Kuwait Cultural Centre Architects - Mixity (Pierre Baillargeon & Rawia Baillargeon) Model Maker - Scales & Models (Ruben Marcos)
Materials: Brass etchings (Age effect with patina), Acrylics, maple and oak veneers, various paints, led lighting and a lot of laser cutting.
Much of the production time was also spent setting up cad and rhino files, flattening specific elements to be metal etched in brass and also laser cut in acrylics and veneers..
A few weeks ago I posted about this particular entry which I proposed to my clients… to apply for the Summer Exhibition! They did not take my proposal lightly and got involved straight away. I was pleased to see their enthusiasm. I did think the model could stand a good chance, but on very tough terms specially when there were over 12.000 entries for the show this year!! This only proves though that small architectural companies and even smaller model making companies can still provide top quality services giving them an opportunity to compete amongst the biggest and most well known architectural companies in this exercise. The message in this may be in the good hope of smaller companies that can still offer more personalised services VERSUS more corporate and impersonalized services which can result in creating concepts that fail to offer a true expressive soul beyond the visual eye candy aspects. I also genuinely feel that this particular model is a great example of marrying traditional approaches with technology, blending knowledge from different spectrums of creation that today still allows us to embrace the best techniques which both sides have to offer.
I was delighted to work with the whole team involved in this project at Mixity Architects, they were extremely helpful and positive towards building this model and I hope that I can keep offering my services to them and other architects that do see the benefits of creating a budget for model making not only for presentation but also for design developing purposes. The model making process within architecture should be seen as a benefit to any company and not simply a cost, it’s an investment that may offer them future contracts or helps them market or expose specific projects