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Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition Entry Accepted!

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


Princess Eugenie and Graham Hill House – RNOH Development in Stanmore

I completed this model in late April and thought that it's a good time to post some pictures. It is a model for a redevelopment scheme for the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore, London.

The buildings, amongst other proposes, consist mainly of residential accommodation for the Hospital's staff.. such as Doctors and Nurses working on site.

It was an honour to be involved in such project for the Royal Family! The project was designed by apt. Design Architects, who were very helpful and positive throughout the project.


Interflora Golden Prop Hat With Wings! (1 of 2)

Golden prop hat with wings made by Scales & Models Ltd:


Interflora Golden Prop Hat With Wings! – Production (2 of 2)

Early this year I did 3 prop hats for a florist named Interflora. This Hat was used in a series of promotional events.

It was made by carving the shapes out of "model board" and then sealed and sprayed in gold.


Hyperbolic Paraboloid – Sketch model studies

In the past few weeks I have made a sequence of these sketch models to help a student architect understand and analyse his own work. The drawings given to me were not 100% finished which proved slightly challenging to build the models accurately. But the purpose of the models was also to help the client to resolve drawing issues that he was having. The models proved very helpful to make him feel more assertive of what he was designing and enabled him to explore his ideas and concepts further.