How to identify plans, elevations and sections

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Below we hear from National Design Academy tutor; Amy Askew-Payler, who discusses how to identify plans, elevations and sections. 


How to guide: Identifying plans, elevations and sections

This video is designed to help you tell the difference between the different views used to show an interior space. These are plans, elevations and sections. To help demonstrate this visually we have used an orange.

A perspective drawing is used to create a realistic drawing of an object, showing this object in 3 dimensions. The further away the objects in the drawing the smaller they will become.

Plans, elevations and sections are 2D visuals that represent a 3D object. Combining different 2D visuals allows you to create an accurate representation of a design. Or in the instance of interior design, a space.

This is a plan view. In basic terms, a plan is a birds-eye view of a space. When drawing a floor plan, the roof would be removed so the interior space can be seen.

This is an elevation view. An elevation is a view from the side of an object, when drawing interior elevations, this would represent one of the walls. This would include any windows or doors as well as any built-in furniture that is in direct contact with the wall.

This is a section view. A section is a cut through of a space which will show more of the room’s features. It also allows you to show some structural detail. A section line can be cut from any part of the space, depending on what you would like to show. 

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