Marché Saint-Charles - Parvis église

Saint-Charles Market – by LineBox Studio in Ottawa




Date of completion : 2017
Time for completion : 10 weeks
Scale 1:100
Dimensions : 36″ x 24″ x 12″
Materials : Linden wood | Acrylic | Russian Birch plywood | Plants | LED Lighting



The Saint-Charles Market Project is located in Ottawa’s Beechwood Village neighborhood. This project is situated on city block occupied by a historic church between Beechwood Avenue, St-Charles Street and Barrette Street. The model was commissioned by LineBox Studio to present the project to citizens and authorities. It was carried out in 2017 and its execution lasted about 10 weeks. The overall dimensions of the model are 36 x 24 inches for a height of 12 inches.

First, the model is at a scale of 1: 100. This scale allows to represent the church that occupies the center of the site with its architectural details such as the steeples. The base of the model was made of Russian birch plywood covered with a maple plating to identify the city block on which the project is implemented. For the building, linden wood was used to designate all cladding materials. Its texture has been worked to demonstrate the variations in the facade of the new projected building. This made it possible to standardize the aesthetics of the two buildings present on the site: the existing church and the new building with condos and thus support the architectural concept of a unified development where the new and the old occupy an equal place.

The glazing of the model was made of acrylic, because an LED lighting system was incorporated into the base of the model to illuminate it from below. Then trees, furniture and people add life throughout the project and help to communicate the project scale. Finally, the model is covered with an acrylic protection case and was delivered directly in Ottawa by

Visit the project website: Saint-Charles Market

Point Zéro – Real Estate Project in Downtown Montreal




Date of completion : 2012
Time for completion : 3 to 4 weeks
Scale 1 :100
Dimensions : 24″ x 10″ x 38″
Materials : Linden wood | Acrylic | Russian Birch plywood



This model present the first iteration of the Point-Zéro tower project in Montreal. It is located in the downtown area at the corner of Bleury and René-Lévesque streets. This building dedicated to luxury condos and hotel was composed of an existing hotel on top of which was added an almond shaped tower. Karl Fischer Architect ordered this model in order to present the project’s development to Point-Zéro. The model was made in 2012 and its fabrication lasted between 8 to 10 weeks. Its overall dimensions are 20 x 10 inches for an overall height of 38 inches.

First, the model, all elements of which are fixed, is at a scale of 1:100. This scale makes it possible to precisely visualize how the the tower will establish it sell over the existing building. Despite the possibility of having a significant amount of detail at the chosen scale, this model is fairly basic and rather presents the essence of the project in its work of volumetry and composition of facades.

The main materials chosen for this model are molded acrylic which represents the glazed portions of the project and wood. Also, the acrylic was sandblasted to obstruct the view of the inside of the model that was not made in detail. The wood is presented gross and illustrates in a simplified way the structure and the envelope of the project as well as the neighboring building. In addition, the base has been made of a massive linden wood block and illustrates the topographic context in which the project is implemented.

Finally, the model is protected by a transparent acrylic case.

La Catherine Condominium - Maquette exposée au bureau de vente

La Catherine Condominiums by Groupe Gabriel




Date of completion : 2014
Time for completion : 6 to 8 weeks
Scale 1 :100
Dimensions : 24″ x 30″ x 26″
Materials : Styrene | Acrylic | Linden wood | Russian birch plywood | Plants | LED lighting



The Catherine Condominiums project is located in downtown Montreal on Sainte-Catherine street between Fort and Lambert Closse streets. The architect Fadi Coussa commissioned this model to serve as a promotional tool in the sales office of the new development. It was made in 2014 and its execution lasted between 6 to 8 weeks. The models approximate dimensions were 24 x 30 inches for an overall height of 26 inches.

First, the scale of 1:100 allows you to see the details of the treatment of the facades and the layout of the site in its context. The model presents the immediate context treated in an abstract way in order to maintain the focus on the new building.  Two types of materials were chosen for this model. On the one hand, the styrene-type plastic, which constitutes the entire envelope, for its plastic qualities and its ability to transmit colors faithful to those of the construction. On the other hand, the acrylic was used in a translucent sanded version for glasing. Then, to give the model the most realistic appearance possible, the envelope is textured and painted to imitate the look of the materials constituting the facades. Linden wood and solid acrylic were also used to represent the context.

