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"ARCHITECTURAL MODEL – From imagination to creation" Nikolas Veriopoulos - Mirto Mpirliraki

During our studies at the faculty of Architecture in the National Technical University of Athens, models have had an integral role in our projects.

Central to the architectural creation is the moment of transition of the mental idea to the material world. Architectural models embody the concept of the project and allow architects to express, analyze and develop their thoughts.

The meaning of architectural models varied throughout the different historic periods.  In Ancient times, according to archeological findings, models had a votive character and represented existing buildings. In the Renaissance, Leon Battista Alberti contributed to the widespread use of models in architecture as design tools and means of presentation for architectural competitions. During Modernism, models became a tool for experimentation.

Among all means of representation, the model is the only material three-dimensional realization of the architectural proposal, which after all has a three-dimensional material nature. The concept model is the manifestation of the initial ideas of the architect and contributes to the development of a central idea which is further explored through study models. Presentation models communicate the architectural proposal. The messages models convey are dependant upon their elements of scale, material, colour and abstraction and embody the conscious or subconscious intentions of the architect.

The evolution of digital representation provides competitive possibilities however different from those of the model. The different means of representation are combined in order to improve the design process, though they are just powerful tools for which no instructions manual is required.