Making Architectural Model for Leaving Cert?

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Making Architectural Model for Leaving Cert?

Postby t9106 » Fri Oct 22, 2010 9:55 pm

Hi, I was considering making an architectural model for my Leaving Cert Construction project, specifically the Massaro House by Frank Lloyd

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I was able to get a digital model of the entire building and site with all the measurements and everything to scale on google sketchup. My problem is, having never made an architectural model before, I don't exactly know where to start or how to go about it; or if it would be possible to make a model of a suitable standard in time. Would it be too complicated? If not, I would greatly appreciate any advice you could give on how to go about making it. Are there any good books you would recommend? and finally, where would I get the materials for the project? Would I make the entire model out of MDF or do the building in balsa wood or something like that?

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Re: Making Architectural Model for Leaving Cert?

Postby Copo » Fri Oct 22, 2010 10:58 pm

Can you provide some more details on your project requirements?

What scale is the model?
Are you modeling the interior?
Do you need to have a removeable section to see inside?

I would suggest looking at some other architectural models to get some ideas of the type models that can be made.

For example: check out A2 Architects website (amazing models):
http://www.a2.ie/

Personally I like simple models (one material), such as white card, grey card or brown card.

For example:

http://www.architectural-review.com/Journals/8/Files/2010/6/10/AR05_OD_IMG_0723.jpg
http://www.graftonarchitects.ie/easyCMS/uploaded_files/408_60.jpg


Standard carpenter wood glue can be used with this type of card and can be cut with a simple blade knife and steel ruler.

A good rigid base makes a good start (e.g 12mm mdf). This defines the area of the model you are building, including the surrounding landscape.

Don't forget - be careful of your fingers!
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Re: Making Architectural Model for Leaving Cert?

Postby t9106 » Sat Oct 23, 2010 12:25 am

Copo wrote:Can you provide some more details on your project requirements?

What scale is the model?
Are you modeling the interior?
Do you need to have a removeable section to see inside?

I would suggest looking at some other architectural models to get some ideas of the type models that can be made.

For example: check out A2 Architects website (amazing models):
http://www.a2.ie/

Personally I like simple models (one material), such as white card, grey card or brown card.

For example:

http://www.architectural-review.com/Journals/8/Files/2010/6/10/AR05_OD_IMG_0723.jpg
http://www.graftonarchitects.ie/easyCMS/uploaded_files/408_60.jpg


Standard carpenter wood glue can be used with this type of card and can be cut with a simple blade knife and steel ruler.

A good rigid base makes a good start (e.g 12mm mdf). This defines the area of the model you are building, including the surrounding landscape.

Don't forget - be careful of your fingers!


Well for the Leaving Cert, pretty much anything goes I think. I could just do the building without the interior if I wanted (or if there wasn't enough time) or I could make it with a removable section. It is up to me really; but I really have no idea if it would be possible to make a model of the building and site in its entirety, in class (about 3 hours per week) before April/May.

One of the things that worries me is that the site is quite steep in places and wraps around the building, which if I was to make the model in say, MDF or wood, would mean an awful lot of cutting with machinery. Should I just use MDF anyway? And about the scale, the building is a little less than 70M long so would a scale of 1:100 suit?

btw, the A2 Architects models really are amazing. I especially like the ones that use the bold colours but I think this type of one would suit the massaro house best http://www.a2.ie/slane_house.htm
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Re: Making Architectural Model for Leaving Cert?

Postby Copo » Sun Oct 24, 2010 9:55 am

The mdf base I was suggesting is just to build your model off - it will define the area you are modelling. Like A2 Architects Slane Project, you could build the slope of the site as contours (layering the card). Some other examples of contour models formed wih layering of card:

http://www.howardmodels.com/0-topographic/contour-model/topo1/topo1.jpg
http://www.howardmodels.com/0-topographic/contour-model/steel-residence/contourmodel.jpg
http://gomes-staub.com/images/work/projects/TENC-model-with-topography.jpg

In terms of scale, I would say 1:100 would be perfect. You could use thicker card on the external (loadbearing) walls (4mm) and a thinner card on the interior partitions (2mm). If you building is 70m long, this would be 700mm long at this scale.

The next scale up (1:50) is much more difficult to build and a lot more work.
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