La Catherine Condominium - Maquette exposée au bureau de vente

La Catherine Condominiums by Groupe Gabriel

LA CATHERINE CONDOMINIUMS, REAL ESTATE PROJECT BY GROUPE GABRIEL DESIGNED BY FADI COUSSA ARCHITECT.

 

OVERVIEW:

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

 

DESCRIPTION:

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

EXPLORATORY MODELS FOR A CHALET PROJECT IN SUTTON BY ATELIER-S.

 

 

OVERVIEW:

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

 

DESCRIPTION:

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.

Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS)

PRESENTATION MODEL FOR THE CANADIAN HIGH ARCTIC RESEARCH STATION (CHARS) BY N.O.F.E. AND FGMDA ARCHITECTS.

 

OVERVIEW:

Date of completion : 2014
Time for completion : 8 to 10 weeks
Scale 1 : 100
Dimensions : 30″ x 48″ x 9″
Materials : Linden Wood | Styrene | Acrylic | Russian birch plywood | LED lighting

 

DESCRIPTION:

The CHARS project is located in Nunavut. The consortium N.F.O.E. and FMGDA commissioned this model for the presentation of the project. It was built in 2014 and its execution lasted between 8 to 10 weeks. The model’s approximate dimensions are 30 x 48 inches for an overall height of 9 inches.

First, the chosen scale of 1:100 allows to see the partitions of the interior spaces, the treatment of the facades and the exterior development of the site. The model presents four buildings, two smaller residence buildings and two others of larger proportions dedicated to research. Then the outdoor spaces are represented in a more abstract way using tubular structures and landscaped with a play on ground levels.

Three types of materials were employed for this model. On the one hand, styrene type plastic was used for building envelopes and the interior layouts. It was chosen because of its aesthetic and its ability to convey colors accurate to construction. On the other hand, clear acrylic, sanded, was used to represent glazing on buildings and linden wood was employed for simple details. Then, in order to make the model most realistic, the building envelopes were treated and painted to imitate construction materials that would be used on site.

The model was built on a Russian birch plywood of 1,5 inch depth over which landscaping was expressed with sheets of white styrene which reminds of a snowy ground. Layers of multiple sheets of one sixteenth of an inch represent the topographic levels of the site where small characters to scale enliven the model. Finally, the model is equipped with a LED lighting system integrated to its base.

See built project at: CHARS

 

Road Signal for Montreal-Trudeau International Airport

PRESENTATION MODEL AND PROTOTYPE OF THE NEW ROAD SIGNAL FOR MONTREAL-TRUDEAU INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

 

OVERVIEW:

Date of completion : 2015
Time for completion : 1 week
Scale 1 :30
Dimensions : 10″ x 14″ x 12″
Material: Linden Wood | Black Cardboard | Acrylic | LED Lighting

 

DESCRIPTION:

This model represents the signal project for the Montreal-Trudeau International Airport. It is located at the intersection of highways 13 and 520 in the Dorval neighborhood of Montreal. This project by architecture firm Pelletier de Fontenay aims to be a signaling light at the motorway entrance of the airport. The model was made in 2015 and its fabrication lasted a week. Its approximate dimensions are 10 x 14 inches for an overall height of 12 inches.

The model, all elements of which are fixed, was made at a scale of 1:300. This scale is well suited to a contemporary project with a minimalist aesthetic. First, the challenge for making this model was the stress management inside the materials to represent the desired twisted effect. In order to prevent the material from returning to its flat shape, a series of wood sticks was worked to embed the tabs that make up the envelope of the signal.

Therefore,the strategy has been to build a sanded clear acrylic prism that expresses the basic structure of the signage element. Then, the envelope made of twisted metal strips was represented with black cardboard for its high malleability, the twisting of the strips could not be performed in a too rigid material. The lettering has been scaled thanks to clear self-adhesive acetate prints.

The prism was installed on to a wooden base made of linden wood with LED lighting from below. Afterwards the model was covered by a protective case in clear acrylic. The built project is also documented on the website of architecture firm Pelletier de Fontenay on following page: ADM élément signalétique

 

Prototype Hitman Go - Vue d'ensemble

Prototype of a Hitman Go Level

HITMAN GO GAME DISPLAY MODEL – PHYSICAL PROTOTYPE OF A LEVEL – FOR SQUARE ENIX MONTREAL.

