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Amazing Architectural Model Making Projects in Japan by RJ Models

Introduction of RJ Models:

At present, the architectural model making in Japan is treated as an indispensable part of a design project for it allows spatial verification.

It is also valued as an artwork that interprets architectural culture to the people who are interested in.

As ‘hard work’ and ‘never give up’ spirit are the two most outstanding identities of Japanese, Japanese architecture is well known for its refinement and preciseness.

And correspondingly, most scale models made by architecture model makers in Japan feature extremely elaborate handcrafted details.

RJ Models produce great architectural miniatures with latest model making technologies, more important, with exquisite handcraft.

Nowadays, architecture model makers in Japan acquired a new model making knowledge and skills from the continent, which speeds model making process and improve the display effects.

With cohesive and creative team management and close collaboration, RJ Models able to make various types of models with different size, ranging from conceptual study model to high detailed marketing model, mainly depending on customers’ requirements.

RJ Models is the industry’s forefront leading architectural model making company with a vast portfolio of projects in Japan.

Our clients come from a wide range of sectors, cultures, and backgrounds.

With our excellent service, we have achieved outstanding and world-class architectural models through a highly collaborative, creative working method with our clients in Japan.

Our vision has always been to make the top quality architectural models and has allowed us to successfully propel many high profile projects in Japan.

Our architectural model makers believe that Japan is a country well known for putting a premium on preserving aesthetic and culturally conscious designs along with getting world-class service.

Time and time again, and as proven by our numerous dealings with our clients and various projects for architectural design companies in Japan, RJ Models continues to exceed these high expectations.

Ski Kiroro Resort Model in Hokkaido in Scale 1-100.

Located in Japan's northern island of Hokkaido, 2 hours drive from Chitose Airport, Ski Kiroro Resort was designed to be a well-established family-oriented ski destination, where tourists can find everything to maximize their relaxation, and easily fall in love with.

For the purpose to showcase the spirit of the new proposed project, RJ Models has been commissioned to produce two resort models, with a different scale, for the public display.

Before commencing the model making the process, RJ Models has referred to a great deal of related architectural drawings, site photographs, and history to ensure the utmost accuracy of the resort model, as well as to make sure that the final showpiece would flawlessly capture the essence of Japanese architecture.

Undoubtedly, the two five-star upscale hotel buildings are the bright spots of this resort model.

RJ Models successfully reproduced the real building facades and other unique architectural characters with excellent craftsmanship.

Most notable is the real stone look of the external walls. RJ Models drew the stone patterns with knives and painted them manually to create a more natural stone appearance and shadow effect between stones.

What makes this resort model more remarkable is that RJ Models spread simulated snow evenly, and then fixed them to avoid any fallout, while maintaining the natural beauty of the snowfield.

Also, approximately every miniature plants were sprayed by man-made snow powder elaborately before being placed to the hotel model, which, to a great extent, helps to create a more lifelike snow-covered landscape.

RJ Models paid an astonishing level of attention to scale model details.

This resort model features miniature upscale skiing and recreational facilities such as fantastic lift infrastructures.

Model makers used wire fixed on the metal post to simulate the ski lifts.

A part of the gentle ski run, which is relatively flat and perfect for novices and intermediates to learn skiing and snowboarding, was included in this resort model to give an overall view amenities and atmosphere of the resort.

Viewing a scale model is like viewing the real site from a distance.

Therefore, this resort model encompasses a series of tiny details like interspersed stone groups, outdoor furniture with cozy cushions, to increase the realism of the model.

To protect the resort model from any damage during the exhibition, RJ Models put on clear plastic barriers on each side of the model.

In addition, RJ Models also assigned a group of model makers traveling to the site to ensure the orderly installation of the final resort model.

Ski Kiroro Resort Model in Hokkaido in scale 1-400

The Kiroro Resort is an all-season resort destination in Japan which requires a vivid display to help generate sales and attract tourists.

