Designing a Small Studio – Building a Study Model (Part 5)

In this video I discuss the benefits of building a small scale, physical study model using the reference project I’ve been designing: my studio building.

Computer models are excellent tools, but simple cardboard models allow real-time manipulation of forms and the development of ideas that don’t always present themselves when working in a digital environment.

For me, model building has always been a part of the design process. They help:
1) To study building forms and spaces.
2) For real-time solar studies.
3) With envisioning scale of elements as they relate to the human form.
4) Allow one to explore a variety of material and color options, quickly and easily.
5) One can quickly flesh out ideas in much the same way a hand sketch might, however, model construction uniquely forces you to make decisions about building elements that sketching doesn’t.

Future videos will describe sketchy model building hacks and tactics to more quickly build a useful avatar for your architectural project.

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  1. levosz123
    August 22, 2015

    Awesome! I have never done any models as i didnt know it has so much to reveal. Thanks 🙂

  2. in5omniac
    August 22, 2015

    You are going to need more windows!

  3. jame5j
    August 23, 2015

    Hi Eric. Great series, really enjoying seeing your process. Was wondering about your laser cutter, what model is is? How do you find it? Thanks.

  4. softminimal1
    August 25, 2015

    I think you need to take away the centre frame, just looks wrong to me cutting the entry & the slot window in half.
    I also love the large commercial exterior sliding door that you had up first.
    Hope we are going to see the build as well.

  5. 30X40 Design Workshop
    August 27, 2015

    @jame5j – thanks for watching. My laser cutter is a 5th gen, 40W from Full Spectrum Laser. It works well for my purposes (cutting paper, basswood, chipboard, acrylic)…it's not powerful enough to do thicker plywoods which is fine b/c the cutting area is 12"x18". The base is removable and could be used to etch or carve larger pieces in-situ. Shoot me an e-mail if you have any other questions…

  6. Tiago Ferrari
    September 10, 2016

    hello my friend really like your channel , and I have always followed , I wonder what materials you use to make your model w

  7. Epic Army Of One
    February 16, 2017

    so it's a lot like Lego

    May 1, 2017

    Ótimo 👍👍👍👍

  9. Ti mico
    June 17, 2017

    This channel became my favourite. Thanks for the advices, this was really helpful.

  10. salman yusuf
    July 7, 2017

    can u duplicate that in 3d the model u made

  11. Tony Stencel
    August 26, 2017

    I wish I had you as an instructor during my art school days. My math ability, or lack there of, steered me in the direction of a 4 year art school and interior design. Ended up in exhibit design. Your design vocabulary is impeccable, as is your visual talent – well done.

  12. siddhant Ullal
    September 29, 2017

    great video!! really wonderful channel you got there. i find it really very helpful as an architecture student. Keep up the awesome work.

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