 

OVERVIEW:

Date of completion : 2016
Time for completion : 2 to 3 weeks
Scale 1 :50
Dimensions : 11″ x 14″ x 10″
Material : ABS | Plastics | Linden Wood | Russian Birch Plywood | Cherry Wood | Plants | Resin

 

DESCRIPTION:

This model representing the game Hitman Go was commissioned by Square Enix Montreal to be displayed in their offices. This prototype was made in 2015 and its fabrication lasted from 2 to 3 weeks. Its dimensions are approximately 11 x 14 inches for an approximate height of 10 inches. This model, all elements of which are fixed, was built at a scale of 1:50. This scale allows a very high level of detail and serves to represent elements with great precision. All the elements constituting the model were made to mimic those modeled in the game Hitman Go.

The construction strategy was to first make the base of the model with Russian birch plywood and paint it. Then all the details such as the character’s traveling path, furniture elements and vegetation were made individually and assembled on the base. Furthermore, the characters were printed in 3D with black ABS to be identical to the characters present in the game. They were then painted by hand before being placed on the model.

The resin was cast in place last to continue the outline of the model and maintain the aesthetics of a virtual game board. Afterwards, the model was placed on a cherry wood display flame. Now the model is advertised on a podium and protected by a clear acrylic case.

Square Enix Montreal has also produced an explanatory video available online on YouTube which presents the relationship between the virtual game and the physical model:  Hitman GO: Handcrafted Edition

 

 

Model Terminal Park Avenue Audi - Entrance detail

Terminal Type Car Dealership – Park Avenue Audi in Brossard

PRESENTATION MODEL FOR A NEW AUDI TERMINAL ON THE SOUTH SHORE OF MONTREAL.

 

OVERVIEW:

Date of completion : 2014-2015
Time for completion : 8-10 weeks
Scale 1 :87
Dimensions : 24″ x 40″x 14″
Materials : Styrene | Acrylic | Metal Grating | Russian Birch Plywood | Plants | LED Lighting

 

DESCRIPTION:

The Terminal Park Avenue Audi project is located in Brossard. This model was created to present the project of a new terminal type car dealership to Audi Canada. The model was made between 2014 and 2015 and its execution lasted from 8 to 10 weeks.  Its overall dimensions are approximately 24 x 40 inches.

First, the model is on a scale of 1:87, an industry standard (ho) because, this allows to have access to many quality accessories. Then, the entire model is generally opaque with some parts of translucent glazing so only the showroom is visible from the outside. Then, the cars, the furniture and the other main elements are expressed in order to give the most realistic and faithful reading of the project.

Two types of materials were chosen for this model. On the one hand, the styrene, which constitutes the entire envelope, for its plastic qualities and its ability to retransmit colors faithful to those of the construction. On the other hand, acrylic, in opaque version for the floors and the roof and in clear transparent version or sanded for the glazing. In addition, to give the model a realistic appearance, the envelope is textured and painted and a wire mesh is mounted on the styrene panels.

The model is built on a base of Russian birch plywood on which the landscaping and urban context are expressed with cherry wood veneer or painted styrene and a mixture of moss and dried flowers. Unlike a standard lighting strategy by the base, the lighting is positioned in the upper part of the model to allow downlighting. Finally, this design allows the visible interior space to be lit in a realistic way.

The model is protected by a transparent acrylic case. To see an article about the completed project :affairesautomobiles.ca

Bota-Bota Spa on the Water Model - Side view

Bota-Bota Spa on the Water by Sid Lee Architecture

PRESENTATION MODEL FOR THE BOTA-BOTA SPA ON WATER, A PROJECT BY SID LEE ARCHITECTURE.

