PHYSICAL & DIGITAL MODELLING

At DLM Architects there is nothing we love more than a good model.
Getting hand’s on and engaging in physical model making is an invaluable tool that we use to investigate and test our ideas. It is a integral part of our design process, and is usefull at every stage, from testing simple concepts, to communicating more developed schemes.

By making physical models, we are able to bring our ideas out of the ‘2D’ – of sketches and drawings, and into a three-dimensional form. This is typically much easier to understand, and will often allow us to take a different point of view on an idea, highlighting things which are not as clear on paper.

Finally a physical model is one of the most communication tools at our disposal; not everybody is able to read plans fluently, but nearly everyone will have an innate understanding of proposal when it is committed to physical form. This is effective for demonstrating ideas and principles to clients, planners, consultants and contractors, and really helps to open up a discussion.

Another tool at our disposal is the use of digital models. By producing a three dimensional digital model we are able to quickly test and iterate our ideas, at every stage of the design, from loose massing concepts, to specific interior design.

Digital modelling also opens up the world of Architectural visual visualisation. The basic principle is using the digital model to produce a ‘photograph’ of our proposal. We are able to construct a scene digitally, or superimpose onto a real photograph. The later is particularly useful for example when demonstrating how an extension might look on an existing building.

Architectural visualisation allows us to experiment with different material options, furnishings, and conduct accurate and realising daylight simulations for any given scheme. We use this as an essential part of our process as we refine a design.