Architectural Models

Architectural models are used to great effect in the selling of your designs and plans. They are appealing to clients aesthetically while conveying valuable information of your designs. Model making can showcase your key design features for your clients and planning using a range of materials, styles and scales.

Scale architectural models making using laser cut acrylic and card. Integrated lighting and tinted windows add interest and bring the model to life.


We work in a wide range of materials for architectural models. Including acrylic, foam, timber, veneer, card and 3d printed plastics. The architectural models can be painted with colour to represent building materials and etched to acheive textrure.

We can integrate lighting into your model to highlight important buildings and rooms or just for effect. This gives the model more depth and interst.

The material choice will depend on the design, your style preference and budget. Do have a look in our gallery to browse some options and see more of our model making services.

Large scale, layered, acrylic architectural models of City Road Hotel. The layers, each with engraving and paint infils add depth and interest to this striking model.


Simple monochromatic block architectural models show initial concept plans and a buildings context to it’s surroundings. These can be modern acrylic or low budget foams.

Detailed models using textural materials to represent architectural language, modern crisp acrylics or warm natural timbers. Laser etched accents and subtle paint effects add character without being imposing.

Full colour architectural models bring the design to life with more realistic representations of materials and finishes.

If you are looking for an architectural model for a competition you may want a conceptual representation, using an abstract approach we can make a piece of art using all our model making skills and techniques.

Architectural models of Kier Moss HQ, Cheltenham. The site building was made with laser cut acrylics sprayed to represent the building materials. The contoured baseboard was sculptioned by hand and model making tequniques..


We use a range of machinery to produce your architectural models. Laser cutting can achieve 0.1mm precision in cutting acrylics and timber. High tolerance acrylic from 0.5mm thickness allows us to acheive delicate cutting. Fine details can also be picked up with engraving to give the models texture.

3d printing is fantastic for accent pieces and organic forms. Thes can be compined with traditional model making to work to your budget.

If you require the topography to be shown to a high accuracy we would use CNC milling to produce a contoured base.

Housing development scale architectural models, Cheltenham UK, from sprayed laser cut acrylic. A useful planning permission model and sales tool.

Planning Application

Architectural models are powerful tools in planning applications, we can give an accurate representation of your site building in context of it’s surroundings in a way that a 2D drawing can not convey. Aesthetically appealing to clients, architectural models can help demonstrate the interaction of the proposed buildings with their surroundings. They are also a useful sales tool after planning stages.

We can produce massed models with detailed site building or full high detail models to work to your budget to suit your requirements.

1:500 contoured planning architectural models. CNC milled foam and hardwood model uildings. This one made at Artisan Architectural model makers, Gloucestershire.


We can work to any scale you request. The larger the scale, the more detail that can be achieved. For planning applications 1:200 is the most common as you can achieve high architectural detail and get a good impression of the topography.

Other common scales in architectural model making are 1:100 and 1:500. Smaller scale models at 1:2000 are common for master planning at low resolution.

Architectural model makers putting in a light box in architectural models. The removable site pad allows the model to be updated when the design processes requires it.


We can build our 3d architectural models with removable site ‘pads’ so that the main bulk of the model can be retained throughout the project while the site is easily upgradeable as the design progresses. This method allows the model to be used from concept and competition as a design tool right through to final planning application.

See more in the gallery…

We are a Gloucestershire based model makers however we work all around the country for architects and private commmission. Do contact us to discuss any aspect of your project.
To begin building an architectural model and quote accurately we need some key information:

– A site plan with model boundaries outlined.
– Topographic and landscaping plan of the site.
– Plans and elevations of all buildings to be constructed.
– Relevant images/photos showing building materials.

Get in touch to discuss your project even if you don’t have all the information available currently.

We can make architectural models at any scale and tailor the style and materials to match your exact requirements and budget. Contact us to discuss your unique project.