Within architecture, the use of models allows for the exploration and representation of ideas in a medium that can be both expressive and efficient. In my assignment I have used a model utilising slabs, columns, and spatial loops for the space of One Central Park, a strategy which has notably been used by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA). OMA strive to be at the forefront of innovation within architecture and they achieve this through their almost excessive use of models in order to generate and articulate their ideas, whereby the firm will construct models for any and all ideas they can conceive for a design, after which they will refine and assemble these ideas into their final plan through constant revisions and combinations of their models, archiving any unused ideas so that they may be recycled in later projects. OMA utilise the technique of columns, slabs and spatial loops in the construction of their models in order to provide a representation of both the ideas and constraints of a design, displaying a more structure oriented vision of a design than other techniques and further allowing for better analysis and subsequent refinements of their ideas. For my model I attempted to emulate OMA’s revision oriented approach to design by generating ideas in different iterations of my model and then combining the refined ideas for the final model. The use of slabs and columns in my model of One Central Park allowed for the structural condition of the building to be visually represented, whereby the building is heavily segmented in its structure with these different divisions serving different roles, with the larger, more open and accessible structure at the bottom serving as a shopping centre while the more compact and secluded structures on the upper left and right of the building serve as private living spaces. I utilised dense card and balsa wood dowel as these materials provided both stability and a fair amount of malleability which were necessary in order to frame the structure of the space through this technique.
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