Client: Glasgow School of Art
Model of the Mackintosh library at Glasgow School of Art. In May 2014 the Mackintosh building at the Glasgow School of Art suffered a terrible fire, resulting in the loss of the 'jewel in the crown': the Mackintosh Library. This model was commissioned for display at the art school while the process of restoration takes place.
The model showed the library space, which was over one floor plus a balcony, and the store room above, as well as the associated exterior walls. It was modelled in very fine detail, and full colour, and included the furniture originally designed for the space as well as working lights. Some of the details, such as the light shades and balcony panels, were manufactured using etched brass, and other components, such as parts of the furniture, were laser cut. However, most of the model was made and painted by hand.
The process started with a great deal of research; fortunately there are many photos of this space and some architectural drawings. The construction of the model was an incredible learning experience, as I saw close up the beautiful symmetry of the space, and the elegant, balanced structure. I also got to study the details - how each of the balcony panels was carved with a different pattern, the stonework, which from ground level is hard to appreciate.
The model can be viewed as part of the tour of the Reid Building at the Glasgow School of Art.
Client: 7N Architects / Kingdom Housing Association
A model in parts, showing the phased demolition and construction of a housing estate. Each of the five phases was modelled as existing and as proposed, so the pieces can be interchanged to show the progress of the development. The surrounding context was modelled using subtle shades and textures, while the proposed development was modelled using a carefully selected tonal palette. The new buildings were constructed using acrylic blocks with plywood facades.
The base of the model was also made in parts - it divided into three for ease of handling the model.
[Some images courtesy of Brendan MacNeill Photography]
Client: ICA Architects
A white model showing the architect's development within the context of the Old Town of Edinburgh. Their scheme and the immediate surroundings were modelled in detail, with simpler blocks for the rest of the buildings.
The area covered by the model is complex, with a height change of over 30m between the road level on Grassmarket, and that of Royal Mile. In addition, the George IV Bridge passes over roads adjacent to the site.
Client: John Dewars & Sons
A brief-led project to design and produce a 3D piece of work explaining the process of distilling whisky. Dewars approached me with the criteria that they needed something that was portable, which could be taken overseas to explain the process of making whisky to potential customers, and that would be more interesting than a slideshow.
At a visit to Aberfeldy Distillery, it was explained to me that the process broke down into 6 stages - Malting, Milling, Mashing, Fermentation, Distillation and Maturation. I designed a case with six slide-out sections, each with a model or component to describe that part of the process. Some of the sections had samples of barley or oak, and each was laser etched with further information and illustrations. The model used a variety of processes, but the overall look of the box was designed to fit in with the Dewars brand, in particular with the choice of materials: oak, leather, brass.
The Distillery Box was designed with duplicates in mind, and Dewars have since commissioned further editions.
Client: ICA Architects/Locate Developments
One of two models of a proposed block of student housing in Sheffield, instrumental in gaining planning permission for the scheme. This model showed the building in detail, with different material finishes illustrated. The model was built using a frosted acrylic structure, allowing light to penetrate through.
Client: Glasgow Women’s Library / Panel
Launched: International Women’s Day, 2018
From Glasgow Women’s Library is a collection of products developed through research into the Glasgow Women's Library archive and collections, curated by Panel. Finch & Fouracre was one of the six designers and makers invited to take part.
The Bridgeton-Women’s Library Sketchbook is a representation of the transformation of one of Scotland’s Carnegie libraries into the UK’s only accredited museum dedicated to women’s lives, histories and achievements.
On opening the sketchbook, the facade of the original Bridgeton Library of 1903 is presented in relief; as the first cutout page is turned, the transformed library is revealed, in the form of the iconic extension, completed in 2015. As well as the physical transformation of the building, this also represents the idea that women’s history has always been present beneath the surface of commonly perceived histories - something that GWL has always worked towards unveiling.
The laser cut pages were cut by Flux Laser Studio, the book bound by Downie Allison Downie. It is available to buy from Glasgow Women’s Library.
Client: ICA Architects
One of two models of a student housing development in Sheffield, instrumental in gaining planning permission for the scheme. This all white model showed the proposal in context of the surrounding area, including some listed buildings. It also clearly showed the dramatic height change across the surrounding area.
Client: FearnMacpherson Architects
A model provided with loose buildings, to be repositioned as wished. The palette of the model was with realistic tones, and some textures, particularly along the burn which runs down the centre of the site.
One of a set of two models for a large residential development in Vauxhall, London. This 1:1000 white model showed the development in the wider context, with the scheme picked out in frosted acrylic. The large parks close by were shown in a pale green. The two models now hang on the wall at the 3DReid London office.
One in a set of 2 models showing a large residential and college development in Vauxhall, London. The model was built in a way to indicate the various materials and finishes of the buildings, as well as some of the finer details, such as balconies and the college atrium. The landscape scheme within the development was modelled, while the context beyond the site boundaries was in white block form. The two models now hang on the wall at the 3DReid London office.
Client: 3DReid/Gleneagles Hotel
A model of a proposed glamping resort in Perthshire, to show the impact of the development on the location. Particular emphasis was on the differing terrain across the site, as well as the new planting that would be added. The cabins and teepees were shown as simple stained timber blocks. The model was given a more lifelike appearance with variation in the colouring across the landscape.
