The Importance of Architectural Models by Todd Collis / by Sustainable

There are many different approaches a designer can take when creating an architectural model.
Numerous styles and categories depict the message the architect wants to convey. Not only does model making helps the design process but it provides a different understanding that drawings, sketches, and digital models do not provide.

Models make the connection between material and construction at a smaller scale. It can greatly impact the overall result of the design by enabling experimentation with how the materials work together at a fraction of the price and scale.

Model of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater

Model of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater

A fascinating component of architectural design includes the model making process. However, as time goes on, more often than not, the art of creating a physical model is being pushed aside on favour by of digital modelling such as BIM. Physical models allow the connection to be even deeper. A physical model can be easily manipulated and, changed in both expected and unexpected ways evolving the design and allowing the thought process to be deeper. These physical models serve many purpose such as helping the understanding of design. Expression and the designer’s style is portrayed in these models and can act as a tangible object to be proud of. Architectural modelling can often act a lot like LEGO, there is a base or idea that can be built off of allowing endless possibilities to be created. They act as a 3-dimensional sketch that can add value for individuals having trouble who cannot visualize the 2-dimensional drawings or sketches. Giving something to touch and feel makes the connection. Not only does it allow a more interactive understanding but they can look really cool!