When architect Damien Murtagh became too frustrated with computer 3D modeling programs, he decided to turn to something more tactile. Arckit is a modeling kit that architects and designers can use to bring their creations to life in the real world.
The LEGO-like building blocks are made from ABS plastic and click together. There is no glue involved so designers can switch things around as they build. The pieces are also easily disassembled and can be reused for new projects. For added flair, you can print out surface textures and stick them onto your bricks. Everything is at 1:48 scale.
"For many people, 3D modeling images are very difficult to fully understand," Murtagh told Dezeen. "A physical model is much easier to comprehend. With Arckit you don't need to spend months learning a complex and expensive software either, you just open the box and go."
The kit was launched last year at the Grand Designs Live in London. Although it was originally made for professionals, children also took a shine to it.
"Children as young as nine stayed and made wonderful models for hours and then begged their parents to buy them a kit," Murtagh said. "I realized then how captivated they were by the system and how it could have a wider application in the toy sector."
You can buy your own kit, complete with furniture and window modules, right here on Amazon.