Embarking on a degree in Architecture? if you are then you will need to develop your sketch modelling skills.
Models are divided into two main categories : the sketch/concept (sometimes also called study) model and the presentation model.
The sketch/study model enables you to study, visualise and understand the space in 3D because it looks more real than pen and paper sketches.
These models are made of cheap materials and help you work out your design ideas. They are only used during the initial phase of study.
Sketch models can be made of a variety of materials which you choose for their suitability to represent your design.
Our guide to Finnboard modelling (2Mb PDF)
Our guide to foamboard modelling (1.4Mb PDF)
Our Guide to KAPA line modelling 2.8Mb PDF.
Our guide to styrene modelling 1.4Mb PDF.
These items have been picked by the B15 workshop at Manchester School of Architecture to their first year students.
Essential to protect your surfaces and give you an even surface to cut on. Always keep your cutting mat clean, especially from glue.
Replace the blades regularly especially when cutting foamboard.
Dispose using a sharps bin
For measuring and cutting against. Has a shallow indentation to keep fingers firm and safe on the rule when marking or cutting.
Solid steel stock with hardened, tempered and finely polished blade.
For measuring accurate right angles.
A good general purpose masking tape you will find useful for many different applications.
Easy to unwind and tear.
Strong plastic tape with high tack.
Easy peel and easy tear. 50m roll.
Fast tack glue is an all purpose adhesive that dries clear & is flexible.
It is a very sticky glue for a fast hold, ideal for card sketch modelling.
Architectural Modelmaking Guides (16Mb PDF)
We have gathered all the model making guides pertinent to architecture together into a single booklet.
You will also find further information on tools and architectural model making products.
Model Making: Material and Methods
by David Neat
Models can be used in a wide variety of situations, including theatre production, architecture design, animation, and set design. For each different situation a specific material is often preferable, and this handy guide addresses the best model-making materials.
Architectural Model Making
by Nick Dunn
Focuses on the inspiring possibilities for modelling the built environment. In describing the use of different models in different contexts, this book provides a practical guide to how and why models are used, and what they are used for.
Model Making for Architecture
by Matt Driscoll
Explains the role of the model within the architectural and planning process. With practical instruction throughout, it is an invaluable tool both for the model maker and for the architect seeking to commission a model of their building.