The Comprehensive Guide to Modelmaking in the Architectural Design Process

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At SHL, our model workshop plays a vital role in the architectural design process, from the initial stages to the final presentation and beyond. We believe in the power of physical models to enhance our understanding of spatial elements and effectively communicate our designs to clients. By utilising the workshop throughout the project, we ensure thorough exploration of designs, effective communication with clients, and meticulous refinement of every detail. The workshop serves as a dynamic hub where ideas are transformed into tangible models, enhancing the design process and enabling successful project outcomes.

Let's explore how our model workshop aids the design process from A to Z:
Modelmaking in the Architectural Design Process
Modelmaking in the Architectural Design Process

Initial Sketch Models:

At the beginning of a project, we utilize sketch models to explore and understand the spatial elements and design concepts. These models are often quick and simple, created using materials such as foam, card and plastic 3D prints. They help us visualize and test different ideas, allowing us to refine and iterate on the design.

Sketch models invite collaboration, constructive criticism and problem solving amongst the team. They are a tangible aid used to help to develop ideas during the design process.

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Site Models:

Site models are essential for understanding the context and integration of our designs within their surroundings. Our model workshop creates accurate and detailed site models that depict the existing topography, nearby buildings, and other relevant site features. These models assist in analyzing the site's impact on the design, studying solar orientation, and assessing the project's relationship with its surroundings.

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Competition Models: 

When participating in architectural competitions, our model workshop becomes a vital tool for communicating our design to the client or jury. Competition models are typically more detailed and refined, showcasing the key architectural features, massing, and overall design intent. These models help the client or jury visualize the project and understand its potential impact.

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Detailed Facade Studies:

As the design progresses, our model workshop assists in conducting detailed facade studies. We create precise and intricate models that focus on specific architectural elements, materials, and finishes. These models allow us to analyze the visual impact of different facade treatments, study light and shadow effects, and refine the design to achieve the desired aesthetic and performance.

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Mock-up Elements:

In certain projects, especially those with complex or unique features, our model workshop creates mock-up elements to test and validate design ideas before implementation. These mock-ups may include small-scale prototypes of building components, material samples, or even full-scale sections. By physically assessing these elements, we can ensure that the design meets functional requirements, addresses technical challenges, and aligns with the client's expectations.

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Models for Exhibition: 

Our model workshop also caters to the creation of models specifically designed for exhibitions or public displays. These models are meticulously crafted to engage and captivate viewers, highlighting the unique design aspects, innovative concepts, and significant architectural features. Models for exhibition serve as powerful visual tools to communicate our design philosophy and attract attention to our projects.

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