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The Benefits of Mass Modeling for Architectural Concepts

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It is so crucial to get these three elements of the proposed structure right in the very beginning, that no amount of architectural detailing or facade materials can compensate for a building that is out of proportion or one that appears awkward within the surrounding landscape or environment.

Prior to computer-aided architectural design (CAAD) technology, architects used either wooden blocks or moldable clay to model the shapes, forms and inter-relationships of the building to achieve a clinical description of volumes.

A successful massing and orientation will allow the structure to take full advantage of site conditions and environmental conditions, such as:

massing architectural curtain wall systems

architectural designs that contribute to surrounding landscape

massing to connect with street life and urban venues

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