Site Studies and Physical Modeling. Starting with context, the design team created a physical study model with the intent of weaving the building program into the rolling landscape of the Sonoma Hills. The act of measuring, cutting, folding, gluing, seeing...these are all aspects that a designer must use to understand a design problem with hopes that an opportunity will manifest through exploration of ideas. A site plan colored quickly with colored pencil effectively explains the site topography and the intent of weaving the natural landscape with (and on top) of the building.
Vignette Sketching on the Fly. Quick vignette sketches help the design team convey spatial concepts by putting them directly onto paper.
Most of these kinds of sketches are created at client meetings, sometimes drawn while the client is talking about their aspirations of design and space.
It is an effective tool that Aidlin Darling utilizes as graphic dialogue, like thinking with a pencil. This sketch of the mezzanine walkway highlights ideas about natural light and linear expression with simple color pencil to give gestural character to glass, wood, and concrete.
Hand Rendered Sectional Studies. These are AutoCAD sections plotted onto bond paper with color pencil technique on top. Sectional studies give vertical scale and dimension to the program. Notice the importance of people in the sections for scale.
Final Digital Renderings. In tandem with the development of the design sketches, a Revit/BIM model was produced while design decisions were confirmed and implemented. Post production was done in Photoshop to create a realistic effect with lighting, texture, and filters.
I hope you found this blog helpful and informational. If you have specific questions about any particular parts of this process, just send me a message. [photos courtesy of Aidlan Darling Architects]