Make Workshop

We believe that architectural models play an important role in enabling the way we think, understand and communicate ideas as architects and designers. We explore novel ways of making objects, through diverse and considered materials. Our approach is a collaborative one. Our studio is an extension of your practice; a space where together we can explore ideas, test concepts and use materials to engage the audiences of outstanding architectural design.

  • DA Models

    White 3d Printed DA Model for Woollahra Council at 1:200 for Stafford

    Make Models produces a range of high quality DA models for development applications throughout Australia. With a 100% success rate in successful model lodgements, our high level of accuracy, detail and adherence to critical deadlines have helped many architects, developers and their clients achieve approvals from Australian councils. We have had our models accepted with most councils accepting submissions in Australia including but not limited to City of Sydney Council, Woollahra Council, Waverley Council, North Sydney Council, Inner West, Bayside Council, Randwick Council, Sutherland Council, Mosman Council ,Rockdale Council, Bankstown Council, Parramatta Council and others.

    Download a DA Model info pack to take to your next meeting here

    Download our export guide here

     

    • What councils have you worked with?

      We have had 100% success rate of model acceptance with all councils accepting submissions in Australia including but not limited to City of Sydney Council, Woollahra Council, Waverley Council, North Sydney Council, Inner West, Bayside Council, Randwick Council, Sutherland Council, Mosman Council ,Rockdale Council, Bankstown Council, Parramatta Council and others.

    • What do you need to quote a DA model?

      The more information you provide, the faster and more accurate our price estimate can be for you and your clients. Typically the best will be an export of a 3D model if working any CAD packages. Alternatively a drawing set in DWG and PDF format can also assist, but please let us know if you are or aren’t supplying a 3D model to build from as the process is a little different.

    • What is the lead time and cost?

      For a price, please get in touch with the above information so that we can accurately supply a cost. As each model is a bespoke construction we like to offer a custom pricing for you and your clients. Typically a DA model can take anywhere between 1-2 weeks or 2-3 weeks depending on factors including the nature of the design, scale of the build and the lead time stipulated with your quote request.

    • Can you start work if my design may change?

      We don’t recommend starting until a design freeze/approval has taken place to avoid unforeseen costs in potentially remaking elements. We understand that deadline pressure may insist on starting or that sometimes things do change. Ways to avoid excess charges would be to section out what areas of the design will and won’t change so that we can accommodate for information to arrive later.

    • What options are there for materials?

      We find that most councils accept an all-white aesthetic where the base, landscape, context buildings and proposed buildings are all white (with the exception of City Of Sydney DA submissions). We offer both timber and plastic topography / bases which can both be painted white or grey depending on the DA requirements. Landscape and foliage can be natural or man made depending on the desired aesthetic and also can be painted to a particular tone and colour. Display lids are clear to allow for easy viewing and our plaques can be custom and unique to your studio styling if preffered.

    • What types of files and informaton do I need to send you to get a quote?
      1. 3D model in Rhinoceros (.3DM) / Sketchup Saved as Backwards compatible version 5 (.SKP) / 3D Studio Max (.3DS) / Microstation (.DGN) / Autocad saved as backwards compatible version 2007 (.DWG) / Revit export as .DWG (ACIS Solids checked to yes).
        2. Preferences for materials if you have any.
        3. Information about the site and buildings should be in the 3D model or drawings.
        4. A mark up of model extents and required scale. A quick sketch over a plan to show us where you want the boundary of your model and whats included inside.
        5. What date you need to recieve the model?
        6. Landscape and vegetation drawings or sketch or description of required foliage.

       

    • What we need off you to give you a quote:
      1. Model scale (eg. 1:500 or 1:200)
      2. 3D CAD file or drawing package (please remove all interior furnishings & vegetation on 3D model).
      3. Model extents. Please include a drawing indicating the boundary of the model that you need including any context buildings.
      4. Information about the landscape and amount of foliage details required.
      5. Required delivery date for the model.
  • Marketing Models

    Make Models understands that marketing new developments and selling off-the plan designs requires instilling a high degree of consumer confidence. People connect to physical objects not only because it helps them visualize yet-to-be built projects, but because the craftsmanship and attention to detail is a key experience in winning the trust of potential stakeholders, investors and buyers. Our marketing models have been centerpieces of high profile display suites which have gone on to break sales records, win marketing awards, and been featured in print media and television. We value a unique approach to model making. Our insights into current trends, helps our models stand out from the pack as something different, unique, well considered and beautifully crafted.

    Download a Marketing Model info pack to take to your next meeting here

    Download our export guide here

    • How much does a marketing model cost?

