Week 11 Post

Why are scaled models an essential tool and technique in your design process as future architects?

As an avid scale model enthusiast, it is only through testing your design in scale models that the interrelation between spaces, plan and section can be truly understood.

Through building my first model, I was analysing the building form in relation to the flat land space available on the site and how the shape reflects the site. Also whether aspects need to be changed in relation to elements of the site.

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In my second model, I analysed the sites landscape. As the site has quite a slope towards the river, I felt that by flattening out the play spaces with only designed contours this created a greater sense of visibility and safety. Whilst there is still a level of controlled risk, with a hill that can be slid/rolled down or climbed through. It also increased the amount of accessibility throughout the site, and increased the effects of way finding through visual cues.

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In the final model, the notion of shading and technical feasibility was analysed. By streamlining the roof, this reduced the level of maintenance needed, by reducing the amount of collected leaf litter on the roof. As the site is situated in Queensland a subtropical environment. Sun exposure is a real issue, especially in outdoor play. Despite the level of vegetation around the building, by adding visually interesting shade structures this utilises visual cues to direct circulation through the site.

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