Rethinking Models

SWS 2016
Instructor : Kireet Patel, Vicky Achnani, Radhika Amin
17 March 2017
This workshop was about capturing the essence of existing student projects (nominated for Archiprix 2017 – hosted at CEPT) and translating them into models.
Participants were immersed in an intensive process of ‘absorbing, interpreting, and translating key ideas through conscious crafting to provoke thought and architectural debates. Students were encouraged to look for and carry out a directed search for the Unknown, in terms of developing skills, knowledge and even a sense of thinking.’





P r o c e s s :


With access to the project brief and a set of six panel projects, each student read all the projects, coming up with a set of keywords that best describes the project. Then, a model is made using a strip of cardboard in order to capture essence of the project.


Through careful reading of the drawings, student understood the key elements of the projects and it rules for propagation, with respect to what makes this elements. Removing redundant elements to reach the absolute essence in the process of model making.




An analysis of visual information of the project and understanding geometry, proportion, light, tectonics into sketches or model dimensions.

D.Display Viewpoint

Designing the display based on the interpretations developed by the students. During this process, material and composition were carefully chosen keeping the viewer’s viewpoint.



Le Passage Du Sault by Luca Fortin

Le Passage Du Sault is a place dedicated to the dispersion of human ashes in which the dreamlike image of water is highlighted for its potential to convey meaning. A timeless journey to place where one can meet, but where no one can remain. For the living, it is the place to stop. While for a dead, it is the place to depart. A place where separated path meets but never cross. It is an invitation to immerse oneself in memories as well as a reminder of the circle of life of which we are a part. The project is located at the Montmonency river on the Marches-Naturelles hydro-electric power plant dam site.

Translated by Sahiba Gulati

Key words – movement, water in various states such as static, flowing, falling;

First impressions – Relationship between solid, void and liquid; balance and movement; a laying of geometry on free forms.

The model captures and expresses the essence of the design – which is not just water, but also its various states and forms.



A Walk around Music by Hannah Lasota

As designers, we are trapped in an artistic visual game, detached from culture, society and time, centered on rendering and photo opportunities and immediate visual impact. Architecture should strengthen our sense of being, our compassion, and our participation in the world. We must remember we are composers of volume, choreographers of motion, and sculptors of light and shadow.

Located in subterranean Detroit, The Sensorium utilizes the architectural materials of texture, scale, vibration, light, shadow and spatial sequencing — translated from the musical notation of The Firebird, by composer Igor Stravinsky, to evoke motion and elicit emotion. Through a holistic synesthetic experience, the visitor sees sound, touches the rhythm of dance, listens to geometry, and walks around music.

Translated by Avesh Ganchi

Key words – movement, dynamic, extruded, celebration of water, mechanical, clock, fluid

First impressions – Building as an instrument, a mechanical design which transforms into an emotionally charged experience

“Architecture is like a musical instrument” one of the sentences quoted by the designer is taken further. The space a person first enters through the mine shaft, ‘Dance of the Firebird’, is abstracted into a wooden piece inspired by a musical instrument. Qualities like depth, layering and connection of spaces are explored through different materials and techniques.



Badabing Badaboom by Jason Tan

The legitimization of small-scale gold-mining in Ghana is initiated by the Chinese government through a philanthropic gesture of developing the goldrush boomtown of Dunkwa. The building officially functions as a Gold Exchange and a Gold Miners Union, but not without an inevitable touch of illegitimacy by the opportunistic neo-colonials.

The Chinese insert hidden spaces within the Gold House that serve their immigrant population. These restaurants and casinos are inefficiently overloaded with air conditioning, which is orchestrated to leak and cascade into the legitimate spaces of the gold exchange and union offices. The conditioned air leaks again into the informal market space and is finally exhausted through the chimney, where the array of condensers that channels their hot air creates a negative pressure which runs the entire system.

Translated by Mahashweta

Keywords – transparent, perforated cube, conditioned air

First impression – intent was to bring out the character of perforated cube and grid pattern through the strip

A staggering of spaces in plan and section is shown in layers of vertical plane with copper metal sheet section and airflow through bending of copper sheet.