Client: ZM Architecture
A timber and acrylic model, using laser cut detail. The emphasis was on the docks, which were modelled in close detail, with colour for the heritage areas. The surrounding context was etched into the plywood to indicate the roads and building footprints. Proposed development was modelled in frosted acrylic, while existing key buildings are modelled in lime wood.
A full-colour model of Kingston Halls in Tradeston, with lights in parts of the building.
Client: British Gas
A brief-led project to design and produce four models to communicate smart technology and energy efficiency measures in different properties. Each property was of a different style and told a different story - a traditional suburban family home, a urban apartment for young professionals, a modern house with built-in features, and a cafe/bakery to represent British Gas Business Services.
Each model used lights to highlight different features. For example, the apartment model showed Hive Active Heating, which can be operated remotely. In the model, the button was pushed, which led to a hub/thermostat on the wall blinking, followed by the radiators ‘glowing’ to represent the heating coming on. In the traditional family house, a dial could be rotated to turn on more appliances in the house, and as they did the smart meter went from green to amber to red.
Each model had two or three buttons, or a dial in the case of the family house. I used a combination of LEDs, neopixels, and electroluminescent panels and wires to create the various effects. The models each had a small programmable circuit board, Arduino, which controls the lighting sequence, and these were coded with the help of the MAKlab. The models were designed as white models, with just a highlight in blue and a simple landscape in green, to mirror British Gas colours. The models are used at their conference centre in Leicester.
Scroll to the bottom of the images to see a video of the interactive elements of the models.
Client: Lloyd's Register/Communication by Design
A brief-led commission to design and produce a tree for use at trade shows by Lloyd's Register. The tree was to show the roots of the organisation in London, to branching out throughout the world, the process of developing and adapting to new technologies.
The tree was made of birch ply, manufactured using a CNC router and laser cutter. It was made from a number of components which slotted and bolted together, for assembly on site. It stands at 3.5m tall.
A landscape model of an area close to Loch Laggan, near Fort William. The client had a particular attachment to the area, and so it was essential to capture the various colours and textures of the site, and especially the detail of river. This included taking a site trip for photos and to get an overall impression of the area.
Client: Julian Harrap Architects
A highly-detailed white model of an existing house with proposed development to the rear. The model was designed for the proposal to be inserted once finalised. The irregularity of the building was carefully replicated in the model.
Collaboration with Another Studio
The first collaboration between Finch & Fouracre and London-based Another Studio. The brief was to develop a model kit of a Victorian style glasshouse, which could be constructed to then house a growing plant.
These kits are available from Another Studio, £25.
Client: Edinburgh Science Festival
A sectional model of the Grand Gallery at the National Museum of Scotland, displayed there as part of the Edinburgh Science Festival. The model utilised laser and CNC cutting to display the new technologies available to makers.
Model for the RSPB Loch Gruinart Nature Reserve visitor centre on Islay. The model measured 1.3 x 1.65m, and had 9 LEDs with individual buttons to identify different locations across the reserve. The red line indicates the reserve boundary, and there are also nature trails and information about wildlife marked on the model. The loch is tidal, and illustrated by the gradation in the intensity of the colour.
A timber and cork model with interchangeable sections to show alternative designs.
Client: Glasgow Science Centre
A model commissioned by Glasgow Science Centre showing their design for interactive features at the new Southern General Hospital children's ward.
Client: ZM Architecture
A timber and cork model showing a proposed brewery in East Glasgow. The model included an acrylic section for glazing to show the brewing equipment.
Collaboration with Another Studio
A series of stainless steel, fold-together models of buildings and landmarks from across Europe. Designs include the Pompidou Centre, Barbican Tower, Tower Bridge, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Brandenburg Gate.
Each kit pops out of a single A5 sheet of steel, and folds and locks together without the need for glue. We are regularly introducing new designs, and take commissions.
Available from Another Studio, £15-16
Self initiated project.
A facade model of the building on Glasgow Green. All the detail is hand cut and hand painted. This piece is for sale, please enquire for price.
Client: ICA Architects
A white model of the Finnieston area of Glasgow. The architects site is highlighted in timber.
The model featured some of the most prominent buildings in Glasgow, including the Hydro, Armadillo, Science Centre and Finnieston Crane.
The model used exposed contours, and back painted acrylic for the Clyde, all in white for a striking overview of this part of Glasgow.
Client: National Museum of Scotland
A renewal of the National Museum’s maglev train model. I was asked to replace the existing train, using the same set up, with something more modern looking than the existing train. This involved replicating the mechanisms as well as the design and production of a new train, which shoots up and down it’s track hundreds of times a day!
I also added some background images, and included a cutaway section to show the magnets beneath the train.
Client: ZM Architecture
Timber and cork model of Garden Pavilion development in Bellahouston Park, next to House for an Art Lover.
Client: NORD Architecture
Scale: 1:100 (1:200 site model)
A set of three models for NORD, showing parts of the Highland Housing Fair (also known as Scotland's Housing Expo). Timber construction with cork bases. The models were exhibited in the Lighthouse.
Client: Nimmo and Partners
A white model of a factory development. Though modelled just in white, particular attention was paid to the detailing on the building, as well as the levels and layout of the surrounding land.
A giant smartphone model with TV. The client had developed an app, and this model was to show a video of the app in action, along with the test component.