5 tips to make a good architectural model ideas and tips

Posted by Rajesh Patel on September 24th, 2019

As progress is made in studies and professional work, it is possible to buy better materials, waste less and save some money. However, it is necessary to think that "practice makes perfect" and that all that is needed is a lot of practice, a lot of patience and a lot of love for a project.

Like the sketches and notes, the models are also part of the architectural design phase, and there are two types of models: presentation - the one that the client sees - and the study model - which serves to define the shape during the design process. Even though we are currently experiencing the rise of the digital world, many professionals prefer to resort to the traditional model, since with the use of three-dimensional computer-assisted models, the human scale is lost.

Before you start building your next architectural model, you will need to know your way of working, since each architect is different. Organizing your time is the key to achieving a satisfactory result:

It is best to have a clear idea of ​​how you want to make your model. Making a sketch of how your project is will help you not to take false steps; it will also be good to experiment with different materials and decide which one is the most suitable for your project.

Ordering the stages of making your model will save you a lot of headaches and stress. The most advisable thing is to designate a specific day to carry out each task and leave a little extra time to serve as a “mattress”, in case something does not go as planned.

Purchase of materials

Sketch making

Cutting and pasting the project

Atmosphere and final details

Get advice with a partner or teacher who masters the technique of making models, surely they can give you tips and advice to be much more productive and be able to make your models more easily and quickly. Architecture is a discipline that demands a multi-relationship with different types of people with different qualities.

If you plan to use a laser cutting service, we recommend that you know what days the business will open, how much demand they have and when they could have your work ready.

Finally, if your model has large dimensions, you must be very clear how you will transport it. It may be useful to know that a standard car can store a model of less than 80 cm high, so you should anticipate if you will build it near the place of delivery, or if you can get a larger vehicle to transport it.

It is common for presentation models to be exterior models that sometimes have interior details, with furniture and people. The amount of details that carry this type of model forces us to make them quite large, so that the details are better appreciated and their manufacturing is less complicated.

3D printing technology allows real models to be obtained from the data of a virtual model in 3D CAD, and has revolutionized the world of model making, since the final model can be obtained in hours instead of weeks. 3D printers use a mixture of binder and composite to make the model (or parts) directly in color. There are different post-processing systems (wax bath, adhesives, etc.) that allow obtaining different finishes (harder, shiny, or rougher). However, the use of technology or traditional techniques depends more on the taste - and budget - of the designer. Finally ACP sheets and PVC foam boards are most used material for your building designs and renovation.

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