Historical models – for Pointe-à-Callière museum of Montreal




Completion date: 2018/2019
Completion time: 13 months
Scale: 1/50 for the first one and 1/100 for the others
Dimensions: 5 models of 11 ′ x 11 ′
Materials: Polystyrene | Plywood | Sand | Vegetation | Vegetable foam | Clay for characters



This project brings together five large-scale models retracing the evolution of the Pointe-à-Callière museum site in Montreal between the 14th and 19th centuries. From the native occupation to the expansion of the city in the 19th century, including the development of the village that Montreal was at the time. The models are realistic and include all the archaeological and anthropological knowledge related to the different eras. They are now installed and visible in the floors of the museum basement in a permanent exposition.The first model was produced on a scale of 1:50 to reflect the life scenes of the figures in clay, handmade, in accordance with knowledge of the time.
The following four models have been represented at 1: 100 to account for the historical evolution of life in the district since the arrival of the first Europeans.

As all the models were commissioned by the museum, it was therefore necessary to pay great attention to the conformity of the representation with the historical data. This concerns not only the illustration of scenes of life, the appearance of buildings, animals, but also of natural spaces.
In particular, it was necessary to respect the aspect of the water and the direction of the current, as well as the vegetation present at the time in order to represent the various scenes in a realistic way, from falling of trees, fishing, drying of salmon, hunting, to construction of buildings to the ornated architecture we now recognize as old Montreal.

La Presse Building – Power Corporation




Completion date: 2018
Completion time: 8 weeks
Scale: 1:75
Dimensions: 28” x 20” x 22”
Materials: Russian Plywood | basswood | Birch veneer | Acrylic



The La Presse building project was mandated by Power Corporation in 2018. The realization of this entirely hand- made model took 8 weeks.
The model, all of which is fixed, is at a scale of 1:75. This scale made it possible to achieve a rich and precise level of detail, both in terms of the representation of textures in facade and the surroundings.
Particular attention was given to the representation of the moldings and facade details, as well as to the layout of the public space and the integration of the characters. One of the major challenges of this model was the integration of the elements into the sloped urban setting .
The entire model was made of basswood on a Russian plywood base on which the landscaping and urban context were expressed through birch veneer. Only the windows were represented by opalescent acrylic , in order to allow the integration of a central lighting.

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 Maquette.ca.

Visit the project website: Saint-Charles Market

Bishop Court – Transformation of a patrimonial building by Atelier-S



Date of completion : 2015
Time for completion : 4 to 6 weeks
Scale 1 :87
Dimensions : 24″ x 24″ x 8″
Materials : Linden wood | Styrene | Acrylic | Russian Birch plywood | Plants | LED Lighting



Bishop Court is a transformation project of a patrimonial building in downtown Montreal. It is located in the area of the Old Port, at the corner of Saint-Paul West and Richard. The model was ordered by architecture firm Atelier-S to present the integration of the new lateral facade on Richard street with the overall building. The model was made in 2015 and its conception lasted for 4 to 6 weeks. Its approximate dimensions are 24 x 24 inches for a general height of 8 inches.

First, the model, of which all elements are fixed, is at a scale of 1 :87. This scale allows a good level of detail like the texture of the brick siding that make up most of the building’s facades as well as the moldings in masonry. Two materials have primarily been used to make this model. Wood is present in two forms: the base was made with Russian birch plywood topped with maple veneering to represent sidewalks.

Furthermore, linden wood was used to make the buildings. For the brick facades, the wood was then worked to imitate the chiseled aspect of the bricks and masonry ornaments. Two types of plastic were also used: the styrene, painted black made the new window frames for the facade on Richard street, where as acrylic was used to represent the glazing of all the windows.

The landscaping and the urban context are expressed on the base thanks to the addition of furniture, characters and plants. It also includes an integrated LED lighting system that illuminates the building from below. Finally the model is protected by an acrylic case.