It may not look like much right now, but what you see above is the brand new 3D model for Minto WaterGarden from the team at Peter McCann Architectural Models, the company behind such models as the Frank Gehry designed AGO and the Burj Dubai (now Burj Khalifa).The model of our new Thornhill project is only 10-15% complete right now, but we stopped by Peter McCann’s studio to get a sneak peek at how a 3D model is built and were treated to a very interesting tour by Manager Joshua Coulis.
Take a look at these exclusive pictures for an idea of how those models you see in sales centres are actually made!
The WaterGarden model is a 6-8 week project for the team. A typical project will have 5 or 6 people working on it at any given time, but this can go up to 12 people depending on the the circumstances.
They create their own set of shop drawings which take into account the thickness of the materials they use. Everything has to fit very precisely together. It’s more of a structural drawing then a set of building plans and once all the parts are generated it’s like assembling a 3D puzzle.
Certain parts are hand made, such as these trees, which are made of speaker wire that is molded, painted and soldered to fit and then topped off with a special material which is bought in bulk.
Above, you can see the intricate details that the laser machine is cutting into the acrylic. All of the etching used to be done by hand, so these machines save countless hours in labour.
The building is drawn up using computer programs before cut sheets are made which are then cut with the lasers.
According to the team, you have to have a certain mindset to build models:
“You have to think in three dimensions. You’re working in plan and elevation which are flat plains, so you’re working on the front of the building or the layout. When you’re creating these parts you’re building in 2D plains but have to think about the relationship between the parts. It’s probably the most demanding part of the job.”
All the pieces are all very delicate. A lot of tender care has gone into putting it together, and with the bulk of assembly left to do, we’re in great hands with the highly skilled team at Peter McCann Architectural Models.
The team has been working away for the past several weeks and are almost ready to get the rest of the assembly underway. We’ll be back in their studio next week to get another look at how the model is progressing, so be sure to check back again soon! We’ll also have exclusive project renderings to share on the blog very soon……
Thanks to Joshua and the rest of the team for inviting us along! We for one can’t wait to see the finished model!
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We’re excited to make minto775 at King & Tecumseth the subject of our first construction update. There’s tons going on on the site right now.
The formworker is forming the suspended slab at the Southwest, the lowest corner of the site, while excavation of final footings continues at the Northeast.
In the areas in between, placing steel and pouring concrete for footings & foundations, walls and columns is ongoing. We’re installing the all-important underground drainage and plumbing as well as placing the clear stone subgrade and concrete for slab on grade.
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