Architectural Models

Tangible Creative has extensive experience creating architectural models using FDM, SLS, and SLA 3D Printing methods.

Row 1: Project Ribbon: Reimagining Philadelphia International Terminal E

In Project Ribbon, the designers, Jasmine Gao and Tian Ouyang from University of Pennsylvania School of Design, are looking into the future with the help of Form and Force Diagram developed by Masoud Akbarzadeh. New forms can be generated through a different lens, and the results will be both structurally efficient and aesthetically appealing.

The current PHL Terminal E, as people may or may not know, was rated the worst airport in the U.S for multiple reasons: the dull spacial experience, poorly placed programs, indirect circulations etc. With this in mind, the designers tried to resolve the issues with an interweaving system: turn the airport into two parts, and merge them with an elegant flow.

The new PHL Terminal E, which they call it “The Ribbon“, features a spine that houses all the program space, and a gate system that engulfs the spine. Passengers will enjoy a direct transportation to the gates via the speed route system at the bottom, but can also take time to stop by the program. All they need to do is get of the belts and go upstairs.

After a series of test, the most agreeable form was sought out for this job, helping the designers arrive at the desired resolution. It brings together the best of two worlds: clear designation of spacial usage, and a form that is for this configuration and this configuration only.

Row 2: is an architectural model of 8777 Washington BLVD in Culver City, CA, created for Clarion Partners. The model was created using PLA and Resin on FDM and SLA printers.

Row 3: Harajuku Quest, OMA Architectural

This scaled model of Harajuku Quest was produced for OMA Architectural Design firm in New York, and designed by the architects at OMA. The project design itself was led by architectural design Partners Shohei Shigematsu and Associate Takeshi Mitsuda at OMA.

This model is printed at approximately 30x30x30 inches dimensional scale with movable parts, and removable steps that can be interchanged at other locations. The intention to have these models produced in SLA and highly detailed resin, allows the design teams, CEO’s and builders to view the building prior to construction. This is a pivotal step in the production and construction process, as it allows the lead team at OMA to view the designs in real time, in real life and allow for design alterations prior to a final blueprint.

This buildinh is specifically designed to allow for outdoor stair usage, and has an environmental atmosphere, with lots of external green space that ultimately move towards the inner and more weatherproofed areas. The concept can be seen in the rendering below, with humans interacting at the patio and terraces which cascade upwards at the frontal part of the building. The aim of this building is to have a fluid landscape that reflects the inner parts and outer environment, and is reflective of the natural world with trees. Vertical wall gardens which decorate the facade of the building. This building is currently under construction in the Harajuku District in Tokyo, Japan and will house a high end retail and dining experience. Within this free flowing setting which revolutionizes otherwise repetitive design spaces, the OMA team has lent its’ hand to a creating a one of a kind building within its’ concept, appearance and corridors.

To learn more about Harajuku Quest click here.