Assessment 2A Model and Scale

Slabs and columns and spatial loops (OMA)

OMA — Jussieu library
OMA — Jussieu Library draft model

The technique I have chosen for my model is slabs and columns and spatial loops (OMA). OMA (Office of metropolitan architecture), it is an architectural firm operates by Rem Koolhaas who is a Dutch architecture. In most of OMA’s works, instead of stacking all levels upon another one as other buildings did, OMA developed their idea which is by connecting every levels together, creates an overview of a single and vertical lining structure. Moreover, OMA’s concept of creating invisible walls is then to highlight the interior space and the structure of the building. Although there are no façades in OMA’s work, it can still represent its structure as a volume.

In relation of OMA’s Jussieu Library, I have chosen the MCA gallery as my transformation model. I have developed five iterations model from the draft to the final. In my first iteration model, I used colour papers as my material since I thought it will be easier to handle the curves with slabs and columns. However, I changed into balsa wood from the second one until my final. Furthermore, I connected the stairs in between the levels so that they are connected to each other which as similar as OMA’s concept. Unfortunately, I had problems on adding a certain numbers of floor therefore I minimise it from 4 levels to only 3 in the final model, Ground floor, level 1, level 2 and a café on the top level.

Figure 1: First draft model with colour papers. Photo: Joanne Lee (2016)
Figure 2: Second draft model with balsa wood. Photo: Joanne Lee (2016)
Figure 3: Third draft model with balsa wood. Photo: Joanne Lee (2016)
Figure 4: Forth draft model with balsa wood, Photo: Joanne Lee (2016)
Figure 5: Final model with balsa wood. Photo: Joanne Lee (2016)
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