WilkinsonEyre's in-house modelshop has evolved over the last decade into an invaluable resource which forms an integral part of the way we design. Physical models convey and reveal the design intent as well as providing an opportunity to demonstrate an understanding of the brief. All the models we create are designed to effectively communicate the idea or narrative at the core of our work, and are essential in describing our ideas to our clients. Our team of talented craftspeople create effective, well-proportioned objects through the use of state-of-the-art rapid prototyping technology, complemented by more traditional equipment and techniques.
The environment is that of a dedicated lab where we assemble models and build prototypes, the area providing the practice with a full range of model making facilities such as laser cutting CNC milling, vac forming, spraying and finishing, along with traditional woodworking equipment. All of our model makers draw in 3D CAD, designing and checking each component digitally before any material is cut or milled.
Each and every project requires close collaboration between the ‘client’ architect and model maker in order to make the most of the journey. Study and sketch models are an important part of the design process and are a useful tool in establishing the aim and direction for the design. They are often made to respond to specific ideas and tend to be made in softer materials, whereas fully detailed presentation models are usually made in acrylics - or, where appropriate, wood and metal. Continuous care and dedication is needed to agree the appropriate media, scale and lighting for the model to ensure it is fit for purpose, be it presentation, exhibition or competition.
Architectural models take a lot of skill, time and patience to design and build. The models are unique individual works of art and provide an experience for the client different to any other medium. Our models have been exhibited around the world in galleries and museums, including the permanent architecture collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Center for Architecture in New York and the Swiss Architecture Museum in Basel.