Assessment 02B — Model/ Scale

For assessment 2B, I’ve decided to use Josef Albers technique, “a sequence of colours and shapes in the space”. A sequence is defined as “a set of related events, movements, or items that follow each other in a particular order”. The site which I wanted to explore was the Macquarie Bank on 1 Shelley Street. In my model, i attempt to craft how the building uses simple geometric shapes as an exo-skeleton of the building.

The materials I used in my model all consist of geometric shapes, similar to the shapes on Josef Albers models. Whilst not being able to find white mesh, the black mesh still contrasts to the balsa wood interiors. An important part of the model is the whole in the centre of the structure. This whole is used so that i can shine a light through to show how Macquarie Banks exterior creates shadows during the day. In Josef Albers models, shadows are a important aspect in creating the simple geometric shapes (Picture 2).

Some of Albers work.
How shadow affects the geometrical composition (Picture 2)

Inspirations adapted from Josef Albers, my model comprises of linear and curvy material made with wire meshes and balsa wood. Following his abstractly composed models of “space”, my model mimics the conceptual essence. Hence Albers’ impressionistic teaching strategy in his career.

Below are the first attempts at my model.


For my final model, I ensured the construction was stable, and that the cuts were all straight and flush. I also used thinner balsa wood posts and created a rectangular prism rather than a table-like structure like the first attempt.

The pictures below are the final model.

Final Model Progression
Complete Final Model
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