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.

Model helps designers make changes

Good Communication through model making

Not every architectural model project is about sales. Sometimes it is important for company wide communication and design. The TriZetto building is an example of a corporation who understands the value of great communication between executives and the employees.

Presentation model ready for the big event

This healthcare management company needed a new headquarters in Denver. Working closely with their architect Opus Design, we built a small but detailed model of new proposed headquarters in time for the presentation and groundbreaking.

Model helps designers make changes

As is the case in these events, the model became the center piece of the festivities. As an additional benefit the model also aided the architects in their design choices and allowed decisions to be made in a small scale that would have cost dearly to change on the building.

Ghost City – All White Architectural Scale Models

Chicago  finished building a model of the city in all white 3d model of Chicago. Surprisingly, Chicago is a colorful place, but you wouldn’t know it from this display. Modern technology is again allowing us to take short cuts that are not actually improvements. This model was made using 3D printing technology which I use myself and I heartily agree with this choice. 3D printing is great as it builds complicated shapes quickly and cheaply.

With this model, cheaply seems to be the dominant theme. I understand that cost is always a factor but this is a central show piece for the entire city, why make it a ghost town? To me white models do look clean and are great for architecture meetings or design review boards but not for the general public. Color is what gives a model life and creates a miniature reality that the people living there, and who love the city, can relate to. Where are the parks? Where is the cool reflective light from the windows? The only way this mimics the Chicago skyline is in silhouette.

When we created a model of downtown Denver, we captured the character and the life of the city with lighting and color. We don’t live in a white, white world, and there is no good reason it should be modeled that way.

Tell us what you think of the comparison between the white Chicago 3d model and the images below of our downtown Denver model.

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Professional Model Makers

Since 1984, model builders at  Archetype3D have been serving customer 3d scale model needs. We started making 3D architectural models for the Colorado ski industry and for residential developers. Our company grew to include work building models for architects, real estate, land development, industrial design, engineering, sales and marketing, government, trade shows and prototypes. We have gained national recognition as our 3D scale models and prototypes are now exhibited throughout the US.

We pride ourselves on our impeccable customer service. Our attention to detail in understanding the client’s needs gives us the ability to solve problems and guide clients through the maze of traditional and modern model making techniques.

While we excel in the traditional hands-on model making, we can also create and print durable 3D models using our 3D printer, cut precise parts and pieces using our laser cutters and finish the models using many surfaces texturing and painting techniques. We provide lighting and special effects for many clients using motorized components and computer interactivity. From the simplest mass models to the most elaborate sales presentation models,  we provide each customer with excellent service and communication.

Archetype’s staff is composed of college graduates in industrial design, model building, architecture and fine art. They bring together their specialized training in utilizing modern machinery and craftsmanship to create work suited to each client’s goals.

We are committed to staying in the forefront of modern technical and business developments, ensuring our clients receive the best product and service available in the industry.

We look forward to working with you in the near future.

About the Owner
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Marc Costain is a retired Marine Corps officer, pilot, and corporate executive. During his diverse career, Marc served in various operations, leadership, and management roles, always focusing on the achievement of efficient, high-quality results.

Marc is a graduate of UCLA and received his masters degree from the Naval Postgraduate School. He lives in Denver, is married and has three children- one in high school and two at Colorado universities. He and his family are very grateful to have chosen Colorado as home after bouncing around the globe with the Marines and looks forward to many more years of enjoying all the state has to offer.

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