Hand sketches: The pen is mightier than the mouse

An essential part of the Bijl Architecture design process is hand sketching, a practice which has fallen away in many architecture studios with the domination of CAD drawings. However, Bijl Director Melonie Bayl-Smith believes that sketching a perspective by hand brings an added dimension to the design process that you just don't get with digital images.

Part of our minimalist intervention to a sprawling board-clad country house in the Southern Highlands NSW, sketch and design by Bijl Architecture.

Part of our minimalist intervention to a sprawling board-clad country house in the Southern Highlands NSW, sketch and design by Bijl Architecture.

"Perspective sketching has a long history in the field of architecture ," she says. "And our clients actually love to see the design taking shape in this way, especially at the concept stage. It brings the design ideas to life where plans and digital drawings often fall short."

Here are two of Bijl's recent sketches, one for a country house in the Southern Highlands, and the other for a house in Willoughby. The distinctive style is created using Japanese Copic marker pens.

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Radio Tower House in Willoughby, hand sketch and design by Bijl Architecture

Radio Tower House in Willoughby, hand sketch and design by Bijl Architecture