Examples of how we are increasingly using models to ensure the design is communicated to all involved.
Early stage ‘plasticine’ models to show basic massing. These are used to demonstrate basic massing relationships and to communicate the design in addition to drawings.
More detailed external/internal models to indicate form and provide information on sunlight to promote passive solar design.
Technical construction models to communicate complex details to client and builder alike. These models are extremely useful in communicating more complex ideas to site. This approach often allows details to be resolved long before a problem is identified.
We provide models to demonstrate how a building responds to the surrounding site, and assess the impact surrounding buildings in relation to scale , overshadowing and privacy. These models are particularly useful during planning applications in sensitive areas.
We use models to demonstrate basic structural concepts for discussion with engineers and clients. This is a particularly useful approach on more complicated extensions that involve the creation of large openings into the extension as demonstrated above.
Although we use models as a basic design tool to visualise, communicate and refine ideas, we are increasing using artist’s impressions to communicate detailed design and the 'feel' of the design, as the design progresses.