3D architectural
models in Kenya

February 16, 2022
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Whether you’re designing a new product, figuring out how a piece of furniture will fit in your home or simply exploring a new city, consumers can benefit from real-world experiences with an immersive experience. 3D architectural models are the best way to communicate your designs. A hand drawn sketch or a 2D plan can only show so much, but with a 3D architectural model you will be able to effectively communicate your design idea to your prospective clients, colleagues and other stakeholders.

3D models are far more detailed than a hand drawing or even a 2D rendering. A 3D model has depth, which allows you to convey a sense of scale and space. The detail provided in a 3D model helps your audience understand the proportions of the rooms, elevations and other details in your design. A 3D architectural model also gives you the opportunity to view your design from different perspectives and this is especially important if there are parts of the project that are not visible from one angle. Using a 3D architectural model you can view the building from all angles.

We have just completed the first phase of a large project to create 3D architectural models of historic buildings in our town, using a recently developed aerial photography system. Two of the buildings modelled are listed as grade 2 on the National Heritage List for Kenya, and six are listed grade 2. This is an important development because it enables us to identify and record fine detail that would be difficult or impossible to see from ground level: we can now accurately record details at roof-top level such as chimneys, dormers and finials. We can also see features such as the decorative panels on the gables of listed buildings that were previously hidden by foliage. The products of the surveys include 3D models, panoramic views, and orthographic images.

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