The model was built on a 1,5-inch-thick Russian birch plywood base on which the landscaping and urban context are expressed through painted styrene sheets and dried plants. It’s base also includes a bottom LED lighting system that lights the tower. The model is hollow to allow complete illumination from below.

The model is also protected by a transparent acrylic case. See the realized project at: La Catherine – Project.

Chalet à Sutton - Proposition A

Chalet in Sutton – Exploratory Models





Date of completion : 2015
Time for completion : 1 week
Scale 1 :200
Dimensions : 18″ x 10″ x 4″
Materials : Styrene | Acrylic | Russian Birch Plywood | Cherry wood | Linden Wood | White Cardboard



Chalet in Sutton is a project for a cottage in the Sutton region in the Eastern Townships. This model was developed for the architectural firm Atelier-S. It has been used for the development and demonstration of volumetric options available to the customer. It was manufactured in 2015 and its execution lasted about a week. Its approximate dimensions are 18 by 10 inches for an overall height of 4 inches.

The model is at a scale of 1:200, which allows a volumetric representation with a minimum of detail. First, the base was made with a piece of Russian birch plywood. Then, the ground was made by stacking sheets of white cardboard of thirty-second of an inch each representing a line of topographic level. The pile thus formed faithfully presents the slope of the site. Several iterations of the chalet were made with solid clear acrylic, linden and cherry wood and styrene. Thus, each iteration presents a different play on volumes with arrangements of colors and varied materials. It’s all about representing the essence of the concept that guided the design of each of the options in an efficient and quick way to appreciate their differences at first glance.

The various chalets have not been fixed to the base, allowing the use of the model to try different compositions of development and make it a tool for discussion with the client. The materiality of the small volumes was a game of orientation on the site in relation with the public and private spaces and with the topography of the site as well as the surrounding landscape.

Article published in Les idées de ma maison available here: Maison secondaire au style nordique.

Marriott Hotel Model - Overall view

Marriott Hotel at Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau Airport in Dorval




Date of completion : 2006-2007
Time for completion : 6 weeks
Scale 1:150
Dimensions : 24″ x 30″ x 8″
Materials :  Styrene | Acrylic | Linden Wood | Russian Birch Plywood | LED Lighting



The Marrott Dorval project is located in Montreal, near YUL International Airport. Its design was entrusted to the Montreal firm Provencher Roy Architects. First, the model was commissioned by the architects to present the new project to the Marriott group. Subsequently, the model, which had been displayed in the US arrival area during construction, was relocated to the entrance hall of the hotel. It was designed between 2006 and 2007 and its execution lasted for about 6 weeks. The overall dimensions of the base are approximately 24 x 30 inches.

The model, all elements of which are fixed, is at a scale of 1:150. This scale allows to visualize the implantation of the project in the new United States terminal. The model also allows to convey the integration of the project with the large-scale work undertaken at the Canada-United States customs and border crossings following the reinforcement of security measures after the events of September 11, 2001. Moreover, the interior treatment of the model expresses as much as possible the great transparency of the lobby which is open over the entire height of three floors.

The main materials chosen for this model are styrene, because it has great plastic qualities and the ability to transmit colors faithful to those of the construction, molded acrylic and wood that was used in two ways. On the one hand, it is applied on the model to express its own texture, more than for its structural qualities. On the other hand, it is used for the construction of the context and the site to give a neutral aspect to the environment and bring out the model of the building. Then, all glazed part are made of transparent acrylic and a central LED lighting system is installed in the model.

Finally, the model is protected by a transparent acrylic box. To see the presentation of the project by Provencher-Roy

YOO Montreal Model - Lateral view

YOO Montreal – Inspired by Philippe Starck




Date of completion : 2014
Time for completion : 8 weeks
Scale 1:100

Dimensions : 22″ x 30″ x 40″
Materials :  Styrene | Acrylic | Linden Wood | Russian Birch Plywood | LED Lighting



The Yoo condo project is located in Montreal’s Griffintown neighborhood. Philippe Starck/Construction Chapam Inc. commissioned this model to be used as a promotional tool at the group’s sales office. First, the model is at a scale of 1:100. This scale allows to enter into a precise and rich level of detail.

