Project Journal: Pier and Dance Hall Models
19th April 2015Since I have been home for the Easter Holidays I put off making models for a fortnight, with a view to making them after getting back to Liverpool. However, due to my hatred of boredom and having nothing else to do, I decided to go for it and build some.
Thankfully, making the models was a relatively straightforward task. As I have already completed the scheme's initial development on A1 pages, all I had to do was realise my ideas in 3D. This lead to a fairly intense few days of cutting and gluing, culminating in the completion of approximately fifteen models. The majority of them use greyboard and acetate, which I love working with due to it’s tidy aesthetic. I have found that making most of my models in SketchUp first before starting to cut results in consistent dimensions and less mistakes.
Easter holiday models. Photo by Barney SheppardThe first set of models reflect the evolution of the pier, representing ideas from my related portfolio pages. The pier form models were generally easy to make, since they are flat. However the structural models were much more complex due to the use of thread for the tension cables. These extremely delicate models are currently awaiting transport back to Liverpool in my suitcase, and I am praying that they will arrive intact.
Luckily, the dance hall models are generally more robust. The only corrugated cardboard model contains a stone to represent the dance hall, displaying my aim for the centre to look like a boulder that has been dropped into the pier. I have produced two ground floor plans to display the organisation of spaces, followed by a series of four 1:500 models that can be dropped into a scale context model to show how the hall sits in its surroundings. Finally, a 1:200 stack model shows how each level of the building interacts and how users will move between the spaces. These models are my favourite to make, since when complete they resemble a 3D jigsaw that is interesting to assemble and explore visually. There is also great satisfaction in getting each wall and element to join up perfectly.
I’ve found model making to be enjoyable since I have had time to relax whilst building. As a result, I’m pleased with the precision of the outcomes and think they successfully display my design process and intent.