 

OVERVIEW:

Date of completion : 2009
Time for completion : 4-6 weeks
Scale 1 :100
Dimensions : 24″ x 10″ x 10″
Materials : Styrene | Acrylic | Linden Wood | Russian Birch Wood

 

DESCRIPTION:

The Bota-Bota project is located in the Old Port of Montreal. Its design was entrusted to the Montreal firm Sid Lee architecture. The model was commissioned by the architects to present the project to their client and to demonstrate the relationships between floors, spaces and functions. This model was made in 2009 and its execution lasted between 4 and 6 weeks. Its overall dimensions are approximately 24 x 10 x 10 inches.

First, for the purposes of the presentation, the model was designed to be manipulable and removable. Its scale of 1: 100 allows a good level of detail. The construction strategy employed makes it possible to see partitions, counters and circulations in order to understand the relationships and layout of the different sectors. The hull of the boat was obtained by thermo-molding while the walls were laser cut to control the accuracy of the openings. Then, to allow a perfect alignment of the different floors during the reassembly of the model, the vertical circulations were fixed as anchoring cores.

The main material for this model is styrene plastic. It was chosen for its plastic qualities and its flexibility when heated which allows simple curvatures, and for its ability to retransmit colors true to those of the final construction. In addition, wood is used to express its texture rather than its structural qualities.Then, all glazed parts and vertical circulations were made of transparent acrylic. The mat black painted parts strongly contrast with the orange thermo-molded elements or the wood left in its natural color. The interior, meanwhile, is anthracite.

Finally, two transparent acrylic blocks attached to a wooden podium support the model.

To project presentation by Sid Lee: http://sidleearchitecture.com/

 

Marriott Hotel Model - Overall view

Marriott Hotel at Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau Airport in Dorval

PRESENTATION MODEL FOR THE MARRIOTT HOTEL AT PIERRE-ELLIOTT-TRUDEAU AIRPORT IN DORVAL.

 

OVERVIEW:

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

 

DESCRIPTION:

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 http://provencherroy.ca/

YOO Montreal Model - Lateral view

YOO Montreal – Inspired by Philippe Starck

PRESENTATION MODEL FOR YOO, A NEW CONDO PROJECT IN GRIFFINTOWN, MONTREAL INSPIRED BY PHILIPPE STARCK.

 

OVERVIEW:

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

 

DESCRIPTION:

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: http://plans.yoomontreal.com/

 

De Lorimier Docks Project Model - Aerial view

Mixed Use Development Project – De Lorimier Docks

PRESENTATION MODEL FOR A MIXED USE DEVELOPMENT PROJECT ON THE DE LORIMIER AVENUE IN MONTREAL.

 

OVERVIEW:

Date of completion : 2013
Time for completion : 8-10 weeks
Scale 1 :200
Dimensions : 24″ x 40″x 6″
Materials : Linden Wood | Styrene | Acrylic | Russian Birch Plywood | Plants | LED Lighting

 

DESCRIPTION:

The De Lorimier Docks project is located in the quadrilateral De Lorimier, Sainte-Catherine Est, Parthenais and René-Lévesque east of Montreal downtown area. This model was commissioned by Berthone Development Corporation Inc. and Nomade Architects to be used for promotional purposes. The project has a mixed-use programming of offices, businesses and residences that encompasses the entire block with a large garden space in the center of the project. The model was designed in 2013 and its execution lasted between 8 to 10 weeks. Its overall dimensions are around 24 x 40 inches of approximately 6 inches in height.

First, the model, of which all elements are fixed, is at a scale of 1:200. Because this allowed to visualize the whole of the project’s site in the existing urban context. The model also allows to appreciate the work of the different facades and volume variations. The buildings were made with a mix of materials: massive acrylic blocks for the core of the buildings as well as white styrene sheets in which patterns were cut to represent the composition work on facades. The rest of the buildings that constitute the urban context surrounding the site were made of linden wood blocks.

The base of the model was built out of Russian birch plywood on which landscaping is expressed through the addition of dried plants and flowers. The base also includes an integrated LED lighting system that is used to illuminate buildings from below. Overall, the model was made in a simple and sober aesthetic; linden and birch wood both being pale beige natural essences. The sanded acrylic buildings stand out from the rest of the context because of their plastic materiality, but fit harmoniously into the set of light shades.

To see the presentation of the project currently under development: http://bertone.ca/fr/nos-projets/