A Sequence of colors and shapes in the space (ALBERS)

Josef Alber‘s Paper Models

A sequence of colors and shapes in the space was introduced by Joseph Albers. Joseph Albers was a primary teacher who basically used a single piece of paper to test the geometric shape of the material and color abstraction. A quote from him I found interesting is ‘ I have taught my students not to apply rules or mechanical ways of seeing.’

So when I made these iterations, I focused on paper folding and cutting paper. I decided to do 1 Blight Street located in Sydney as the model due to its simple shape design so I figured I can make something abstract out of that. I used 1 I used paper as the material because of its flexibility and to create solid forms that can bend. I used the same technique as Albers which was focusing on changing the shape to express the space geometric change.

As I progressed I found out these images are a process of an idea that is still in development. I ultimately decided the ones that scream for attention and demonstrate a distinct look would create for a more appealing reality in the world of architecture and the city.

  • My first representation is the original building with its standard form and no texture. I have decided to show the process of how the original turned into the final model.
bligh st.: original form
  • Next representation experiments on the penetration of light on a space and how a lot of natural light can change the form of the space. Through this I learnt that the geometric form of a building can be changed naturally.
penetration of natural light

Next representation taught me how I can use texture to separate elements in the space and how it can forcefully change the geometric form of the space. As i have experimented the separation between the walls and how it can effect the form through an abstract texture.


. This experiment taught me that cutting is the most efficient way for separation in a space and can unconsciously create a form of something similar in the world. As cutting was the technique experimented and how it can produce more natural lighting and expose the interior.



Josef Albers, En.wikipedia.org, [Accessed 9 May 2017]