We are obsessive fabricators, and every member of our company will spend some time making physical models as part of the design process. Despite our embrace of digital BIM technologies, craft remains fundamental to our methodology, and we have not lost sight of the huge communicative and creative value of the physical model.

The process of making physical models can help all members of the team to engage more directly with a developing design, testing and re-testing it. Models enable us to investigate the scale and intent of a building within its context in a tangible way, rather than resorting to abstract shapemaking on-screen.

A collection of models A crucial part of the design process
Window frame model development Assembling a window
View from afar Articulating the roof
Initial Massing Models Massing progression using the internal programme to push & pull the massing.
Model making Window detail
Arches For Wildernesse restaurant interior roof.
Options testing With models
Apartment layout Models
Options testing
Apartment facade configurations Quick 1:20 foam board tests for dormer forms.
The Facade at Night A model demonstrating the lit up lantern of the new extension.
Aligning Datums A design option testing a full step back on upper floors to align the new parapet with the ridge of the historic neighbouring building.
Facade Cast Exploring the depth of reveal and size of apertures.
Explorative Model Studies Investigating a full range of conceptual site strategies.
Testing Collection
A Collage of Models & Materials
Bay Tests Testing brick, frame, lintel and cornice colour and textures.
Lintels & Mullions Testing the metal window lintel and mullion profiles.
In company