Once again, RJ Models has been honored to be invited to build a smaller scale resort model to demonstrate the exquisite architectural design, as well as to show off the winter activities and add attractions to the newly planned project.

Created by a team of the finest RJ model makers, this 1:400 scale resort model is the other demonstration of Ski Kiroro Resort, which was planned to provide the tourists all over the world a very hospitable Japan Ski experience.

An excellent resort model always gives the viewers the ability to instantly understand the project.

With this in mind, RJ Models put all efforts, analyzed every architectural detail provided by the client and then mimicked all the design components of the project, including the quiet ski slopes and sophisticated skiing facilities to demonstrate skilling activities during the wintertime.

The buildings of this resort model were mainly made from wood and acrylic with a stone texture finish, which perfectly embodies the distinguishing features of Japanese architecture.

With hotel buildings and cable car station lighted up, miniature cedars, skier figures, model vehicles and plenty of entourage elements included, RJ Models brought the snowy nature of this resort model to life.

To represent the fine quality snowfall, as well as to depict the charming mountain character, RJ Models decorated the ground and miniature fir and cedar trees with high-quality snow powders.

The overall visual effect like architectural visualization of this resort model is in harmony with its snowy surroundings.

Together with soft and gentle lighting effects, and other ski resort accessories, the finished diorama gives the viewers a warm and welcoming feel.

This 1:400 scale resort model is perfect for resort entry display as the viewers are able to vividly visualize the resort and find the structure they are seeking, and indubitably, this model is far more engaging and attractive than a flat sitemap.

Shibuya House Model in Scale 1-80

Shibuya House Model in Scale 1-80

Our architectural model makers believe that all details, regardless of its size, are of paramount to bring the Shibuya House to life.

Shibuya, a city that lies in the heart of Tokyo and known to be a major commercial, business and fashion nexus in Japan, is one of our clients in our Shibuya House Model project.

RJ Models aims to embody this aspect of Shibuya House Model in order to truly present a Japanese architectural model with the original community spirit of Shibuya.

For instance, we leverage the spotlight to provide seemingly realistic sunlight shone on the residential building model.

Shibuya House Model in Scale 1-80

Our architectural model makers in Japan are made as reminiscent with cool white acrylic sheets on the external facade that filter the light and partially reveal the structure's contents.

This endeavor is very effective in our goal to show the top quality design typified by concrete wall structures along with lightweight and transparent mirrors that expose the fluidity and movement of their occupants.

Tenants are sure to enjoy the dynamic of fluidity and undulating structural architecture for the whole period of their stay.

The rear facade of the building is of ergonomic and modernistic design with the aim of providing an outstanding aerial view for the tenants.

Shibuya House Model in Scale 1-80

In addition, the location is strategically selected for tenants to behold the awe-inspiring sunset day in and day out.

Towering trees on Shibuya House provide more than beauty -- they increase the value of your home.

RJ Models understands that a well-landscaped yard is of utmost importance hence we look comprehensively on the landscape and how to showcase the visible features of Shibuya House, its landforms and how they integrate seamlessly with natural and man-made features.

RJ Models model making experts constructed the Shibuya House Model in scale of 1-80.

Shibuya House Model in Scale 1-80

The lighting provides an amazing outlook on the nearby properties such as trees, cars, and, most importantly, the people.

We placed life-like models of people to display tenants in their happy daily lives and enriching interactions with fellow tenants of Shibuya House.

RJ Models has proven to be an architectural model maker in Japan that is without doubt an expert in the 3D model making trade and hence we spare no expense and displayed an exquisite take on the small details from the spacious landscape, realism of people in their daily lives, 3D models of transportation and dramatic statements from the on-point lighting system.

Nagoya Office Building Model by KPF

nagoya office build model

It is an exciting Japanese architectural model icon by RJ Models.

Nagoya Office Tower is a unique concept – an entire city set within the magnificent metropolis of Nagoya, with views across the city's most prestigious neighborhood and majestic skyline.