      Marketing models have broad price ranges due to endless possibilities that can separate the pricing of one job to another. We encourage you to initiate a dialogue with us to see what can be achieved within your particular budget. All developments have different marketing budgets and we pride ourselves on our ability to craft tailored responses that correspond to different price points.

    • I’m hesitant to hire an interstate model maker, can you deliver outside of NSW?

      Make Models has regularly made models for interstate developments. Shipping sample models and prototypes is a fantastic way to instill confidence in the craftsmanship and quality of a model you are investing in. Virtual meetings are a great way to bounce ideas, and have shared screen discussions of 3D models. Further still, Make Models has regularly personally delivered models interstate to make sure no damage occurs and that installation on site is exactly as smooth and as easy as if it was done with a local supplier. Despite having a good reputation for turning things around very quickly, we encourage our clients to get in touch with us several weeks in advance to allow for the best possible outcomes and allow for a diverse range of material explorations. Naturally we work as quickly as required and value strict adherence to deadlines where projects need to go live.

    • What guarantees do you offer on your models?

      Our team takes great pride in our work, but we are aware that objects sitting in the public realm can sometimes get affected by wear and tear as well as accidents. We like to reassure our clients that we don’t just dust our hands off our models when they leave our building. If there are issues we endeavour to head out to site and accommodate any things that need replacing within the first 12 months, to make sure your investment has longevity.

    • Materials We Work With for Marketing Models:

      Marketing models can explore a wide range of materiality and should generally suit the aesthetic quality of the building being represented or the aesthetics of the display suite. Though hyper realistic like-for-like material representations may be a logical starting point, we find that people respond better to warmth of materiality b

  • Competition Models

    Competition model for BVN and Shop at 1-500

    Architectural Competitions are a great way to output design excellence for the cities of our future. Typically, in these environments teams of architects compete in front of a selection jury for the best possible scheme for a given site. While ultimately, the final decision will be the result of many design factors, in these early stages ideas are still conceptual. Architectural models have a powerful ability to capture the essence of an idea, spirit of design and tectonic language to sway the communication of a design. A model has the potential to really stand out in a presentation as something noteworthy, memorable you can touch, look at and engage with. Our clients have informed us that our models convey an elegance, craftsmanship and attention to detail that is often a crucial aspect of a successful bid. Past winning projects include but aren’t limited to, Green Square Aquatic Centre, Parramatta Aquatic Centre, 505 George St, Botanic gardens, Ian Potter Conservatory and many more.

    Download a Competition Model info pack to take to your next meeting here

    Download our export guide here

    • I’m on a tight deadline. How quickly can you make a competition model?

      As our team is entirely composed of ex-architects we know the stress of architectural competitions. It can be an all-hands on deck experience with lots of last minute design changes and a rush to get all deliverables out on time. While there is no hard and fast answer to this question, given our experience, we can assert that we are comfortable and pride ourselves on thriving in this environment. We provide honest feedback on what is and isn’t feasible within given constraints but can always produce a high quality model for presentation day.

    • Our design isn’t resolved, can you still make a start?

      We can work together to stage a model that can effectively commence elements that are ready to go and hold off on others that are still in development. A successful competition model delivery involves a team collaboration. In this sense we ensure we can stick to our internal targets and deadlines and as long as we both do, we are confident that a staged approach can lead to success.

    • Are there certain materials that take longer than others?

      Yes. We find that certain elements take longer to produce than others.Casting, resin printing, metal casting, and metal folding can take longer due to the sourcing, testing and shelf life that occurs with those materials. However we have used all of those materials in competitions previously. With enough time anything is possible and with limited time, we can still achieve a great outcome together.

    • How do you work with competition budgets?

      We understand firms typically have a budget dedicated towards a competition bid. As such we can happily adhere to lower and upper limits with the competition team and be very transparent where we notice that certain decisions may pivot or swing the costs of the model.

  • Presentation Models

    Timber Presentation Model for Hassel at 1:200

    Architectural presentations with models can be a critical factor in establishing enthusiasm and trust with your clients. Often as architects, we can get very invested in our drawing style, spending large amounts of time refining diagrams and orthographics that can unfortunately mean very little to clients. A physical model in a presentation can be an invaluable talking point to get a client’s head into the design and spark a sense of enthusiasm and excitement about what is on the horizon. Being able to pick up an object, work with it, or even take it home to ponder, can spark interest, ideas and conversations about the design that can be extremely helpful towards the overall outcome. Make Models has prepared countless presentation models which have received fantastic feedback from the architecture community predominantly due to their ability to capture an audience’s imagination and promote a renewed sense of enthusiasm in the work that lies ahead.

