Are Completed Drawings Required For An Architectural Model?

The answer to a very common question is NO, you do not have to have completed drawings for us to bid your project. In fact, it is always best to get your model maker involved as early as possible, even in the initial drawing phase of the design. With early involvement, you can get cost estimates to put into your budget and be able to schedule the entire project with completion dates for the plans and the model. It is always helpful to secure a timeframe for your work so that there are no delays in delivery. We have extensive experience and have most likely already built similar projects to the one you are proposing. Cost estimates are often based on extensive past experiences.

When plans are complete, please understand that any changes can have a significant impact on the model itself. We take plans very literally and try not to deviate at all from what we see. The designer is the artist and our job as craftsmen is to fully realize the designer’s vision. If we can see it in the drawings we can build it. Conversely, if the building has an area that the drawings do not show clearly, we will need to ensure we have open communication and come to a consensus. There are always a few clarifications needed between the design and the client We are both working to create a great sales tool and in this phase of the construction everyone needs to communicate clearly.

Special details are also important for your model maker to see. Things like bench details or wrought iron fencing can add beautiful elements to the model so being able to see these types of details in drawings or reference photos is crucial.

Colors are always a challenge to properly match. We can only accept colors as physical samples or color system numbers that we can get samples for. If color chips don’t tell the whole story such as in a variegated stone pattern, a photograph is acceptable as long as it is printed on a piece of paper, approved by the designer and physically mailed to us. Colors CANNOT be sent as email attachments since we mix our colors very precisely and computer monitors and
printers are notorious for altering shade and tone.

We take coloration very seriously. To get final approvals, we will construct a small colored wall section to send to our clients for approvals. This is the moment of final approvals for textures and colors before they are applied to the entire model.

Retirement Home, Interactive 3D Architectural Scale Model

Scale Model of Balfour retirement home, Denver CO

Balfour – Cosmopolitan Club

Downtown Denver’s first upscale senior living center is coming to the historic Riverfront neighborhood in Lodo. This $74 million dollar facility will contain 205 units including 112 independent living, 65 assisted living and 26 memory care suites. We were commissioned to create an 8th inch scale model that was first displayed at an impressive groundbreaking celebration attended by the governor of Colorado, among others, and is now placed in the Balfour – Cosmopolitan Club’s sales center.

Full Three Dimensional Detail

It is used to give prospective tenants an opportunity to see, in full color three dimensional detail, what the facility will look like, what rooms are still available and where their room will be. To this end, 205 individual LEDs were installed (one per unit) and are activated by a control panel hidden in the base of the model. These LEDs can be activated individually to illuminate specific units, in groups to indicate various areas of the complex, or all at once to achieve an impressive all around effect and inviting glow.

Moffat Train Restoration

Part of the plan for the complex is the restoration and use of the historic Moffat train depot building that has been standing on the proposed construction site since 1906. This building will be the centerpiece of the complex and will be used as a community room tying together the two main buildings and bringing together the old and the new. In addition to the Moffat building there are two attractive courtyards, a European-style plaza that enhances the facility’s sophisticated atmosphere, two fountains, one of which is designed to allow your pet to cool off on a hot summer day, graceful entry arches you pass beneath as you drive into the complex, and private balconies with beautiful views of either the mountains or the dynamic city skyline.

A Look Inside the Architectural Model

If one were to peek behind the scenes, on the inside of the model, they would see a complicated honeycomb of individual light boxes served by a network of LED’s and cables that allow for the desired lighting control. In addition, several larger lamps are wired to a single switch that can be activated to illuminate common areas such as the Moffat building and store front areas. Outside the fit, finish and attention to detail is clearly evident. Flowers dot the courtyard planter boxes arranged around tree shaded benches that are protected from the bustling city outside by ornate guard railings. Well appointed Cafes are pleasantly peopled and inviting causing one to imagine lingering over the morning news and a cup of Jo before meeting some friends, taking a swim in the pool or venturing out into the city for a little shopping.

Architectural Scale Models as Sales Tools

The difference between a folder or brochure full of artist’s renderings and computer generated pictures and an illuminated 3D model is immense. When attempting to get people excited about or interested in something that has not been built yet it is of paramount importance that they be able to visualize your dream. That is what we do here at Archetype 3D. We bring your plans, your dreams to life.

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