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WAY Studio Explore the Fun Side of Model-Making with a Series of LEGO Creations

08:00 - 2 June, 2019
WAY Studio Explore the Fun Side of Model-Making with a Series of LEGO Creations, © Way Studio
© Way Studio

Architects always find themselves searching for the most innovative ways of presenting their projects, going for elaborate models or Virtual Reality technologies driven by a passion for design, building, and creation. Perhaps this passion of architecture was triggered at an age earlier than expected, playing around with LEGO’s.

Now that LEGO has created an architecture-themed collection, the brand gave architecture lovers the opportunity to explore famous landmarks and recreate their structures with basic geometric blocks. Innovative architecture firm WAY Studio discovered the possibilities of model-making with LEGO’s and used its blocks as a design tool for a series of their projects.

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Detailed Sculptures Capture the Beauty of Brutalism and Art Deco in Northern Irish Architecture

10:00 - 10 March, 2019
Detailed Sculptures Capture the Beauty of Brutalism and Art Deco in Northern Irish Architecture, © Model Citizen
© Model Citizen

Northern Ireland-based architect John Donnelly has launched a studio dedicated to the production of finely-detailed plaster-cast architectural models exploring the diverse built environment of Belfast, Northern Ireland. “Model Citizen” was founded to promote public understanding and appreciation of the architecture and craftsmanship present in Irish cities, manifesting as an ongoing series of intricate sculptures.

Model Citizen sees its sculptures, available for closer inspection here, as a “mechanism to emphasize the beauty and significance of our built heritage,” translating art deco, brutalist, and internationalist styles into tangible, tactile sculptural objects that can be held, felt, and explored.

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Centre Pompidou Acquires 12 Architectural Models by MAD Architects

09:00 - 25 February, 2019
Centre Pompidou Acquires 12 Architectural Models by MAD Architects, Absolute Towers. Image © Fang Zhenning
Absolute Towers. Image © Fang Zhenning

The Centre Pompidou in Paris has acquired 12 architectural models by MAD Architects, depicting 10 significant projects undertaken by the firm. Each model embodies MAD’s core values that “look to envisioning a futuristic architecture that is akin to dream-like earthscapes – one that creates a conversation with nature, the earth, and the sky.”

The collection, permanently acquired by the Pompidou, represents projects developed by MAD between 2005 and the present day, demonstrating the evolution of the firm’s design process. The Pompidou has become the first major European cultural institution to acquire such a collection of MAD’s work, on display in an exhibition beginning in April 2019.

Clover House. Image Courtesy of MAD Architects East 34th. Image Courtesy of MAD Architects Lucas Museum of Narrative Art (Chicago). Image © Shu He Pingtan Art Museum. Image © Shu He + 13

These Crafted Bookends are Inspired by the Alleyways of Tokyo

11:00 - 4 December, 2018
These Crafted Bookends are Inspired by the Alleyways of Tokyo, © <a href='https://twitter.com/monde55212068'>Twitter user mode</a>
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Tokyo-based designer monde has created a series of bookends inspired by the narrow back alleys of Tokyo. As described by My Modern Met, the bookends convey the “dizzying feeling of wandering the city’s back alleys” through a mixture of laser-cut wood and lighting.

The results of the two-year project were debuted at the Design Festa arts and crafts event, where they caught the eye of outlets across Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Canada.

Our Readers Show Off Their Most Impressive Architectural Models

09:30 - 27 April, 2018

In many ways, architectural models are strange objects. On one hand, like drawings, models are a representation of something else—a building—that might exist already but in most cases is so far only hypothetical. On the other hand, they are miniature constructions in themselves, which can be appreciated for their craftsmanship and intricacy. Perhaps this is why architects find models so fascinating; they can be simultaneously admired as an object in themselves and as a vision of something greater.

Earlier this year, we asked our readers to send us images of their most impressive models, and the response clearly showed this fascination. We received photographs of a wide variety of models, from sensible and meticulously constructed miniatures to jaw-dropping expressive outbursts. From over 300 entries, we've narrowed down our readers' submissions to just 21 of the most awe-inspiring examples, splitting them into 5 categories to reflect the incredible range of ways that people have made their models worth looking at.

Pinecote Pavilion by Fay Jones / Model by Garrett Wineinger + Laura Leticia + Angelika Sophi. Image courtesy of Garrett Wineinger Type Variant House by VJAA / Model by Sarah Hefner, Ross Davidson + Zach Dawkins. Image courtesy of Sarah Hefner, Ross Davidson, Zach Dawkins Theater on Rundle Mountain / Dalton Kaun. Image courtesy of Dalton Kaun New Orleans Aquatic Center / Charles Weimer. Image courtesy of Charles Weimer + 90

Chisel & Mouse Recreates Miniature Architectural Icons Perfect for Your Coffee Table

08:00 - 7 April, 2018
Chisel & Mouse Recreates Miniature Architectural Icons Perfect for Your Coffee Table, via Chisel & Mouse
via Chisel & Mouse

Have you ever wanted a miniature model of the Flatiron Building, Burnham and Root’s famous Monadnock building, or even a 3D map of Amsterdam? Would you want to have your home transformed into a dollhouse-sized replica? UK-based Chisel & Mouse is reconstructing these architectural icons and custom pieces, and bringing them right to your shelf or mantle.