Amazing Architectural Model Making Projects in Kuwait by RJ Models
Introduction of RJ Models:
Located in the northeastern part of the Arabian Peninsula in Western Asia, Kuwait is rich in oil and gas resources, and due to the unique climatic conditions of the desert, the architectural style is distinguished from other countries.
Architects express their creativity in this affluent Middle Eastern country, and because of the abundance of funds, they are less economically constrained, so this place is recognized as the designer’s paradise.
However, due to the unique shape and construction of the building, high requirements and challenges are imposed on the architectural model making in Kuwait.
Many traditional techniques and materials are not suitable for architectural making models in Kuwait.
Architectural model makers from RJ Models provide exquisite models for each project through continuous laborious experimentation and research, as well as extensive production experiences.
Whether it’s an urban planning exhibition, an architectural competition or a real estate sales event, every architectural designer is fully supported by RJ Models with its sophisticated architectural model in Kuwait.
1. Kuwait University Stadium Model in Kuwait
- Scale: 1: 500
- Size: 2000mm x 1850mm
- Production Time: 45 days
Kuwait University is developing a brand-new campus on a 5.2 square kilometer tract of land，which calls for athletic facilities including a sports complex consisting of a 15,000 seat track-and-field and football Grand Stadium and SOM is responsible for the design and construction.
The Stadium is covered by a thin shell concrete roof and the geometry in the form of a catenary dome was developed by the design team to optimize the use of material and span the entire arena.
The dome is further reinforced with a series of reinforced concrete ribs that frame the openings and allow for higher point loads at desired locations.
The structure for the Grand Stadium roof consists of a primary triangular steel arched truss spanning 200 meters and supporting the roofing system.
To accurately restore this uniquely designed roof, RJ Models uses CNC engraving and 3D printing to make each component and assemble each piece carefully according to the drawings.
Since the function of this architectural is for sports and exercises, model makers add blue track and light and dark green professional football fields in the stadium model and creating a more realistic scenario.
Silver material is sprayed on the roof, which is full of geometric aesthetics, and convey a metallic feeling to viewers.
The designers from SOM are quite satisfied with the entire architectural model in Kuwait, which has fully illustrated their design concepts, especially the exquisite roof, and cannot help praising model makers’ excellent craftsmanship and abundant patience paid in this architectural model.
2. Kuwait International Petroleum Research Center
- Scale: 1: 200
- Size: 2000mm x 300mm
- Production Time: 45 days
After has completed many significant projects in Kuwait, such as Al Hamara Firdous and Sabah Al-Salem Kuwait University, SOM is delegated again for another important project, the Kuwait International Petroleum Research Center.
The petroleum research center is in the Gobi; in order to adapt to the local natural landscape, SOM hides the building underground, leaving only a flat round roof on the ground.
The typical research facility prototype is linear, to improve the generic prototype, the spine is wrapped into a circular loop, which creates a vibrant mixed-use area at the heart of the campus.
The center of the circle is dropped a several meters to arrange the conference hall; the collaborative forum is surrounding the central hall with the discover hub covering on it.
Next to the main campus is locating the Mosque and these two parts are closely interconnected through lush vegetation and open space.
Architectural model makers add concentric annulus green landscape to match the architecture’s fundamental shape in Kuwait.
The entire model is made from a sectional perspective, not only clearly and intuitively illustrate the plans, elevations, profiles, perspectives, and main technical structure, but also vividly shows the unique character of the research center.
Strip white lights are installed in each floor of the architectural model, creating a noble and high feeling for the viewers; meanwhile, numerous white and black scaled people are put in the hall and the second floor, thus viewers can have a sense of the spatial scale.
3. Boubyan Bank HQ Competition Model in Kuwait
- Scale: 1: 100
- Size: 800mm x 400mm
- Production Time: 12 days
Boubyan Bank is the first Islamic bank to be established in the state of Kuwait and known for its provision of exclusive and unique banking services and products; creativity and innovation have always been the cornerstone for Boubyan Bank.
HOK, one of the global design, architecture, and planning firms and is dedicated to delivering solutions that inspire clients and communities, participates in the competition to build the new headquarter for Boubyan in Kuwait.
