it!
I still didn't have the time to analyse it deeply, but I already have had some issues. Like, when I select a Patch Curve for the beams, it can only be curve, not line. Is that correct or am I using it wrong?


Many Thanks,


Thomas Takeuchi

F.Salla's picture

Hi Thomas, thanks for your kind words.

Beams should be able to be created with any kind of curve (2D and 3D curves, lines, polylines, polycurves, etc...) Please attach an image or the .gh file to in order we can figure out what might be going wrong.


the list of my Wall Style component has just the standart wall type, no can I load them in?
F.Salla's picture
Hi Patric, The wall style component displays the current wall styles existing in the document you are working on. To see the full library of Wall styles, close Grasshopper and start a new document using a VisualARQ template. You can edit or create new wall styles from the Wall Styles dialog box, in VisualARQ (_vaWallStyles command). If you don't want to start a new document, you can generate a .val (VisualARQ library file) from a different document, which contains all object styles (export them with the _vaStylesExport) and import this .val file into the current document (with the _vaStylesImport command). See this tip for more information: Cheers.
ok thanks!

great thing thks 4sharing

hi all :) !! I'm a beginner of Grasshopper and i wanna learn how to use VisualARQ Grasshopper. Is there any usable full tutorial of VisualARQ Grasshopper? pls? Iwanna build a 3D residential building it has 6 level floors,,,:))

F.Salla's picture

Hi Oyumaa,

There is a tutorial in progress in the VisualARQ website, which shows how to work with the VisualARQ Grasshopper Components through simple exercises.
You can find it here:

We will add more content to this page soon.

In addition, you can find the documentation of the VisualARQ Grasshopper Components here:

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