Architectural model making refers to the creation of an architectural structure to visually translate solutions in design. These models can be created using a variety of materials depending on the purpose for which the model is required.
Samples or sketch models are created to enable the study and understanding of complex designs. Like any other industry or domain, architectural model making also follows certain best practices, do’s and don’ts which are useful to bear in mind, especially for beginners in the field.This will help in avoiding the basic pitfalls that are usually commonplace among inexperienced model makers. You can save the effort of rework, cost of invested materials and other factors that go into building the 3d modeling all over from scratch.
The basic aspect for any business is first determining the purpose of the model and its end objective. A model presents multiple view points to the customer and stakeholders in general. So it is critical to fully comprehend which aspect of the design you are really looking to showcase.
Further, it may not be practical to try and represent every aspect of your design. It could push out the budget and cost of materials and time to build it way more than what you bargained for. Remember that the whole exercise is to enable you to present and sell the final design to prospective customers.
For instance, if you have already decided your color palette, you can create the model with the appropriate materials and apply the different shades. However, exercise caution unless you are sure of the color themes. Otherwise 3d animation, monochrome is always a safe bet.
If it is not executed right, then the whole model can lose that cohesive look you are aiming for. You can be creative in capturing the design you want the customer to view and absorb.
How about creating a sectional model that provides a detailed peek into the interior of the building? Infact, you can use illustrations, drawings, and photographs to add the details and elevate your structure.Another aspect of architectural model making is the perspective of the scale model to the actual size of the building. This should also be considered when building the model.
The decision to build a scale model should be driven by two key factors, namely, the size of the model and the level of detail you want to bring forth. So if the ratio is 1:10, it indicates that the model will be one-tenth of the actual size. The ratio measures the proportion of the model to the real size.
So for large sites, you would probably create only a smaller architectural scale model. The final presentation that ties it up all together should be equally well-thought out. A solid base with a clean finish is critical in delivering the model in its complete form.
Also consider long term application when choosing materials you want to work with. For example, animation perth lime wood is easier to cut or using a foam-board is a much more pliable option.