Scale Models Protect Resort Towns & Cities

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The use of large scale models are the only way to protect the architectural integrity of small towns, resort towns and cities around the globe.

Scale models are called upon to protect the integrity of resort towns like Sarasota, Florida and similar towns and cities around the world that are in jeopardy of losing their charm.

Savvy builders that resort to using vague and misleading artist renderings of projects in order to receive necessary approvals are finding themselves battling local residents and business owners that are now demanding full scale models of proposed projects prior to their being approved.

Sarasota, Florida is but one example of this battle taking place across the United States and overseas as property owners demand a clear understanding of proposed construction projects in and around their towns.

Residents and business owners in Sarasota are passionate on both sides of a debate regarding the construction of large buildings in the downtown area. The quality and integrity of the architectural drawings created by those for and against the proposed construction have been called into question.

As this debate grows and tempers flair a call for an accurate understanding of the proposed construction has been made from both sides of the debate. Many wonder if it is time to ignore the drawings and take a closer look at the proposed construction in downtown Sarasota.

"Large scale models, topo tables and accurate virtual architecture are the best ways for construction companies, local authorities and residents to see the true magnitude of a project prior to construction," Hans Clausen, Director and Founder of Architecte Miniatura explains.

Clausen, known throughout the industry for projects including the restoration of the scale model of Rockefeller Center in New York (for its 50th Anniversary); creating the scale model used for FAO Schwartz and the Muppets joint venture and creating the scale model used for the famous Fifth Avenue & 57th Street Christmas light display in Manhattan is highly respected for the accuracy and integrity of his company's scale models, topo tables and virtual architecture.

"Using scale models, virtual architecture and topo tables in sales presentations for buildings and complexes is the norm and recent trends seem to be that they may soon become required in cities around the country," Clausen suggests.

The quality and accuracy of the scale models, topo tables and virtual architecture is critical for the presentations as well as for receiving the right permits and approvals. Reputable construction firms that look forward to multiple projects within a geographic area require the finest examples of scale models, topo tables and virtual architecture and often turn to companies such as Clausen's Architecte Miniatura.

Debates in towns and cities across the globe continue to emphasize the importance of accurate and detailed virtual architecture and scale models. Construction companies will continue to be pressured into creating large scale models and virtual architecture in order to move forward with lucrative construction projects.    Clausen views this as a win-win for the builders as well as property owners surrounding proposed projects.


Architecte Miniatura is one of the premier architectural artists firm in the world. Founded by Hans Clausen, Architecte Miniatura, based in Sarasota, Florida is well known for scale models, architectural renderings, topo tables and 3D renderings. Prior to founding Architecte Miniatura, Clausen was a respected professor at Parsons School of Design in New York and at Ringling School of Art & Design.

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