The complexity and detail of an architectural model can vary widely, from highly-conceptual, to realistic, to basic white or timber block work. During the architectural design process white and/or timber block development models can prove to be an unparalleled tool when visualising the positive and negative space of a design, even and especially during its early design stages.
At such an important exploration time in the design process block models such as these can often be made interactive, allowing a demonstration of multiple options within the same surrounding environment. Being able to transfer this method of showing multiple possibilities to a client meeting also brings a different and definitely more memorable experience. Models can often succeed where a 2D images can be found lacking, especially when placed against a high quality, highly-conceptual architectural model, and can make the difference between a winning bid and a failing one.
Sitting in between these two types of model, are realistic models. These tend to be like they ‘say on the tin’ realistic, right down to the lines on the road, and are commonly used within the final stages of the design process.