This model is created to demonstrate a new water drainage system. As the water flows through the pipe, vortexes are created which allow waste materials and trash to be collected at the bottom. This is a fairly complex system so LED lighting was installed to trace the water flow through the pipes. Buttons on the back allowed salesmen to guide their clients through and interesting water flow demonstration. This model draws attention to the booth and provides an attractive demonstration at all their trade shows. The model is large enough so that salesmen can point out all the features and demonstrate the ease of collecting gravel or garbage and cleaning out the system.
A key goal of the Aspen Hospital architectural model was developed to establish public buy-in. It’s the only hospital in Aspen, that is a taxpayer-funded project, and needed to be “sold” to the public. Many of our architectural models serve the purpose of buy-in, to the public, to potential buyers, to stakeholders.
The goal of an architectural model is to help stakeholders see the big picture of the final product. The key to evoking this feeling of “being there” is in the details. This model project included many details – flowers, vehicles, painted parking lots, ladders, people and more. In order for a layman to understand the vision, details go along way toward helping sell the project.
Drawings worked on paper, but there were 2 – 3 foot changes that were made clear once the architectural model was built. The model made it apparent they needed to look at certain features. For example, the entire front entry was redesigned after the model was delivered, requiring a modification to the model. The ambulance entry was too small! Architectural scale models allow developers to make major corrections before it’s too late, greatly reducing the potential for cost overruns and redesigns.
The developers added a second wing and adjoining housing—a place for folks to stay while waiting for loved ones to recuperate. The challenge of this architectural scale model and this project was to build around an existing building. Developers had to retrofit new construction around existing. The architectural model allowed them to visualize the myriad details for this type of project.