We may live in a world of 3-D printers and fly-through imagery, but for the architects atRichard Meier & Partners, creating wood models remains an integral part of their design process. Built on-site in the firm’s midtown Manhattan location, the models serve a number of purposes: They allow the architects to check their work, resolve design issues, and dazzle their clients.
“When you look at the model, it tells you if the design works or doesn’t,” explains Bernhard Karpf, a partner in the firm. “Drawing is easy. It’s only two-dimensional. But a model requires you to think of all of the corners and conditions.”