Sometimes the only way to really know what is in your architects mind is to see a physical scale model. Computer models are good and the pictures that they take are great for material finishes but to get a really good idea of how the building works a physical model is the only way to go!
They can take longer than computer models, this one of Pippa’s House took me about 3 days, but it was so much to fun to make and it even solves or clarifies some of the issues I was trying to resolve with drawings.
Pippa’s House is currently finished advertising at town planning so I am hoping to be able to start detailing it soon. If you are interested in comparing how the 3D physical model compares to the 3D computer model check out the link to the clip of Pippa’s House on You Tube; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNKTf0z8LcE
Pippas house is built around a PIPPA logo created for our beautiful little girl who has now left us. The rooms we will live in look out at the logo which are in the form of garden beds and part of the pool, and which eventually lead into the house and up the circular staircase.
The house wraps around the logo as if cuddling Pippa forever. She will always be part of our lives.
The big glass windows look over the pool and also beyond to the view of the paddocks and of the Macedon Ranges.
The big sweeping curved block walls recreate the movement of the swishing in the surrounding grasslands whist the large translucent wall to the south represents the stop where the grasslands meet the main road on which we are situated.
The project has a number of sustainable features including the use of energy bricks which have a R value of +8, double glazed windows, concrete thermal mass flooring and geothermal hydraulic heating throughout.
We cannot wait to be finished and moved in and being able to look out at our Pippa, but we are looking forward to continuing with this design and building process too- the Model helps to make it feel just that bit more real!
If you ever plan to use an Architect to help with the design of your house consider having a model created as it is the best way of visualising what your house/building will be like!