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"RECORD HOUSES '97" CD Offers Virtual Walk-Throughs of Architectural Record's Featured Homes

San Francisco - Budapest -- February 11, 1998

Architectural Record magazine and AEC CAD software developer Graphisoft announce the release of the "Record Houses '97" CD-ROM which offers virtual reality (VR) tours of some of the nation's most exciting homes.

Using state-of-the-art VR technology from Graphisoft's ARCHICAD software, the CD-ROM provides architects and design professionals with a unique perspective of how these Record Houses were designed and built. Guided by videotaped interviews with architects, the CD-ROM features houses recognized in Architectural Record's April 1997 issue. Using 3-D cut away views and panned shots of the neighborhoods in which the houses were built, this broad spectrum of visualization helps viewers gain a full understanding of spatial dimension as well as each architect's intent and vision.

"The Record Houses CD-ROM is a compelling way for architects and anyone interested in architecture to discover not just great design but the design process as well," said David Marlatt, vice president of marketing communications at Graphisoft. "Using ARCHICAD and several different types of media, we were able to create an in-depth look at the houses, the architects and their approach to design."

Architectural Record is the industry's only publication to utilize a "virtual reality" approach to showcasing their most-read and anticipated issue of the year.

"Working closely with Graphisoft, Architectural Record has produced an innovative way to put our readers inside the 1997 Record Houses," said Karen Stein, managing senior editor of Architectural Record. "The 1997 Record Houses CD-ROM brings our publication's pages to life by letting our readers get as close as they can come to the winning projects without physically making the trip to each site."

The houses featured on the CD-ROM include:

  • weekend retreat near Memphis overlooking the Tennessee River which was designed by Samuel Mockbee of Canton, Mississippi and Coleman Coker of Memphis;

  • new town house on Manhattan's Upper East Side by New York City architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien; Rick Joy's artist studios in Tucson's historic barrio district;

  • family home on Chicago's North Side by Krueck and Sexton; Morphosis' interlock of landscape and building for a Santa Barbara home;

  • modern mansion tucked into a rural New Jersey hillside by Clark Stevens and Michael Rotondi of the Los Angeles-based RoTo Architects;

  • the ultimate retreat on a tiny island off the coast of Maine designed for, and by, New York City architect Susan Rodriguez.

    The Record Houses CD-ROM '97 is available for $24.95. To order contact: Architectural Record at (212) 512-4635.

    Now in its 107th year, Architectural Record is the essential, must-read publication for the architectural and design professional. Architectural Record is at the forefront of the industry, providing readers with essential information on design, business practices and technology. Architectural Record is part of the McGraw-Hill Construction Information Group, a powerful network of brands, which also includes Engineering News-Record, F.W. Dodge and Sweet's Group.

    Graphisoft is a leading provider of computer-aided design (CAD) software solutions for the architectural profession and the building industry. Founded in 1982, Graphisoft is ranked today among the largest AEC CAD software developers in the world, with 12 offices all over the world in addition to its headquarters. Graphisoft's flagship product, ARCHICAD, is used by more than 75,000 architects worldwide and distributed in 25 languages and 80 countries. Shares of Graphisoft are traded on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange Neuer Markt under the symbol GPH. More information about Graphisoft is available at

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