The ability to visualize the unbuilt is an important part of the architectural profession. In order to visualize their projects, even before they are built, Olso-based firm Vardehaugen has developed a method of ‘real scale drawing’. The design team realize full-scale drawings in the courtyard behind vardehaugen’s studio using lasers, chalk, and tape.
With this simple practice, they help clients grasp the size and proportion of a space that is reminiscent of the old DIY decorating trick of using painters tape to mark out furniture and rugs while space-planning the interior design of a room.
“The ability to visualize the unbuilt is an important part of the architectural profession,” explains Håkon Matre Aasarød, founder of the studio. “Both in order to evaluate and communicate concepts and solutions. However, the bodily sensation of scale or the notion of simply walking through a room cannot be experienced through traditional 3D visualizations or scaled models. Architecture is not an abstract geometrical size, but something concrete that relates to our bodily existence and the world around us.”
all images courtesy of Vardehaugen