Assessment 2A: Model — Scale
Jai Mohan in relation to Slabs and columns and spatial loops (OMA)
OMA (Office of metropolitan architecture) often tends to make floor plans connect and manipulate them doing so. This then creates a single trajectory, similarly showing of the interior as it progresses through the whole building. Instead of stacking floors on top of each other sections of the floors are made to connect with the floors above and below. Furthermore, by way of this technique, this enables a single trajectory of the entire structure. OMA would often use wood to build these models. Scale is an important factor as at the same time wanted to illustrate all aspects of these ideas but at the same time make the scale not-over power the beauty of the technique, technicality, detail and preciseness in the model.
In relation to my model, I wanted it to make it hard for myself and challenge the technique and notion of Slabs and columns and spatial loops by OMA. I decided to build a model based on the centre point tower. Through my first design to my last, there is a clear difference of change from the centre point tower from the start, being transformed to the centre point tower with adaption via Slabs and columns and spatial loops by OMA. I made the base structure with a cylindrical shape, running through the whole model, acting as a column. Furthermore, I would add discs to illustrate interior and act as slabs. I had problems connecting the floors above and below. It simply looked stacked floors on top of each other to me. I resolved this by slanting the discs as the each would intercept the end part of a disc to make it connect so there was a way of travelling to the next floor. These discs would be large in size, as that is how the centre point tower is shaped, and from which they would stay in size as the tower would progress up to illustrate the shape and structure of the tower. I tried to illustrate my model to the ones OMA had constructed. From making floors connect above and below, illustrating the interior and have a single trajectory and having common use of slabs and columns. I cumulated the amount of discs from each model to another, to see how it would shape up like, and then finally the last one having the discs being tilt.
Here are images of my model:
OMA — Jussieu Libraries Wood Model (1992)
In the award winning scheme for two libraries at Jussieu, a technical university in Paris, OMA radically reconfigures…oma.eu