Will and Jeff operating the Lulzbot TAZ 5, our 3D printer used for fabricating models like these custom stone planters for Denver Botanic Gardens.

At Didier Design Studio we are continually challenging our own design process. While we rely on many methods and practices that are familiar and well-established, we like to push ourselves to try new things that allow us to grow and evolve as designers. Recently, we have been experimenting with new workflows integrating analog sketching and modeling with digital processes like 3D scanning, terrain modeling, 3D printing and digital fabrication. The learning process has been fun and exciting, and many of these recent studies have enriched our designs at a wide range of scales and applications.

A series of models created for the Steppe Garden at Denver Botanic Gardens. 

Models are a central component of our design process, allowing us to explore and refine several iterations before arriving at a finished design. Here we sculpted landforms by hand using clay, basswood, and pulp board. Through a 3D scanning process, we translated the initial model and further refined the shaping of the landforms digitally. This process allowed us to perform careful analysis of the topography as it affects microclimates for plants and visitor experience. The finished model was fabricated using a CNC mill.

Modeling terrain with drone imagery for a residential project in Fort Collins.

Working with large scale terrain models has allowed us to expand our understanding of sites as situated within their broader context. The terrain model shown here allowed us to study the architecture of the proposed house in relationship to topography and the ecologies of distinct zones such as xeric upland, prairie, cottonwood grove, and wetland areas.

Designing and detailing a sculpted concrete amphitheater for local fabrication.

The direct link between digital modeling and fabrication has also advanced our ability to test and refine our design details. This concrete amphitheater was designed as a sculptural, fluid component nestled within a larger planted berm. 

Working with concrete specialist Gerhard Oehrlich to build and install the concrete amphitheater for Denver Botanic Gardens.

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Didier Design Studio is a landscape architecture firm with expertise in all facets of design and planning from vision to completion. Operating at the confluence of site and values, our practice investigates how ideas and strategies are merged to create dynamic environments that instill a unique “sense of place” and beauty.

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342 West Douglas Road
Fort Collins, Colorado, 80524


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