Country Residence Moscow Architect: AS. Architecture-Studio
“…Better than that the models are not accurately finished, refined, and highly decorated, but plain and simple, so that they demonstrate the ingenuity of him who conceived the idea, and not the skill of the one who fabricated the model….” Book 2, Leon Battista. De re aedificatoria. On the art of building in ten books. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1988, p. 34
it is in the spirit of Leon Battista Alberti that bauraum understands its trade. Whether it is a model for architecture, urbanism, landscapes, art, cinema or even the theatre as well as for a design or engineering prototype, bauraum seeks to express the soul of the project. Model offers a wide range of different model types
A multifunctional tool
The model is a professional tool that takes on multiple uses and answers to very different objectives. Whether it is an architectural or artistic project, the model enables to evaluate it in its three dimensions, to judge its effects, to check its very concept or its implementation as well as to trigger a creative conversation. At each project stage, the model is a chief communication and mediation tool.
The model is not only a simple representation in miniature of the architecture or the object it represents. Always delivering a message, it can become a creative object in itself. There are two main categories of models: those built during the process of project design and those representing a completed phase.
A few samples of models that we built during the process of project design:
The study design model is a research tool that enables its designer to judge his or her initial idea, evaluate its pertinence, fine-tune it or modify it. This model serves the purpose of carrying out forms’ research, details’ studies and insertion attempts within the location. It can be a scale model or a sectional model.
The study model or working model is aimed to control or calculate complex structures. It helps to elaborate the project and offers a prime work support between the architect, the engineer and the supervising offices. This can include aerodynamic or acoustic models or models for form finding as well as structural studies.
Susanna Fritscher, 2013, model for the exhibition
« promenade blanche / weisse reise » at the FRAC Franche-Comté, Besançon, France
The experimental model offers to the architect as well as to the artist the opportunity to study his or her project under different angles. A certain level of abstractness and stylisation reveals the connections between material and form. Such a model will sometimes be photographed or used in montages. The use of an endoscope will lead for instance the viewer’s eye where the designer will have wished it to be drawn. The experimental model can also serve interior design projects or facilitate the design of theatre set designs.
A few samples of models representing the final phase of a design process:
The model for a competition or a public tender, also called white model render, as the name suggests, is often white, neutral, so the jury is able to evaluate the architectural project within its three dimensions without being distracted by any given superfluous detail.
The sculptural model, more than a tool, is an object with its own artistic and conceptual existence. It is often built with noble materials. Sometimes carved from the block, it becomes a precious object, a fetish. Moreover, the sculptural model is perfectly fit to explore architectural or urban utopias. Often abstract, rarely true to scale, it interprets a reality or displays an ideal.
The prototype model designates the first sample – or one of the first- of a design object true to scale. It enables to verify the materials and the object’s ergonomic quality.
The presentation or exhibition model is probably the closest one to the literal translation of the project. Its vocation is not only to explain the architectural project but also to promote it. It is destined to seduce the buyers and decision makers. Spectacular by the way the model is illuminated, by the mimesis of the chosen materials or the degree of its precision and realism, it becomes a communication tool.
Everything is significant in a model: the scale, the materials, the colours and the production mode.
We select the materials that are the most apt to express the characteristics of the project and we propose the scale most adapted to its dimensions and the nature of the details.
The production techniques of our models operate with analogical and digital technologies, that we deem to be essential and inseparable. In our 100 sq m studio, we combine the use of traditional tools with laser cutting and engraving.
We counsel our clients on surface treatments and their effects. We give advice on materials, structures and colours, of which a wide range of samples are available to be viewed.
With our partners, in addition to the 3D printouts, we do stereolithography, etching technology and laser sintering.
bauraum Model organizes upon request the packaging, delivery of the model and its insurance.
bauraum assists with the installation of the model and offers an adapted service to the client’s needs (in the context of exhibitions, fairs, etc.)
Generally, the projects achieved by bauraum are photographed and documented by a professional photographer.