Craft Architectural Diagrams in Minutes with Modelo

Architectural diagrams help to clarify a building, relationships between elements of a building, or a process connected to a building. Architects do this with visual symbols which can be considered all at once, unlike language which must be processed in a linear fashion. The problem is that it takes lots of time to produce a simple architectural diagram if you use common software such as V-ray, Escape, Lumion, and so on. However, the Modelo new Make Diagram function helps you craft architectural diagrams in minutes.

In the new Make Diagrams function. There are three select modes: by the element, material, and layer.

You could tint volume with reference colors to show the different properties of the architecture. In this model, we use blue and pink to show the trend of architecture and related buildings around the site.

After finishing the selection and coloration, don’t forget to screenshot and capture the diagram. It only takes you 3 minutes to create a simple architectural diagram.

If you want to select multiple parts of the model, press CTRL and select them at the same time. Then you can tint or stroke them all together with one click.

Isn’t that easy? Come to Modelo and create your architectural diagrams now.

Ten City 3D Models Up For Grabs

Good News. In order to thank you for the continued support, we provide a thanksgiving gift – free city models for all Modelo users. The first batch of city models will include ten American cities and we will continually add new models regularly.

These free design materials are located in Modelo recent releasing notes and under the link:  A thanksgiving gift from Modelo: Click to get city models. 

If you miss the releasing note on the main page, don’t worry. You can also find the link in our “What’s new” tab. 

New Modelo users which signed up after 11/12/2020 can also access these models.  Introduce Modelo to your family, friends, and colleague now. They will also have a chance to travel to these beautiful cities at home. Please see the New York city model on Modelo!

Bring me to Modelo!

Simplify your 360 tour with a mini floor plan

Easy to display, high efficiency and deep interaction. These characteristics determine that 360 tours are more and more popular. This immersive approach can make customers, contractors and other stakeholders more involved in the project.

Some customers complained that because of the size of their projects, locating specific rooms in 360 tours is a difficult task. Now our Modelo team has simplified your 360 tour with mini floor plans.

Step 1: Uploading your Mini Floor Plan

First, prepare your mini floor plan. Please make sure that each panoramic image can be located in your floor plan. In the upload tab, in addition to the previous 360 tour option, we also added another floor plan option. After successfully uploading the floor plan image, you will see a thumbnail below the panoramic photo.

Step 2: Add Hotspots on your Floor Plan

Once your floor plan is ready, you can start creating hotspots. These hotspots will become the anchor points for each part in your 360 tour. Just click “Add Hotspot” in the upper right corner and place the hotspot on the floor plan. You will also notice that all panoramic photos will appear in the bottom bar, which will help you assign hotspots to specific locations. Then, you need to select the correct picture and select the input view.

Step 3: Edit or Delete Hotspots.

If you are not satisfied with the hotspots, you can try to edit or delete them. Click the hotspot on your floor plan. “Edit Location” helps you relocate hotspots. If the hotspot is no longer useful, just click it and select the “Delete” option.

To view the whole tutorial video, click here. Modelo makes it easy for you to explore your 360 tour during design reviews and presentations. Get started on yours today!

China Pavilion by Studio Link-Arc

China Pavilion by Studio Link-Arc

Based in New York City, Studio Link-Arc, LLC, is an international team of architects and designers that collaborates across disciplines to work in urbanism, architecture, exhibition design, and digital environments in the context of the new challenges of our time. The name, Link-Arc, refers to our collaborative nature and our mission, which is to connect knowledge, resources, and intelligence to understand the role of architecture in a global world.

China Pavillion By Studio Link-Arc Modelo »

Our research-driven design office produces compelling and innovative work at all scales. Our work is rooted in the belief that architecture can provide a new awareness of physical and ideological context. In-depth research and thorough understanding form the basis for unique architectural solutions.

We approach architectural practice as the creation of a new nature, aimed at establishing a meaningful relationship between people, nature, and culture. We uncover the essential truths unique to each project and translate them into material, form, and space.


