Compendium of Design

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Planometric Drawing

Planometric drawing and projection is used for architecture. The drawing system allows architects to illustrate what the designed environment will look like. This is particularlly valued when looking after clients with little experience in reading two-dimensional orthogonal plans.

Planometric drawing is a method of paraline drawing that allows pictorial drawings to be projected from floor plans. This can provide the client with a spatial experience of the build environment. Planometric drawings are drawn by rotating the plan view to so that the angle between the plan view and the horizontal makes either 45° / 45° or 60° / 30° angle. The plan view is then given height by drawing vertical lines up from the plan drawing. The height of a planometric view can be scaled (0.5 – 1.0) to allow hidden detail to be shown.