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Marc Costain, President

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Erie CO 80516
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Architectural Scale Models for the U.S. Embassy

Moscow, Russia

Recently, we were asked to create a pair of three dimensional architectural scale models for the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Russia. A new seven story office building is being constructed next to the existing Chancery building and, of course, nothing shows what the compound will look like once the project is completed better than a physical model. You may have hear that the original structure was compromised when we chose to use a Russian work force to build it. Much of the building was turned into a listening device for Moscow. As a result, only American workers were allowed to work on the new building and that included construction of the models.

One of the models is 30th scale and is designed to show the new structure in context by encompassing the entire embassy compound. The second model is 16th scale and is designed as a focus piece, centering on the highly detailed Chancery and New Office Annex, or NOX, buildings while cutting away much of the rest of the compound.

The site of the smaller scale model includes many details such as living quarters for the on site staff, tiered courtyards, glass roofed entry ramps, access gates, and a full compliment of surrounding mass buildings. The elevation change from one end of the site to the other is significant and required us to cut the topo foam for both models here at our facility in Erie, Colorado on a precision room sized, router-equipped pantograph machine. We also used our 3D printing capabilities to grow certain smaller pieces of the model which would have been difficult to create using traditional model making methods. The remainder of the model was cut, either by hand or by using one of our laser cutters, and assembled manually.

The NOX and Chancery buildings exhibit such details as spandrel, glass louvers, intricate mullions, a curved curtain wall, and entry way awnings that are surrounded by courtyards with large planters and intricate etched paver patterns. Despite being a relatively traditional model, in terms of the overall construction, the attention we paid to details such as stone texture, window treatments, fences, and frosted glass makes for a truly impressive finished product.

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.

Ski Passion

Wow, my Hawthorne tree out front has a few yellow leaves on it. It is getting close to the time to watch the Elk bugling and rutting in Rocky Mountain National Park. The local stores have isles of costumes and scary decorations. It must be fall and time to start marketing to the passionate skiing community. I am amazed at the fervor and dedication some people express about skiing.

The first year I came to Colorado I hiked up to St Mary’s Glacier in the middle of July. I was shocked to see hikers, carrying skis, coming down the trail. When I got to the glacier in 80 degree weather, I watched people herringbone up the snow for half an hour in order to experience about 30 seconds of heart jumping skiing.

Passionate skiers going to winter resorts are still going to want to see marketing models this year. I recommend that 3D model requests get sent in as early as possible. I look forward to hearing from our stalwart clients and I am excited about the possibility of attracting some new resort communities to our architectural scale models.

Any resort developers and sales people please comment and let me know how the season is shaping up. There is good news in some sectors and it would be great to hear if you are seeing some heated up activity on the horizon.

Also, if you have any fun ski related stories to share, either contact us or use the comment section at the bottom of this post! We’d love to trade stories with you.

Below are just a few samples of 3D models we have created for ski resort developers:

Here Comes the Sun – A 3D Scientific Scale Model

So we just finished this project. It is a model of the Sun, showing the interior layers (or what we believe them to look like). We built this model for the Space Science Institute and it will be displayed in a traveling exhibit, shown in Libraries around the state of Colorado, and possibly the country. It was a fun, quick project that turned out really well. Just thought you might like to see what we have been up to. Of course we had to add a couple of pics with our model in space!! Enjoy!!

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