The strategy was therefore to build the tower as a whole with a simple and translucent treatment for floors and with a very high level of detail for the ground floor. Indeed, it is in this part of the project that we find all the public spaces, the pool and terraces. The model also allows to visualize the link that will maintain the future building with the street. The shutters found on the periphery of the ground level required particular attention to detail and a specific building strategy.

The two main materials chosen for this model are white styrene for its plastic qualities and transparent acrylic which was sanded to created a translucent effect for the windows of the tower.  All other glass parts are made of regular transparent acrylic. Thus, the model is entirely monochromatic, but bustling with added vegetation, furniture and characters. The tower is placed on a base representing the immediate urban context in the form of simple volumes. Finally, the completed model is protected by a clear acrylic box.

Unlike our standard lighting strategy by the base, for this model the lighting is positioned in the upper part of the model to allow down-lighting. This design allows the visible interior space to lit in a realistic way.

See built project:


Dominion Bridge Model - Central plaza aerial view

Dominion Bridge Community Development – VillaNova



Date of completion : 2015-2016
Time for completion : 16 à 20 weeks
Scale 1 :500
Dimensions : 60″ x 120″ x 4″
Materials : Linden Wood | Acrylic | Russian Birch Plywood | Plants | Liquid Resin | LED Lighting


This model represents a 52-acre community development in the Dominion Bridge area of Lachine, Montreal. Development Lachine-East commissioned this model to provide a sales tool at the main office of the new development VillaNova. The model was designed between 2015 and 2016 and its execution took approximately 16 to 20 weeks. It’s overall dimension are approximately 60 x 120 inches for a height of 4 inches.

The model is at a scale of 1:500. This large scale makes it possible to represent all the planned development phases in a coherent way. It also allows to locate it within the city. First, the strategy was to build the base of the model with the context of insertion of the project which included the surrounding neighborhoods and a part of the Lachine Canal. Then, the buildings surrounding the project were represented in linden wood in a simplified way to emphasize the project itself while offering a realistic integration in the city.

Conversely, the new buildings were made of sanded acrylic blocks surmounted by linden wood roofs. This made it possible to illuminate them with strips of LED bulbs through openings made in the Russian birch plywood base. In addition, their illumination gives them an appearance that contrasts with the rest of the model.

The entire new development is bustling with the addition of vegetation that helps to give clients insight into the character of real estate development as well as extensive landscaping in the area. Finally, the Lachine Canal and Lac Saint-Louis were painted and highlighted with the use of liquid resin to give depth and some reflections similar to water as well as distinguish them from other surfaces (see:

Jenkins Neighborhood Model - Facade details

Jenkins Neighborhood – Model for VillaNova




Date of completion : 2015-2016
Time for completion: 16 à 20 weeks

Scale 1 :200
Dimensions : 48″ x 72″ x 6″
Materials : Styrene | Linden Wood | Russian Birch Plywood | Plants


The Jenkins neighborhood presents the first implementation phase of a vast community development in the Lachine sector of Montreal. Development Lachine-East commissioned this model in order to use it as an exhibit and sale tool at the new VillaNova development sales office. The model was designed between 2015 and 2016 and its execution lasted approximately 16 to 20 weeks. Its overall dimensions are roughly 48 x 72 inches for a height of approximately 6 inches.

The model is at a scale of 1:200, which allows to enter a precise level of detail while presenting the entire development. We built the individual buildings by carefully depicting the facade details as well as the outdoor spaces adjacent to the houses. We represented the desired atmosphere inside the neighborhood in addition to the relationship of the buildings to the street and the surrounding context. The base was made of Russian birch plywood finished with a linden wood plating to define the city blocks. In addition, these are underlined by the landscaping.  Moreover, to emphasize the project itself, the buildings surrounding the project are represented in a simplified way. Their volume offers a realistic context of insertion in the city and positions the project in all projected developments.

The two main materials chosen for this model are white styrene type plastic for its materialistic qualities as well as linden wood for its malleability. The assembly of these materials, at times dyed, has allowed to create different textures of facades while maintaining an esthetic harmony despite the different townhouses, duplex and condominiums included. Furthermore,  the whole model is animated by the addition of plants, cars and characters that help give a real insight to the customers of the character of the planned real estate development (see: