ArchiCAD Features


ARCHICAD 23 enables architects to model faster and create accurate construction details and quantity estimations for reinforced concrete, complex steel, timber, and composite beams and columns. Complex columns, curved and haunched beams can now be modeled and documented to meet graphic and representation standards. Beams and columns can be displayed using various projected and symbolic views and cover fills.

Re-engineered Column, and Beam tools

Coordination Voids, Niches and Recesses

ARCHICAD 23 introduces a new Opening tool dedicated to model and coordinate project design voids, recesses and niches — as horizontal, vertical or slanted openings across elements, element groups or even across stories. Such openings are important for project coordination as they are equally relevant for architects, engineers and consultants and must be documented by architects and by engineers. Openings can be modeled, scheduled, and documented using intuitive tools, and shared using open IFC standards.


Renewed Solibri connection ARCHICAD 23 enables seamless code- and constructability checking at any stage of the design. The updated add-on automatically detects and sends only those elements that are changed in the ARCHICAD model, resulting in faster round-trip collaboration.

Work smarter not harder

Enhanced dRofus connection ARCHICAD 23 allows architects to capture and organize client planning requirements and use these to validate and propose design alternatives. The dRofus database enables designers to collect and handle planning rules and design data with ease, even when working on large and complex projects, like hospitals, airports and universities.

Work smarter not harder

Rhino-Grasshopper-ARCHICAD live connection The new Grasshopper Deconstruct Component can be used to extract ARCHICAD element surface data as a design reference. With the help of this function, changes to the core design scheme in BIM will automatically update all linked design details generated via design algorithms in Grasshopper.

Work smarter not harder

Performance Faster response times

ARCHICAD 23 puts a special emphasis on offering an uninterrupted flow starting from launching the software, accessing project data and navigating one’s way through the Building Information Model. This is achieved through a combination of raw performance optimization, streamlined workflows and reduced file sizes.

Productivity Enhancements
  • User Interface Enhancements

    Shell and Morph Input Dialogs are simplified and icons help users to identify input fields. The Info Box panels of the Zone and Label tools are updated; Geometry- and Construction Methods can be displayed separately. Sunlight Settings provide live feedback about the cast- and self shadows, while Sun Study animations can be displayed with customizable date and time options, and location stamp.
  • New CineRender Engine

    The new CineRender (R20) engine developed by Maxon allows quicker and cleaner rendering results, while the completely renewed, built-in Surface Catalog provides real reflections, with modernized textures.
  • Attribute Management

    Surfaces with missing textures are indicated with a red texture icon; users also have the ability to sort attributes by missing textures.
  • View Settings Update

    A unique identifier is used to rename the View Settings. Renaming the Layer Combinations, MVOs, Pen Sets, Renovation Filters, Graphic Override Combinations or 3D Styles no longer go missing.
  • Text Label Pointer Lines Options

    A Text Label pointer line can now be attached exactly where it is needed: connected to the box or to the top/bottom text row; connected to the top, middle or bottom of the text box; or extended to underline the text.
  • Curtain Wall Enhancement

    The new Curtain Wall enhancements include various options for a fixed window or louver sash. The Curtain Wall Profiled Edge Panels can now be moved to any position in the composite panel – even to the profile origin.
  • Integrated Software Key Activation & Deactivation

    Automatic Software Key Activation and Manual Deactivation are now seamlessly integrated. If ARCHICAD can’t find the right software key locally or on the network at startup, and the User is logged in to ARCHICAD with a valid GSID, the appropriate software key will be automatically acquired. The software key can be retrieved from the Help menu at any time.