CHICAGO, IL (AIA 2014) - What if making architectural models was easy, fun, cheap -- and clean? What if it they came in kits with pieces you can snap together, pieces that may actually resemble architectural elements (wall, floor and roof panels, roof trusses, columns, windows, more)? What if models would come together without explanation, training, weeks and months of waiting... what if your kid could make them... easy as building blocks?
I know.. why hasn't some one thought of this?
Snap together your next architectural model with a kit from Arckit. Adhesive backed patterns are applied to plain building panels to get color and patterns.
Damien Murtagh has. An architect himself, Damien founded Arckit so that others would be free to explore a design in it's physical form without even so much as computer -- or Lego bricks.
The Arckit may not provide the detail of a professionally crafted laser cut model, but you have to admit it is way more accessible, intuitive and cheaper. There's really nothing in this level of modeling in terms of cost and detail.
Waiting for 3D Printing?
Besotted with technology as I am, you are no doubt imagining 3D computer models turning into 3D prints, though the reality will be a rude awakening. 3D printing can be time consuming (one 3D print vendor says it takes 35-40 hours to process a luxury home CAD model for 3D printing) messy (chemicals, clean up) and expensive materials.
The Arckit is available in 3 "sizes."
- A60 (60 sq meters, or 650 sq ft of floor area), for $165
- A120 (120 sq meters, or 1292 sq ft of floor area), for $315
- A240(240 sq meters, or 5283 sq ft of floor area), for $499
Damien is quite excited about introducing Arckit in the US (Arckit is based in Ireland) and is giving 10% off the prices listed for a few more days and including shipping.
And if you simply must use a computer, Arckit makes its pieces available in SketchUp's 3D Warehouse. You can see what each of the pieces look like and even make whole model onscreen for free. https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/search.html?backendClass=entity&q=ARCKIT
Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye made with Arckit components in SketchUp Warehouse.
To avoid the bland look of Lego models and monochrome 3D print models, Arckit provides several downloadable surface textures and material patterns you can print on self- adhesive sheets they supply with each kit that you can stick on your model. Though an enterprising architect can probably make use of any of the texture maps libraries available and scale the pattern (arckit uses 1:48) and print on their own sheets.
For more information, see http://arckit.com/