Tuesday, February 9, 2010

I Beams, H Beams, Whatever

While a scale model of Enthüllung is not part of my proposed thesis I feel it's an important part of the presentation of the finished project. Without it, viewers are forced to rely on technical drawings and shots of 3D renderings which only give them the presented perspectives and show little of the actual space relationships of the house. A scale model that can be viewed from any angle will more fully express the ideals of the design.

I had been thinking about how I would go about constructing this model for the last two months and the support beams were an area of concern. At the desired scale (1:24) I needed something thin, sturdy and light (and also white) and I eventually settled on using a sheet of modeling plastic. I have to say, this stuff is pretty fantastic, you need only score it with an X-acto blade and it snaps right off. It's also easily held together by super glue. I'm fairly pleased with the results.

PS: In terms of my actual proposed project, The snow ruined my plans for shooting photos for the sections that have been laid out, but I should have the first two sections (21 pages) presentable by this monday and I'll be sure to post them here.


  1. It's great to see how you're thinking about this project. Clearly, you've been thinking about it from a personal perspective for a long while, but it's very well articulated for a new audience, too. As much as I love the snow, I'm looking forward to being able to return to class and see this progress in person!

  2. I think it's super thoughtful of you to build a model. This will make a concise presentation for your ideas. In the future you may want to consider a thin foam core or matte board for your structure. If you need to laser intricate cuts, you will be out of luck with the material you've chosen. I have a lot of sources for prototyping (including plastic and metal), let me know if you need help outsourcing! Great progress!