The purpose of an architectural layout is to show something in three dimensions. This can be a building which will be presented to a customer, to a planning department, to a community or to a designer in order to develop and improve a design. Regardless of the purpose in which architectural models are used, the impact is often striking and immediately attracts attention.

Architecture models show both the details and the context, which are very difficult to achieve in terms of virtual visualizations and are much easier to understand for the beneficiary of the project.

What is an architectural model?

Architectural modeling is the design of real (not virtual) 3D representations of buildings or objects. The models are made on a scale, for example 1: 100, which means they are 100 times smaller than the original, although they could be 1: 1, which is normal or even larger, or for example 8: 1, where the model would be eight times the size of the original.

Architectural Scale Model

Materials and techniques used in architectural models

Materials used to build architectural models include plastic, wood and paper in general. Architectural models can be made using a variety of materials and techniques, based on what the designer likes to use and what best suits the project and budget. No matter what the model will represent, all models start with a set of design drawings.

The designer usually plans a basic structure to which details are added. Most architectural models involve some manual work, although other manufacturing techniques are also used.

Wood is often used as a basic structure for a model. For example, a model will start with a wooden base on which building patterns are glued. Various plastic or wood materials are then used to create the necessary details .

Digital manufacturing techniques such as laser cutting, CNC processing and 3D printing can be used as part of the manufacturing process, they are often used with other handmade materials and components.

Architectural models can be made in different styles. Lights and other electronic features can be used to improve them. A presentation model is most likely to receive a high number of appreciations from the beneficiary if it is equipped with built-in led lights .

The user can easily highlight different parts of the model. Other electronic and interactive features may include motion and motorized parts or can be used with the projected images.