Arckit, the Ireland-based manufacturer of architectural model kits, has developed three-dimensional city building kits for both professional and aspiring architects and urban planners.
Titled Arckit Cityscape and Arckit Masterplan, these model building kits are designed to appeal to an audience ranging from children to hobby-type enthusiasts to professionals.
The kits are an extension of the original three-dimensional modelling system that Arckit launched in 2014. Founder Damien Murtagh said that the company was launched as a design tool for architects. Since then, it has gained a following among a wider audience.
Mr Murtagh said that for the new products, Arckit wanted to remain true to its origins as a tool for professionals, while at the same time developing a product that makes architecture more appealing to a younger and broader audience. To raise the funds to produce the new kits, the company has launched a Kickstarter campaign that provides supporters with ‘early bird’ discounts if they decide to buy the 12 new kits.
The original modular system was aimed only at architects and presented as an efficient and reusable alternative to traditional model making. When children expressed interest at the product launch, the kit appeared in toy shops and inspired comparisons with Lego.
Like the original building design systems, the new urban planning kits consist of a modular series of plastic components. They are easy to assemble and can be taken apart and reused when the model has accomplished its purpose.