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Centralia College

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Centralia College – Washington
Rovelstad Architects

An open basswood model of one of the Schools at Centralia College. This model was designed to fit in with a series of campus schemes.

Photography: Andy Rovelstad

Medical Scanner

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Medical Scanner, Seattle, Washington

A scaled down model of a Medical Scanner designed as a travelling sales tool. It features a fully articulated arm that bends in five different axes to demonstrate how it deploys and retracts throughout its full range of motion.

Photography: Alec Vassiliadis

Housing Competition

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Housing Competition – Alaska

A competition with a heavy bias on sustainability issues, the design reached the third stage of final 20 schemes. This scheme had at its core the reuse of shipping containers as house enclosure as well as water storage and transportation enclosure.

Photography – Roger Long

Boeing Wall Art Piece

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Boeing – Big Plane Art Piece, Renton, Washington

An installation using original wind-tunnel model pieces of a Boeing 737 from the early 1960’s including different landing flap configurations, tail pieces etc. The installation hangs in the entrance lobby of the 737 program at the Renton Boeing plant giving clients the full perspective of initial design through completion.

Wild Planet Adventure Toys

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Wild Planet – Adventure Toys, San Francisco

Working Model of illuminated binoculars for kids’ adventure/explorer toys by Wild Planet in San Fransisco.

Working Model of a personal microphone and loudspeaker for kids’ adventure/explorer toys by Wild Planet in San Fransisco.

Rotonda Piece

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Sir Anthony Caro – “Rotonda Piece”, London

Caro was interested in finding a new way to work where small scale plastic/paper models were built which led to 1/3 scale steel models which eventually became the full size piece. This new method marked quite a shift in Caro’s ability to think faster and more interactively; with his ideas flowing quickly and myself building them in front of him, they would progress and grow exponentially.

The full size “Rotonda” was exhibited at the Tate Gallery.

Photography: Alec Vassiliadis

Trajan Market

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Sir Anthony Caro – Retrospective, Rome

The Trajan Market in Rome formed the backdrop for the 70 year retrospective of Caro’s fantastic sculptures. The model was about 25’ long x 9’ tall and came apart so Caro could climb in and move the small models of his steel sculptures around to get them in the best location. This worked out very well as it was considerably easier to move small plastic models than a 6 to 10 ton steel sculpture. Caro was also able to quickly visualize which sculptures worked well with others and how the whole would thing would work in this most incredible location.

Interestingly enough the model was also exhibited on site and garnered a lot of positive interest.

Photography: Alec Vassiliadis

L’Oreal Competition

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Ron Herron – L’Oreal Headquarters Competition

The model really demonstrates the idea of hands holding precious crystals as the main theme in the competition entry for this adventurous cosmetics firm’s headquarters. The use of cold cast aluminum poured over a mold and then burnished with warm tones transforms the metal into a very tactile surface into which are set hard edged crystalline forms of acrylic. This dynamic illustrated Ron’s ideas in a very powerful way.

Photography: Simon Herron

SOM Telecom Asia Competition

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SOM – Telecom Asia Competition, China
A very small (4″ tall) model of an idea for the Headquarters of this Telecommunications giant in Asia, lit by a small battery powered LED. It came in its own visually impenetrable wooden box and unveiled at the boardroom table to much surprise and delight.

Repsol Competition

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Ron Herron – Repsol Competition, Spain
A competition entry for a Spanish Fuel Company’s new Headquarters. Ron proposed that the existing 60’s concrete structure be stripped and pared down to just the floors and columns. He would then inhabit that structure with a series of new program pieces inserted at various intervals.
Photography: Simon Herron

Reebok World HQ

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NBBJ – Reebok World Headquarters, Stoughton, Mass.
First in a series of simple models produced to guide the design intent and start to create a dialogue with the apparel designers that were going to inhabit the building.
Photography – Alec Vassiliadis

Pink Cloud Bus Shelter

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Ron Herron – The Pink Cloud Bus Station, Kyoto, Japan

Ron designed an elegant and simple tensile structure for this bus/train interchange station for an expo in Japan. Ron wanted something really cool and punchy for the tent colour and chose this vivid pink which caused quite a stir at the client meeting. Upon being asked why the pink, he replied that it symbolized the colours of a setting sun upon a cloud. His clients loved the idea and the colour was faithfully reproduced for the tensile structure which was then up lighted so it would glow at night.

Photography – Alec Vassiliadis

Topline, Bellevue

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Topline Corporation’s Headquarters and design center in Seattle for the design of sports shoes and apparel. The model has removable floor inserts showing offices, design floors and storage layouts. The layering of the inserts and the way the model is painted and organized tells much about Topline’s products and way of thinking.

Photography: Steve McConnell

Telenor Competition

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NBBJ – Telenor World Headquarters Competition, Oslo

Competition entry for a headquarters building that was to house 17,000 employees and be the Telecommunications hub for Scandinavia. Despite the overall design being well received, it did also take the larger scale model sent with the information to demonstrate that the cutting-edge design could be built quite easily with standard construction methods to seal the deal.

Competition Winner

Photography: John Lodge