Innovation and creativity are in the cultural genes of both Boubyan and HOK, thus designers design a beautiful high-rise building with a unique shape.
The designers overlay parabolic lines to shape the entrance of the building and the podium, illustrating an elegant feeling in the front of the headquarter; the curtain wall surrounds the building and after certain angle rotating and bending, the viewers will find the plane of the building is heart-shaped when they look from top to bottom.
Architectural model makers use white PVC board, frosted acrylic plate and transparent glass sheet with texture to make the model, creating a pure and elite feeling.
The component consisting of those parabolic curves are carved out by CNC engraving machine first, then spliced one by one by hand, and finally use abrasive paper to polish the connection points, so that the final product can look like one piece.
Modest white lights are installed in the model, this low-key lighting effect makes the original luxury building more elegant and noble.
4. Al Ahmadi Cultural Center in Kuwait by SOM
- Scale: 1: 100
- Size: 800mm x 400mm
- Production Time: 12 days
Located south of Kuwait City in Mahboula, the cultural center consists of two 800-seat theaters, a 400-seat concert hall, lecture hall, conference center, as well as galleries for the fine arts and historic cultural artifacts with the vision to promote art, music, theater, and dance in Kuwait.
SOM makes a unique design to respond to the project’s program, climate, and site.
Since Kuwait is in the desert area, with extremely high average levels of solar radiation and temperatures, innovative and site-specific facades and interior design are required.
The roof with a plurality of arches filters sunlight into the building to achieve optimal levels for the display of art and historical artifacts while providing thermal mass to reduce cooling loads.
Model makers use 3D printing machine to make the tens of profiled arches and the spliced on the roof, which is also made by 3D printing.
The building is strictly geometrically symmetrical, so the model makers separate the cultural center from the middle and create the model from the perspective of the section, showing both the facade and shape of the building and the interior structure and decoration of the center.
There are wooden decorative panels on the walls of the theaters and concert halls; correspondingly, the architectural model makers make thousands of scaled wooden seats to ensure the harmony of the overall atmosphere.
The model makers design unparalleled lighting for the model as usual and when the lights are on, the light leak out from those arched skylights on the ceiling, which is particularly beautiful.
5. Climate and Culture to Islamic Architectural Model in Kuwait
- Scale: 1: 200
- Size: 2000mm x 1200mm
- Production Time: 15 days
SOM’s high sensitivity to climate and culture and a tribute to Islamic architectural traditions are the keen reasons for its continued development in the Middle East.
The design of this research center combines two important features of traditional Islamic architecture: natural ventilation and inward orientation; the circular plane is also a response to the traditional mosque.
Due to the strong sunshine and wind in the desert, the designers conceal the main body of the center underground, leaving only a very gentle dome on the surface, connecting the main building with the surrounding buildings through lush green vegetation.
The engineers design hundreds of visors on the ceiling to filter the sunlight and achieve the optimum level of light required in the room while reducing heat radiation to reduce the cooling load; this indirect natural light makes the courtyard and exhibition hall vibrant during the day, bringing the unique light-changing experience of the desert area.
Architectural model makers choose low-saturation materials for this model, no matter the green landscapes or the ground materials are all in line with the characteristics in Kuwait.
The main buildings are made with white PVC panels and transparent plexiglass, which highlights the elegance and grace of the center.
White lights are installed inside the architectural model, and on a dark background, white light emerges from the side corridors and the ceiling skylights, creating a spectacular scene.
Due to the strong geometrical nature of the design, the model makers standardized prefabricate the various parts of the architectural model and logistic department staff can quickly stitch the model at the exhibition site.
In addition to these completed projects, RJ Models still has numerous ongoing projects in Kuwait with many well-known architects and firms.
These architectural and planning models provide a great complement to the architect’s design work and competitions, allowing them to visualize their inspiration and ideas, and the viewers can intuitively understand the city and building in the future.
While providing service for the architects, RJ Models has also gained a lot in these projects, both in terms of production skills and international recognition.
Although there have been mass projects and nearly 10 years of production experience in the Middle East, RJ Models continues to improve its model-making technology and the whole process services and is committed to providing more comprehensive and better model services for the designers and companies in that region.