Types of Architectural Models

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Architectural models have long been used to portray designs in a way that brings them to life. From basic structures through to scale models with colour and detail. Here we take a look at the different types and how they are used during the process of design.

Initial Concept

Conceptual model making is often the first stage of architectural model making and allows you to examine the design without investing too much time or money. Often made using cheaper materials these types of models are easy to adapt and change making them a useful tool in the initial stages.

Architectural Models for Display

Once a design is finished a presentation version of the model can be created to help communicate ideas to clients, developers or members of the public. You will often see these displayed inside a building once finished. They are more detailed using more robust materials and are an accurate representation of the finished design.

Moving parts

Models which move are often using during the design stage to illustrate the function of the finished piece. They will often mimic the materials that will be used and are much more complicated that the initial concept. Thy will often be constructed so that they can still be changed and manipulated but with a little more effort.

Scale Models

A scale version is an architectural model that is made to accurately represent the dimensions and measurements used in the full-size version. They will usually be fairly detailed and are multipurpose.


Creating Architectural Models

architectural model of townArchitectural models can be created using a range of techniques and materials. At JH May we like to combine the latest technology with traditional skills to obtain the very best result possible. Whether you are seeking a partner to work with you every step of the way or have the drawings in place and are looking for your architectural model to be built, we can help.

Adopting techniques such as CNC machining, laser cutting and rapid prototyping to best utilise them in the production of architectural models we can create amazing results for our clients.

CNC Machining allows us to create 3 dimensional landscapes as well as metal support structures and block form buildings simply and cost effectively. We are able to maximise our laser cutting skills to create details such as facades and floors and 3D printing adds to the effect with multi layer complex designs being produced quickly and efficiently.