    Download a Presentation Model info pack to take to your next meeting here

    Download our export guide here

    • What materials do you work with for presentation models?

      We work with Timbers, Acrylics, Cards, Plastics, Laminates, 3D Prints, Casts and Laminates and many other whacky materials you may not usually consider a model-making material.. We love evolving our style and experimenting with new materials so we welcome any novel requests for your desired model making outcomes.

    • How much does an architectural presentation model cost?

      Presentation models vary in cost depending on what the intended outcome is and the presentation team you are trying to address. As such there isn’t a definitive price guide and we quote each project uniquely. Make Models prides itself on it’s ability to produce varied budgetary outcomes for clients depending on need. We have made presentation models in affordable materials like boxboard and foam which have been extremely well received by intended user groups. Similarly we’ve produced more intricate models in solid timbers and acrylics for bigger budgets. Please get in touch for how we can assist by providing us files for your project.

    • How quickly can you make a presentation model for a meeting?

      As with most things, the more time we have the better the final outcome will be. We’ve effectively produced quick model turnarounds in affordable materials like foams, laser cut elements and cardboards. Generally working with more premium materials like solid hardwoods, 3D prints or metals takes longer than less robust materials. Depending on your desired turnaround time and budget, Make Models can advise a realistic lead time once we’re provided with the required files for quoting.

  • Exhibition Models

    Exhibition Model for Grimshaw at 1:500

    Make Models has produced a vast array of exhibition models for local and international exhibits. Our team has collaborated with art curators, exhibition coordinators, designers and event managers to create models that have both been static works in one-off exhibitions, as well as models that have had to live a life on the road through traveling exhibitions. The team takes great care in providing robust, exhibition quality works that have been able to handle the difficulties of regular bump-ins and transit, both locally and internationally.

    Download a Exhibition Model info pack to take to your next meeting here

    Download our export guide here

    • Where can you ship your exhibition models?

      We have several models currently circulating around Australia and Internationally. We take care to package and design models that are intelligently designed and robust enough to handle a life on the road.

    • I'm curating a travelling exhibition, what kind of guarantees can you provide?

      We make our models to a high degree of quality with longevity in mind. However in exhibitions, particularly traveling exhibitions, models can take a beating from the public and regular transportation. We’ve happily attended to any unfortunate accidents that can happen from time to time. Have a chat to us about the specifics of your exhibition so we can advise potential risks and assurances.

    • Where have your models been exhibited?

      We’ve had models exhibited in a variety of locations, including but not limited to: Venice Architecture Biennale, Melbourne Design Week, Australian Design Centre,  Dubai Expo, Jam Factory Adelaide, Powerhouse Museum, Maritime Museum, Phillip Island Nature Park, Helsinki Kunsthalle and more.

    • How much will my model cost?

      Each Architectural Model that we make is a  bespoke outcome for our clients. As such there isn’t a definitive price guide and we quote each project uniquely. Please get in touch by providing a 3D model or drawing set to find out how much a model for your job may cost. We welcome receiving budgets in advance to have open discussions about how your budget can deliver a great outcome.

    • How quickly can you complete my job?

      We work to varying time frames depending on the types of models we are asked to make. The specifics of lead times depend on the time of engagement, readiness of our clients to commence and the pre-existing commitments already on the books. Upon getting in touch with us for a quote we’ll be able to advise the exact timing you can expect for your job.

    • What materials do you use?

      We work with Timbers, Acrylics, Cards, Plastics, Laminates, 3D Prints, Casts and Laminates and many other whacky materials you may not usually consider a model-making material.. We love evolving our style and experimenting with new materials so we welcome any novel requests for your desired model making outcomes.

    • How do I go about getting a quote?

      What we typically need for a quote is a 3D model extracted from your preferred CAD package. Please check our export guide here for more information about what preferred file type we’ll need for quoting. If you don’t have a 3D model then please send through a drawing set preferably in .DWG format or .PDF. As we always deliver bespoke outcomes, each quote needs a little bit of time invested in it to make sure we are pricing things accurately to your unique outcome. We also like to spend as much time making beautiful models as we can, as such, we recommend waiting 1-2 business days for a response to arrive from us.

    • I’m after an Exhibition Model in a style that isn’t on your website, how can I see more of your work and how can I be sure that you can help me?

      Sure thing, we understand that our website keeps things simple. We’ve made many many models over the years and as such we can’t put everything online due to web-optimisation standards. However we ask you to check out our Instagram feed here which we regularly update and, if you haven’t already, also take a look at our model guides which feature more content. You are always welcome to get in touch and we’ll happily accept images of inspirations you may have to see how we may work with you.