FEBRUARY 2019 | THE POWER OF MODEL MAKING

In his work ‘De re aedificatoria’ (Florence 1443), Leon Battista Alberti advised that several models of the building to be constructed should be made at time intervals. This allows the project to be reviewed in detail and decisions to be considered so that all elements, “from the lowest area to the highest tile […] are extensively and intensely weighed up and planned by us”.
Today, computer technology also concerns the field of architectural representation, and digital modelling has achieved great goals in terms of photorealistic rendering; yet these two ways of visualizing a project’s evolution coexist and are indispensable. Three-dimensional models play a fundamental role in the planning process of an architectural project. Their actual three-dimensionality, their need to be built piece by piece, and their physical existence with their own independent consistency play in their favour.

Salewa Headquarters

The model made of paper, cardboard, wood, polystyrene and other similar materials – called the studio model – is the first step towards understanding a project’s portions and proportions, and this is also true for very complex projects such as the Salewa Headquarters.
This is a simple way to observe the interiors’ perspectives and size, or to visualize the shape and overall dimensions of the building within the environment. The model can also act as a trigger for the imagination: the small crystal silhouette of the Salewa complex shown at the competition certainly contributed to the project’s success.

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Regnum Tower

The model of the “Regnum Tower” project was made with a numerical control machines, including Laser cutting, 3D printing and CNC milling. The materials used in this case are coloured MDF paste, Ciba, Plexiglas and wood. For this project too a studio model was made earlier, while the final version was presented at the competition for the construction of a multifunctional tower in Istanbul.

#regnumtower #multifunctional #lasercutting

I Hotel

A strongly innovative idea, based on the exclusivity of Italian culture, tradition and design.
This is the brief requested by the competition for the creation of a chain of small/medium-sized hotels in the United Arab Emirates characterised by a highly recognizable style and a high quality brand.
Already from the study stage, the model reflected a search for a strong and imaginative concept, which was then translated into colour, light and lightness in the competition version.

#hospitality #italiandesign #crazymodel

Areic Headquarters

A model of a façade section of these Headquarters for a client in Saudi Arabia was made during the design process, so that the representation would be more effective and the relationship between the façade and the base of the building could be studied more closely. The studio model portraying the entire building – a matryoshka-type model – can be opened, allowing the various floors and functions within to be be seen.

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