What exactly is architectural model making?

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Have you heard of architectural model making? This service could be useful for real estate investors, property developers and business owners. It provides a number of key benefits. However, before we dive into the advantages it’s important you understand what architectural modeling actually is.

Architectural Modeling Explained

An architectural model is a 3D design that can be used to express the masterplan or the current building design. Essentially, it provides a visual representation of architectural concepts. Be aware that this can be an option at any stage of design.

It typically will show both the physical presence and the scale. A fully 3D replica, this will typically be built at a scale that is a great deal smaller than the actual size.

Often, the models will be built from foam board and card. However, businesses also now tend to use 3D printing technology to create these designs and ensure that they are flawless representations. This also ensures that the models can be created at a faster rate without impacting the quality.

Architectural students will typically be asked to complete a full model at least once before they graduate. As such, it is still considered a key skill for architects.

Model Usages

There are various different usages for this type or architectural model. For instance, it can be used to create a conceptual design. This provides a basic concept of the form and the shape of the development plan. It is by far the most basic option.

Another possibility is the working model. A model like this won’t be seen by the public or a particular client. Instead, it will be used by the architect to work and build up existing ideas.

A presentation model is the third option, and this will be seen by the client. It provides a high level of detail, often including colours, shading as well as the ground layout. It will be made to look as close to the final proposal as possible. But what are some of the benefits of these models?

Benefits of Architectural Models

There is a multitude of benefits provided with this type of models. For instance, a conceptual model ensures that ideas can be explored and viewed in a 3D format. This is fantastic when deciding how to tweak and shift an existing design or perfect an option for a client.

Models like this can also be a great advantage when putting together a marketing campaign. They can provide a crystal-clear representation of what a final development will look like. This can even help secure planning permissions and approvals for a project to move forward.

Furthermore, models like this do provide a certain level of texture and scale. This is difficult to replicate and construct even in the most advanced software systems. As such, it provides a higher level of detail that isn’t quite as accessible through different formats. Clients can also use these models to determine changes to the design that they want made based on the scale representation that they can view.

We hope this helps you understand why architectural models are used and the benefits that they can provide.