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Before any computer program existed, there was only pen and paper. Architects used to (and still) draw their main ideas, their thoughts, their feelings. And to this day, drawing is a technique for some architects to preview their future projects.

Nowadays, architects use both hand drawings and computer drawings to include inside the project presentation. Here are some examples of architectural drawings that you can take as a reference to include in your next project.

Section drawings

A section drawing shows a view of a structure as though it had been sliced in half or cut along another imaginary plane.

Drawing by : Arnaud Jouanchicot
Drawing by: hans Kollhoff

Axonometric drawings

An axonometric projection is a type of orthographic projection used for creating a pictorial drawing of an object, where the object is rotated around one or more of its axes to reveal multiple sides.

Drawing by: Peter Judson
Drawing by: aoa_architects

Floorplan Drawings

A floor plan is a drawing to scale, showing a view from above, of the relationships between rooms, spaces, traffic patterns, and other physical features at one level of a structure.

Drawing by: pezo von ellrichshausen
Drawing by: O-Office architects
Drawing by: Arons en Gelauff architecten

Elevation drawings

An elevation is the view of a 3-dimensional object from the position of a vertical plane beside an object. In other words, an elevation is a side view as viewed from the front, back, left or righ

Drawing by: Arons en Gelauff architecten
Drawing by: Nick Leith-Smith
Drawing by: pezo von ellrichshausen

Which type of architectural drawing do you use the most in your projects? Which one do you think explains best an architect’s idea?

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