Let’s explore how to design a Core & Shell product in Giraffe with this easy step-by-step guide.


Consider Requirements and Assumptions

By the nature of the scale of typical Core & Shell construction, this typology is best reserved for high-density areas. Unlike Podium or Wrap projects, Core & Shell are more often majority office space or hospitality (hotel) than they are purely residential towers, although in some very dense cities the high-rise residential tower may be more common.

It is also helpful to visualize the zoning overlays and parcels on the map for context. Consider loading in Layers that demonstrate neighborhood information. Search your municipality’s open data resources to find applicable layers by Import Non-Native Data.

Giraffe has curated thousands of public data layers, and you can also add your own.

To add layers from the layer library

Create Usages

Giraffe connects the geometry you draw with the data you see through the concept of a Usage.

Usages enable you to compile a database of standards and assumptions. This allows your team to apply the same data to multiple geometries within a project - from giving all the residential buildings the same buildCost to making all annotations blue.