Why Architectural Model Making is Critical for Success

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Any architect knows that turning your drawings into an architectural model is the very best way to demonstrate your ideas to your clients, local authorities, members of the public and potential residents. It can make a massive difference to your success and brings to life your ideas, showing them in a way that many more people can appreciate and understand.

Not everyone can look at a drawing and visualise what it would look like when built, so for larger scale projects or a more detailed view at what a property will look like, there’s simply no better way. Taking this into consideration, let’s discover some more detail behind why architectural models are so important.

Architectural Models Create a Sense of Scale

Whilst drawings in 3D format can provide a more lifelike view of your ideas, there is nothing like an architectural model to really create a sense of scale. Seeing how the windows fit into a building or how much space there is on a driveway can be highlighted much more effectively this way.

You can also demonstrate the surrounding areas to show how the building will look in amongst the other buildings or green spaces. Gaining a better understanding of aesthetics is important to people and there’s no alternative than seeing a scale version of the finished project.

Creating Detail for Potential Clients and Residents

Architectural models can be as detailed as you need, a drawing doesn’t have the same impact as seeing all the finer detail in all it’s glory. It’s like producing a prototype for manufacturing, it should provide a lifelike version with all the door-knobs, window frames, roof tiles in place. Any great architect will know the level of detail that they need for their model and it can be as basic or as true to life as necessary.

Using Architectural Models for Project Development

With this in mind, you will often see a model evolving, from the basic structure for initial review. It allows changes and amendments to be made, improving the design until it’s finally completed. A model can help an Architect identify areas that simply don’t work well, or allow them to add features, bolder ideas or pare things back depending on the initial response from their clients.

Sometimes these architectural models will have component parts that you can add or take away or even move around to help show alternatives in a way that’s easier to understand and visualise in real life. It means that changes can be more cost effective than having to go back to the drawing board at every stage of the project.

It’s important to remember that these models can be just as useful for the architect as they are for the clients and project investors. They are a component of the design project that should always be included as it can avoid costly mistakes.

Gaining Planning Permission

Architectural models can play a key role in gaining planning permission. Local residents, councillors and the local planning authorities will often want to see models of the project for many of the reasons stated above. They will also be interested in external issues such as parking, road access, utilities, emergency services access as well as environmental aspects, schooling (if residential development), NHS services and no doubt many more.

Architectural models can provide than draft look at the finished project in a way that makes it easy for everyone to visualise whilst enabling improvements and amendments to help meet planning requirements in a cost-effective way.