The faithful reader will know that we produce foamboard models for the majority of our work.
Nothing explains a scheme better than a foamboard model.
And a client understands a foamboard model faster than any drawing; even when the drawings are in 3D as well as 2D.
What I didn’t anticipate however was the importance of the model, to the client that has nothing to do with the design.
This has happened a few times recently that I visit a client’s house and I spot my architectural model.
On a job that hasn’t started on site, my model is a metaphor for hope. My model is the only solid form the client has of what they hope will be granted planning permission and what they dream of building.
I wrote THIS POST in 2011 on why architects make models; Everything in this post is still relevant but what I didn’t understand was the emotional significance that the model provides to the client.