Architectural Model Uses

What is your model going to be used for?  Knowing the use of the model helps us visualize the final product while we are discussing the details. Often, the simpler models will get the needed points across without every detail displayed, and at a much lower cost. We need to know who the audience and what they are looking for.

Mass Models
One great example of the use of a mass model is for a design review board meeting. Perhaps all they are interested in the relative heights of the surrounding structures. This is something that is very hard to convincingly convey in an animation or rendering. A model showing nothing but the building masses will instantly demonstrate the issues and allow the right questions to be asked. Mass models are also used for internal design reviews and study. Going over a project with a client during the design process can be challenging if your client has trouble visualizing based on drawings. A quick and relatively inexpensive model can save valuable time and instantly resolve any elements that are in question.

It is a completely different story when bringing a model before the public. When you have an audience that is looking buy, it is good to show every element that can help sell your concept. At that point, a DETAILED MODEL is what you may need.

Detailed Models
The public can be very literal. When they see a model the brain sometimes translates it into a very small reality.

Any questionable elements become issues. A detailed or “realistic” model shows every design element and color in an accurate fashion. When selling to the public, you can never know what elements will close the deal. Perhaps it is the location of the swimming pool or the view from the balcony or access to retail space. Including all of the important marketing highlights of the model is essential to successful sales.

There is room in-between these two extremes. With careful planning, we can work with you to create what we call a Semi-Detailed model.

Semi-Detailed Models
Often the premium sales tools are desired but the budget just isn’t there to afford that kind of work. We often bida project as a full detailed model only to find out that we need to make compromises to hit the numbers. Your model maker can guide you to areas that can be simplified without completely losing the character of the model. Perhaps instead of clear reflective windows, we make them from a grey opaque material saving us a layer of information. Perhaps the textures of the brick or siding are not as critical as the color, eliminating another layer and saving us more time in construction. These choices must be carefully selected and written out specifically in the bid so that everyone is on the same page and understands what the finished product will look like.

2. What size will your model be?
Don’t worry about the scale of the model at this point, just think about the size. Points to consider when picking a size include: Where is the model going to live? Will it be in the same place for the entire sales cycle or will it be moved? Will your audience come to the model or do you have to bring the model to a trade show or boardroom for the presentations?

Answering these questions will help to put an overall size on the physical model and determine the type of case needed for shipping and presentations.

Some models, like this one that we did for the Presidio in San Francisco, needed to be large for a showroom but sections of the development also needed to be taken to individual meetings. The solution was a four-part model with each section shipped in easy-to-handle, rolling cases that are light enough to be taken to meetings. After the meeting, the section could be reassembled and locked together. If the model is being displayed in a showroom or trade show, a heavy wooden case with pallet skids is more appropriate for safe travel. We have also built models that fit in a small suitcase-sized case to be carried onto an airplane for safe travel around the country.


Building 3D Models for Hospital Architecture Design and Planning

Archetype3D® can partner with you in designing and building your hospital model.

The goal of any architectural model is to help stakeholders see the clear picture of the final product. Architectural Models that we design allow developers to make corrections on right time thus reducing the potential for costly overruns and redesigns. We estimate that up to 25% of our model making work involves helping architects and developers with the active creation of the finished product.

Designing the best hospitals

Hospitals are the most complex of building types because they provide a wide range of services and are made up of many functional units. While designing the architectural models for hospitals the most crucial thing is to utilize the space fully so that all functions may run smoothly. However, we have experts that understand the basic elements of designing while leaving pace for incorporating the tenets of the modern day architecture.

The design of the model we create is such that the clients can also spot the imperfections if any and then changes are made immediately. While taking any construction project in hands our professionals take full responsibility for the design and construction, resulting in a smooth experience for both developers and stakeholders.

Help from the experts

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. Our professionals are always ready to guide you to in the right direction. Whether you want to know about our services or already working with us we are always ready to answer your queries.

Establishing Public Buy-In

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...

The Importance of Details

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...

Make Room For The Ambulances

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...

Retrofit Around Existing Structure

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....

Corrections On The Fly

Archetype 3D worked with the architect to make corrections to the grading on the fly. We estimate that up to 25%  of our architectural model making work involves helping architects and developers with the active creation...

Major Redesign Of An Active Building

This architectural model was a major design to an existing hospital. A key goal of the project was to mitigate any misgivings among clients regarding the negatives of construction. Our 3D scale model helped them visualize the end goal, making...

Nothing to This Stuff: Expecting the Unexpected when Building Architectural Models

Model making is an easy job. We get a set of plans from an architect or designer and we decide on a strategy and we start building until it exists. Assuming you have the skills to build, the knowledge of materials, the ability to visualize the final product and the willingness to experiment to solve problems, anyone can do this. The only real wild card is the designer. Your deadline and his are usually about the same time. You are not going to get your model done before your deadline, why should he? You’re going to find better ways to build the model as you progress and he is going to figure out better design features while you’re building it. Stay on your toes and expect the unexpected and everything will be fine. Here are a couple of fun model examples which experienced some crazy changes along the way.

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