Yichen Lu, Principal of Studio Link-Arc, founded his design practice in 2012. Prior to starting Link-Arc, he was a project manager at Steven Holl Architects, where managed the firm’s many award-winning projects in China. He is also an associate professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

Rejecting the notion of cultural pavilion as an object in a plaza, the China Pavilion is conceived as a field of spaces located beneath a floating cloud. The Pavilion embodies the project’s theme, “The Land of Hope,” through its unique roof form, which merges the profile of a city skyline on the building’s north side with the profile of a rolling landscape on the south side, expressing that “hope” can be realized when city and nature exist in harmony. Beneath this roof, a landscaped field representing the concept of “Land,” incorporates the building’s exhibition program. Designed as a freeform timber structure, the Pavilion roof uses contemporary glulam technology to create a long-span exhibition space covering a multimedia installation (the centerpiece of the Pavilion’s cultural program) consisting of 22,000 LED stalks integrated into the landscape.

A layer of shingled bamboo panels covers the roof, adding texture and depth to the Pavilion’s silhouette and creating evocative light and shadow effects on the building’s translucent waterproofing membrane. These roof panels were designed via a uniquely digital process, which began by programming their geometry directly using Processing. This was followed by an intense optimization and rationalization effort intended to ensure that the panels would closely follow the roof form while streamlining fabrication and construction.

‘China Pavilion’ (Images courtesy of Studio Link-Arc LLC)


Blockhuk by Polyomino 3

Project Name: Blockhuk
Design Team: Jingbo Yan, Dechen Zeng, Wansu Zhang, Xinran Ding
Instructor: Jose Sanchez
Studio: Polyomino 3, University of Southern California School of Architecture

this post was originally published on gooood

“Blockhuk” is a crowd-sourcing system, a sort of alternative to LEGO toys, made up of a massive population of individual wooden units. Users can participate in the design process in a bottom-up, open source construction process.

As opposed to the variable units described in a parametric model, “Blockhuk” is developed by just by one type of unit. By specifying the unit’s quantity, the project attempts to “re-consider serial repetition in combinatorics” and re-define mass production by various assembly-types. The resulting geometry creates a data structure for a plethora of design variations.

The geometrical properties of the unit allow them to hook up with each other to generate numerous types of aggregations, which Christopher Alexander would call “Pattern Language”: with the geometrical hierarchy of letters, words, sentences and paragraphs, developed by each user in the crowd-sourced community.

Also, the project further develops the system in the game engine “Unity3D”, where the algorithmic powers of both computers and human intuition can work together to simultaneously generate a huge amount of data in a very short amount of time, what J.C.R. would call “Man-Computer Symbiosis”.


About Archelectic

Archelectic: exposing the experimental and computational side of design, through visually stunning projects. 

Architecture design inspiration can come from anywhere and, here at Modelo, we want to make the 3D design process fun. What better way to do that than by being an outlet where architects and 3D designers can share their latest projects?

With Archelectic, we’re exploring a diverse range of styles as well as the inspirations, tools, material choices and overall processes that make these projects possible. Our goal is to uncover unique, progressive and visually captivating new works from both up-and-coming designers as well as creative veterans.

Want to submit your project? Enter your information in the form below and you’re on your way to joining our Archelectic community!



Interview goals: uncovering the details and decisions behind the designs, while discovering a broad and diverse range of sources.

  • Include a short summary of your work, what it is, and what sets it apart. (minimum 300 words)
  • If contacted, be ready to upload your 3D files to the Modelo platform so that we can render them directly in the blog post
  • Your models remain your property and all model designs are attributed to the creator
  • When it comes to models- the more the merrier – minimum of 1 but we recommend including 3
  • 5-7 images or videos, since posts will be highly visual
  • Images, videos and models must be royalty-free or have the express permission for inclusion in press materials
  • Images and videos must be attributed to the photographer/videographer

How it works:

  • If your 3D designs aren’t already on the Modelo platform, we’ll kindly ask you to upload them! (don’t worry, they still belong entirely to you!)
  • Once the files are ready to present online in 3D, we’ll draft a written summary of the project with the information available.
  • Before publishing, we’ll give you about 7 days to review or make minor edits to the article.
  • Once you’ve approved it, we’ll share it on the Archelectic blog and on our Medium account.
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