Introduction

SCALE MODEL MAKERS OF INTERNATIONAL REPUTE

TNB, also known as TECHNIBUILT (M) SDN BHD, is a professional scale model studio established in 1990 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. We build quality scale models that allow our clients to test architectural concepts through physical three-dimensional structures built according to scale.

In 2005, we expanded our services to the Middle East, collaborating with the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, Iran, Bahrain, Qatar, Sudan and Kuwait before venturing into Asia, Europe, North America and more. These strategic collaborations helped us cement solid business relationships while gaining us worldwide recognition and numerous repeat orders from many of our clients across the globe.

“ tnb - test your concept in physical space ”

EXPERTISE BUILT ON INNOVATION

With our primary mission to ‘test your concept in physical space’, TNB’s permanent regional workshop in Jebal Ali, Dubai was built to service our clients in the Middle East and Europe.

Our 240 employees across Malaysia, China and the UAE are made up of individuals who are experts in their respective fields who use the latest, most innovative technology and equipment to produce realistic, high quality scale models.

Since research and development is an integral part of our success, we continually invest in procuring and learning new techniques to achieve greater detail and – test your concept in physical space a better sense of depth and realism in our scale models. This is evident in our 23 precision CO2 Laser Cutting and Milling Machines that we use in our day to day work on our scale models. We also insist on only high-grade materials in order to ensure greater stability and durability.

We firmly believe that the more detailed a model, the better it can be at expressing an idea and communicating visually the full extent of a designer’s or architect’s intentions. As such you will find that our scale models are sophisticated and interactive projects that deliver quality images, giving our clients both the benefits of seeing the big picture while appreciating all its accompanying details.

Our schedules are tight and our work demanding. Yet our greatest reward and achievement is seeing our clients smile with satisfaction at a job we did well.

Acknowledgement

THANK YOU FOR A REWARDING RELATIONSHIP

We acknowledge that our success has only been possible through the rewarding business relationships we have had with our clients through the years. For this reason we would like to humbly thank T.R. Hamzah & Yeang, Llewelyn Davies Yeang, Hijjas Kasturi Associate Sdn, Zaini Dubus Richez Sdn Bhd, GDP Architects, Iskandar Investment Berhad, KLCC Projects, Veritas Architects, DP Architects, Foster & Partners, Denniston International Architects & Planners Ltd, SL - RASCH GmbH, Archicentre and many, many more for the trust placed in us in your many projects.

Through your generosity we successfully participated in numerous design competitions that propelled us onto the international platform, gaining us much needed exposure to international standards and practices. For this we will forever be grateful.

We also thank our skilled and talented teams across the globe, who continually play an integral role in ensuring our clients’ needs are met time and time again.

Profile

MODEL MAKING - A RICH PAST

Model making is not a modern day concept. In the 1400s, the great Leonardo da Vinci regularly built scale models to represent his newest ideas. These miniature models helped his layman audience appreciate his complex concepts while proving to his employers that he was a perfectionist in presenting only solutions that truly worked.

Even in ancient times, scale models played a crucial role in decision-making - it allowed for the review, critique and approval of an architectural design before funding for the project could be sought.

Scale models also helped in explaining complex or unusual designs or functions and provided a focus for discussion between architects, engineers and town planners.

Today scale models are used extensively for shows, presentations, fundraising, obtaining permits as well as for sales purposes to various groups such as clients, committees, potential property buyers, potential investors and the general public.

BRINGING COMPLEX CONCEPTS TO LIFE

Our clients rely on our professional scale models to see what their projects might look like before they make that all-important transition from two-dimensional drawings to real-world materials.

As such architectural models are a crucial stage in the design process as it provides an expressive means for clients to experience a close-up look at the details of a project and its relationship with its surrounding environment.

Each finished piece is a unique item tailored entirely to our clients’ requirements in that it can effectively represent a building project with as much or as little detail as our clients want.

The scale models represent the final look that impacts our client’s real desire and determines the essential look and feel of a structure. A well-crafted model allows our clients to fully appreciate other aspects of architecture such as colouring, materials and lighting effects that a two-dimensional drawing cannot provide.

The process of building scale models also aids in indentifying and rooting out errors that might have occurred in the drawing process thereby preventing expensive costs that may arise at a later date when actual building and construction takes place.

One of the most important areas of scale models is its usefulness in explaining complex design elements that in turn encourage discussions among members of the building team that comprise of architects, engineers, contractors and town planners. It also helps improve coordination of the job functions among architects, engineers and contractors.

SOPHISTICATED TECHNOLOGY FOR STUNNING RESULTS

A far cry from ancient times, scale models of today utilise the most advanced and sophisticated technology to bring a degree of realism and detail like never before.

For instance, interactive solutions are an extremely exciting experience that allows our clients to explore any given area of a proposed development. Utilising user-controlled animation, 360° VR or daylight and sunlight analysis, these can be presented via iPad apps, large touch screens or integrated into an overall Media Model package.

Which brings us to Media Models. These utilise the latest audio-visual and interactive touch technology to deliver real-life scenarios of a proposed development and the surrounding environment it is nestled in. Informative and engaging, Media Models are best used to depict urban landscapes and large developments at both the micro and macro level.

Yet another fascinating option is Architectural 3D Printing. This technology is used to produce high-definition, detailed architectural models in an array of materials, which accurately express each design and concept. Turnaround is also fast thereby saving time and manpower.