Architectural Models…

On the previous post, I have written about architectural presentation boards, and now it’s the time for architectural models…

models usually attract people attention the most due to its 4D appearance and clarity of form in the model. People will always look at the models that are being displayed rather than the presentation boards, to be honest…and hence, it is very crucial to have a nice model too, eventhough you are not to be the future model maker.

Just follow the 20 brilliant ways suggested below:

1. Do not use a lot of materials especially of different colours into the model. Too many colours will destroy the formality of the design. Remember, people are focusing on the model form, not on the colours!

2. Cut properly and neatly. It is good to have accuracy, precision and consistency skills in cutting and building model. Use sharp cutter, scissor ,or any other cutting tools.

3. Use proper glue and suitable glue. Some types of glue are dedicated for sprecific purposes or materials. Do not use the improper one as it will ruin your whole model.

4. Avoid having your hands wet (don’t sweat when doing model) as the water from it will drop accidentally to your precious model, make sure your hands are clean and dry.

5. Don’t be panic. Don’t stress yourself when building model. Have fun on it and your final outcome will be very nice. Don’t scare yourself until your hands are shaking. If it is like this, then it will be very hard for you to continue.

6. Prepare all proper materials for your model making. Remember to have extra materials. Architecture is an expensive field. Try not to save too much in buying materials. Remember the quality and quantity.

7. Make yourself comfortable when doing model. Find a suitable place (on a table or floor), an area that does not disturb the others. Then, you will not be disturbed in return too while you can have better focus in your model making.

8. Detailings of the model have to be good and precisely done. Do not simply put something on it (eventhough detailing is small for some cases, lecturers or clients will look at it too). Hence, do properly on the detailings too.

9. Use small holder to hold certain tiny structure to be put into a small space of your model. Do not straightly use your hands. It iwll be very difficult and dangerous. Your hands are big, so use small holder.

10. It is always good to have sectional model (separated or together) to enable people to have a look at the interior of the model, to feel what the model will looks like when it is being cut off.

11. If your model had slight mistake, try to cover it up. For this one, you have to think yourself on the best way to cover the ugliness. Of course, you have to make sure that in the process of model making, your model is clean and neat.

12. Allocate sufficient time for your model making. Sometimes, model needs not only one day to be finished, depending on the scale of the project. Sometimes, it takes days and up to months. Manage your time properly.

13. No last minute work. Do not ever do your model at last minute. The final outcome would be quite disappointing. Have your final touch up at around this time only to make sure it is presentable on its submission.

14. Do not rush when doing your model. Slow and steady, then your model will very very good.

15. Remember the scale of your model must be the same or almost the same.

16. Try to make your model to be as ‘livable’ as possible. This is up to you to think about it in your model. Creativity comes here. However, no changing of design. You may enhance your model by some lightings, conditions, etc based on the needs of such things.

17. Your model is your precious work. Hence, keep it properly in a box (rigid) when it is not in use. Remember, take pictures of your models (front, rear, left, right, side, sectional, any views) before submitting. (in case if it is lost).

18. Include the site context (like contour, trees, background, etc) into your model. The site context will be directly on the base which will be larger than the model on top.

19. Try to insert some human and car replicas into your model so that people will know the real size of the model when it turns into reality.

20. Try to communicate with the lecturers or clients through the model. Try to make them understand your ideas based directly on the model. For this, you have to think about it too.

Some examples of architectural models:


Impressed by the works above, we can do better than these! These are the examples found from internet, and from different makers. These photos are only for you to refer, no copying of the whole model making.

Models and boards, are perfect combination of your outcome to the lecturers or clients.


11 Responses to “Architectural Models…”

  1. Hi, interesting post. I have been pondering this topic,so thanks for writing. I will certainly be subscribing to your blog.


    • vincentloy Says:

      Thanks for ur comment…
      May i ask where do u come from?
      Actually there is real fantastic in world of architecture, but of course if u wished to become future professional architect, there are a lot of hard works and challenges awaiting u, not trying to scare you, but it’s true, you won’t be sleeping for days just to complete assignments.
      But it is real nice after seeing ur masterpieces after day of hard works…hope u enjoy!

  3. […] a student, vincent managed to summarize the workshop in his blog as well; you can check it here and […]

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  5. The tips are really helpful for beginners lik me 🙂 hope to ge more in d future!!!

  6. I’ve been reading your blog once in a while and decided to reply for the first time, thank you for writing all of this.
    love it!
    קידום אתרים

  7. Very Nice information you have provided here about Architectural Models. Architectural models have their own special techniques and a mandatory expectation of high-quality. Residing mainly in sales suites, these models are scrutinized and admired by most that walk through the doors. In the eyes of the buyer the quality of the product is a direct reflection of the model.

  8. Nice post. There are not so many about architectural modelmaking, I am glad I found this one… keep going.

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