Designing a space becomes a very personal task for both the client and the designer. The space created, whether a residential home or a commercial restaurant, becomes a reflection of the client’s wants and needs, and also the designer’s skill set and creativity.
Model making is a technique used by designers to explore the space and the relationship between the proposed built structures. Working alongside 2D drawings, model making allows for a more hands-on approach to the design. This approach means that the designer is able to think about the design in a different way than on a computer screen. This allows the designer to think more conceptually about the shape, the connections and the materiality of the final build.
The model-making process allows the designer to have a complete understanding of the building, often due to the fact some unforeseen errors have been worked through as a result of the model.
As a tool of scale, the model communicates itself and the clear relationship that will be formed between the site and the structure. This is an integral element of all buildings, especially when approaching council for certain development specifications.
Communication becomes the major drawcard for physical model making. Having a physical model allows us to communicate the client the shape, scale and structure intended from the design – some of these features may become glossed over through drawings especially when the client isn’t all too familiar with architectural drawings and detailing. Well-designed models help to bridge communication, answer questions, and solve potential problems. It becomes a communication tool that can transcend language, highlighting the designed work.