Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from B.15

Just a quick message to say we hope you all have a great time over the Christmas break and come back refreshed and ready to go next month. This year has been great for B.15  and we hope to continue this next year and beyond.

Cogs are already in motion for a significant and exciting symposium event we are hosting taking place on March 9th 2015, the details of which will be announced next month so keep your eye on our updates.

We will also be asking you to give us feedback on our workshop and any ideas you have for improvement. Again we will be notifying you in due course when the survey is released.

Thank you for all your support over the year and good wishes for the festive period. We look forward to seeing you in January (We will be re-open from the 5th) !

Scott and Jim


Runcorn Reprogrammed Master Plan, Constantinos Papaioannou

Year 6 Re_Map Student Constantinos Papaioannou has just completed this master plan of his study area looking at Runcorn. The model will be used as an overview of the entire site with more specific site study models to follow.

The model used a minimal amount of Laser engraved and cut MDF combined with site focus areas represented with red coloured acrylic and frosted clear acrylic.

Constantinos produced the model in just a day and a half. We look forward to seeing the next stage of the project!

Colwyn Bay Contour Site Model, Ketil Rage & Kristian James

Rather than using heavy and considerably more expensive wood to make their contour model, Continuity in Architecture students Ketil and Kristian opted to use grey board which saved them considerable time in cutting and money on materials.

Rather than simply engraving the outline of the building footprints it was decided to make each a more defined presence by cutting down into the contours and layering in a maroon backing.

Ketil described the project for us:

The model is part of our master plan for Colwyn Bay, which is our 5th year project. We decided to focus on the topography of the area as well as viewing the model as a figure ground map (with the buildings sunk into the ground), to aid our initial master plan strategy. The model will be ‘replaced’ by a 1:500 model now for our massing studies, so it was primarily used for our initial strategies for the town.’

New Modelmaking Reference Books in B.15

We have just received some new reference books on Architectural modelmaking for use in the B.15 workshop.

DSC03507You will find these books a great source of inspiration for your models as well as providing you with theoretical insight into model building.

An Architectural Model, Will Strange, 2013.

This book provides a graphic breakdown of materials, tools and basic theory about the making of an architectural model. A good insight for any student wanting to improve their modelmaking skills or understanding of the subject.

The following books provide a mix of theory and technical advice along with image examples to see.

Modelmaking: Conceive, Create and Convince, Arjan Karssen & Bernard Otte, 2013

Architectural Models: Construction Techniques, Second Edition, Wolfgang Knoll & Martin Hechinger, 2006

Packaged as part of a two book set, these books provide a wide selection of Architectural Model case studies and insights to their use from a range of practices.

Construction and Design Manual, Architectural Models books 1 & 2, Pyo Mi-young, 2010

We encourage you all to come a have a look through these books for some new project ideas!

Scott & Jim


Urban Spatial Experimentation project, 5th Year Project

5th Year Projects (6) This 5th Year group have spent the last few days putting together a 1:500 site context model of the area they will be focussing on for their individual projects. The project is called Urban Spatial Experimentation or U.S.E. The site in question is the Albert’s Shed on the River Irwell and the model will allow different proposal models to be placed in context as they are developed. 5th Year Projects (7)The model consists of several mixed media that are used to represent different aspects of the site. It was quickly decided that the offsite context buildings would be represented using jelutong block offcuts to reduce the cost and effectively put the massing of each building together. Building footprints were drawn out and placed on the block pieces which were then cut to height before being shaped and sanded to finish.

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The main base of the model is made up using 2mm MDF which was laser cut and engraved to create the minimal contouring on the site and provide the relief from the river section which was added last as a piece of black acrylic.

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The group used small seed pods from a tree to represent the trees across site. This technique was used last year by several students and can be seen in this project by Laura Minca.

Here are a few pictures of the finished model below.

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