Drawings and Design, 3D

Shortly after conceptual plans (see previous post Drawings and Design, 2D), three-dimensional schematics begin. The illustrations on this post are a sampling of the physical model and 3D drawings we used to design the Meadow House (click for construction progress). Board, clay, and wood models have been part of architectural design for millennia. These are still useful, but can be time-consuming to make and hard to alter.

Now computer programs such as SketchUp, Revit, and AutoCAD 3D have become industry standards. These softwares add to our design tool kit. They aid in the quick exploration of shapes, volumes, shadows, and materials.

Early schematic computer massing models (below) were used to investigate different roof shapes for the Meadow House project.

Materials and textures add to our understanding of the building.

We can also locate computer models on the landscape by using the very precise coordinates of Google Earth. This allows us to look at the views through windows and from the upper deck of this virtual house.

Virtual models also help us develop the interior spaces and look at them from every angle. Pictured below are the master bath and kitchen.

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