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In pictures: a showcase of architects' models

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To celebrate our craftwork issue we asked architects to share their models with us. From wood to polystyrene, hand-crafted to 3D-printed, here’s a selection from our postbag

Great Ormond Street Hospital stair options by Stanton Williams

Architect's models

Sketch models testing out various stair options for Zayed Centre for Research into Rare Disease in Children at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Royal Arena and New York high rise by 3XN

Architects' models

The Royal Arena is currently under construction in Copenhagen and will open by the end of 2016 to host sporting events and concerts. The 1:200 scale model is rendered in laser-cut beige cardboard.

Architects' models

This model, a competition entry for a high-rise in New York City, represents an evolution of 3XN’s model building style. It is 1:100 made of foam board, as well as white, translucent, transparent and colored acrylic, and white cardboard. A knife cutter and laser cutter were used in fabrication.

Snakes and Ladders by Liddicoat & Goldhill

Architects' models

A model for a house in the Cotswolds. The region’s country houses are synonymous with craftsmanship and durability, and with a quintessentially English integration with the landscape. The new house at Far End respects and extends this tradition. Conceived as a series of faceted stone volumes, the house nestles into the limestone escarpment, amplifying and exaggerating the steep slope and commanding magnificent views across the valley. Life in Sheepscombe celebrates the passing seasons: from the hilltop cricket pitch, the sheltered walled gardens in the valley, golden autumns in the beech woods or the intimacy of local pub. The design of the new house was inspired by these special moments; landscaped gardens create a spectrum of formal and wilderness gardens around the many faces of the new house to maximise enjoyment of the natural setting.

Dulwich House by 31/44

Architects' models

A facade study model for a house in Dulwich. Continuing the terrace, the new house is attached to the end of 20 near-identical houses. The design referencing their details, form and pattern yet creates a highly individual and distinct home. The arched entrance, used throughout the adjacent terrace, is repeated here instead as a window into a double-height hallway. The arch is stripped of detail and the span is achieved through more contemporary means, with a precast concrete panel. A pattern within the panel references the decorative brickwork frequently seen on houses in the surrounding neighbourhood. The traditional tiling pattern utilised is usually found on Victorian front paths or hallways.

Chapel material study by Architectural Farm

Architects' models

The model is an evolution of a design for a nondenominational chapel located at the boundary between the end of a long formal avenue and mature woodland in the grounds of a Connacht demesne. The chapel design explored the threshold between the public and spiritual realm by physically bridging from the formal avenue into the secluded woodland. The twisted form seeks to stimulate intrigue by squeezing glimpses through the model while also playing with scale and perspective as the viewer perceives the model from different vantage points. The work also explores the sometime polar demands of the materials we build with, on one hand materials need to provide warmth and enclosure internally, while also a hard shell to provide protection from the elements externally. The process of charring the timber results in a beautiful textured surface which seals and protects the timber while contrasting with the natural finish and grains of the internal surface. It also afforded the practice the opportunity to physically engage with the material and to test the process for the project.

The Roman Singularity by Adam Nathaniel Furman

Architects' models

The Roman Singularity was the project produced for the UK Rome Prize for Architecture 2014-15 residency at the British School at Rome, where Furman spent six months exploring the city, its architecture, and its stories, sketching, writing, filming, animating, designing and making in response to its myriad stimuli. The project involved the creation of numerous narratives that evolved from architectural stories discovered within Rome’s immense history, each one being contained within a design that embodied the story’s specific characteristics. In the tradition of the Grand Tour’s take-away items of architectural recollection, these were all turned into domestically-scaled building ‘souvenirs’ in ceramic that were combined together at the conclusion of the project to form a Roman Souvenir ‘City in Ceramics’ for the final UK Rome Prize for Architecture Exhibition in 2015. The pieces were made with two techniques, using additive 3D printing in earthenware, as well as being slip-cast in porcelain, using 3D-printed molds. The larger of the pieces are among the most complex to have yet been produced using the additive ceramic 3D-printing technique.

Adam Nathaniel Furman held the UK Rome Prize for Architecture 2014-15 residency at the British School at Rome

The Quest by Strom Architects

Architects' models

A model for a cantilevered house in Swanage which recently completed. 

Model village by pH+

Architects' models

pH+ use models for the majority of their design decisions, meaning that its constantly evolving collection is showcased as a ‘model village’ in the practice’s East London office. 

Circus Street by ShedKM

Architects' models

Manufactured from Brighton driftwood, ShedKM’s model for Brighton’s Circus Street won the practice the job. 

Park Hill by OS31

Architects' models

A model crafted by OS31 partner Matt Pearson for some work we did on Park Hill before Christmas. It explores the use of one of the courtyard spaces. 

Quarry Road by Re-Format

Architects' models

Three contemporary townhouses in the St Giles Hill area of Winchester for Hazeley Developments. The scheme is on a steeply sloping site and the homes are cut into the hillside so a model helped to explain this. 

Children’s literature museum by Karl Jefferson

Architects' museum

A material study for a children’s literature museum. The model was an attempt to replicate the aesthetic of cloth-bound, gilded Victorian children’s books in the fabric of a building. 

Karl Jefferson is a MArch student at Northumbria University

Pavilion studies by Jessie St Clair

Architects' models

A series of spatial studies for a series of small pavilions/follies. Unconditioned spaces of secrecy and sanctuary that you could accidentally wander into when walking through the park.

Jessie St Clair is a third year architecture student at the University of Nottingham

Helix by James Donegan

Architects' models

A paper helix designed for the Redefining Paper project. ‘Helix’ is a smaller version of an idea for a full gallery installation, working with the principles of modular construction. 

James Donegan is an architecture student based in Manchester

Mites by Gem Barton

Mites by Gem Barton

A quick and dirty experiment into architecture and identity, its expression, cohesion and transference between creator and creation. You are more than your creations. Your creations are more than you…

Gem Barton is a course leader for the BA(Hons) interior architecture course at the University of Brighton

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