Physical Models :

Rio is passionate about model making and regularly produces cardboard models which we use as design tools. They instantly covey the feel and nature of our design proposals, stimulate debate and enable us to communicate ideas to clients, other consultants, the Planning Authority and the general public. We also find them useful during the construction phase where they are utilised to explain schemes to the contractor’s team.

Models provide a sense of scale and we very often find ourselves at project meetings huddling around a card model rather than the drawings. These basic models, produced in tandem with our 3D capabilities, are purely used as design tools to study massing, solid and void etc. Material and colour choices are tested using our visualisation techniques.

For detailed presentations however, we employ professional model makers. We also work closely with several rapid prototyping companies who produce accurate models from our 3 Dimensional CAD files.
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