Overlooking Nagoya Japan, Nagoya Office comprises four towers, stretching the boundaries of design and challenging the ordinary, with lush amenities and unprecedented lifestyles to offer.

Using the stringent design specifications produced by the client, RJ Models, a well-reputed Architectural Model Makers in Japan, compiled and exceeded all expectations.

For instance, the concrete walls, metal claddings, rooftops, translucent windows, were all constructed from cutting-edge materials and technologies enabling onlookers to intensively explore the urban office building model.

nagoya office build model

This office building model represented Nagoya's landmark skyscrapers with top marks.

This office building model represented Nagoya's landmark skyscrapers with top marks.

During all aspects of the project, RJ Models gave importance to the client's goal of a statement centerpiece that will showcase the community spirit of Nagoya through its skyscrapers and eye-catching designs.

RJ Models model making experts spent only 21 days to construct the final office building model which is well within the proposed timeline.

The Nagoya Office building model has a scale of 1:500 with dimensions size of 1500mm x 1400mm.

The project of New National Stadium Model by Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid, an award-winning architect famously known as 'Queen of the Curve' has personally enlisted our services through her firm Zaha Hadid Architects, to produce a 3D printed architectural model of her New National Tokyo Stadium Design in Japan.

A controversial winning piece, which won amidst hundreds of competitors, that showcases her devotion to timeless and curvy architectural designs.

We worked closely with Zaha Hadid on this model to ensure that her functional requirements and standards are met.

RJ Models have a deep respect for both Zaha Hadid as well as Japanese architectural design so we worked tirelessly to understand her goals.

The main goal is to have the new Tokyo National Stadium become more than a large sports facility designed for the highest design specifications and functional requirements.

It is a piece of the city’s fabric and an urban connector which enhances and modulates people moving through the site from different directions and points of access.

The elevated ground connections govern the flow of people through the site, effectively carving the geometric forms of the building.

The building volume sits gently within the urban landscape and is articulated as an assembly of the stadium bowl, structural skeleton, cladding membranes, and the museum, together forming an intricate structural composition that is both light and cohesive.

The perimeter of the bowl structure becomes a new inhabited bridge, a continuous exhibition space that creates a new type of journey for visitors flowing along the project’s North-South axis.

The stadium roof defines an iconic silhouette that integrates gently within the cityscape around it.

It is an intricate assembly of efficient long-spanning structural ribs which are spanned by a system of lightweight, translucent membranes.

This unique structure is a lightweight solution, where the stadium elevation graciously touches the ground, defining a clear approach towards the stadium entrances.

The interior of the stadium model is also given a clearly identifiable identity through the strong roof structure that contrasts with the lightness of the translucent membrane tensile structures.

We used variously advanced and cutting technologies for this project.

For example, we utilized 3D printing technology to accurately represent a scaled version of the stadium.

Another one is embedding LED light fixtures that brought radiant glow from the inner chamber of the stadium to boost the visual prowess of the model.

In just 21 days, we were able to complete the project well within the agreed-upon timeline.

With clear and detailed requirements, we were able to produce a 3D printed stadium model which earned her approval and recommendation.

Nihonbashi Office Building Model  by SOM in Scale 1-200

We had the honor of working with another project in Japan, Nihonbashi office building model by SOM, in their office building model set to be constructed as an Office Tower in Nihonbashi business district.

RJ Models always strive to provide top of the line architectural models and we religiously follow our procedures which includes effective communication with the client to provide world-class models.

Before starting the project we worked with the customer closely to learn their goals so as to give an accurate depiction of the architectural building model.

The office tower sets out to balance tradition and innovation and harmonizes with surrounding buildings.

The use of glass and granite cladding is “inspired” by traditional Japanese woodworking techniques.

Some parts clad in glass and steel, a nod to contemporary Japan and the Tokyo skyline in which this building will be embedded.

Having this in mind, we set out to give a perfect illustration using multi-coloring techniques to properly represent parts of the building such as facades, grey steel foundations, rooftops, and windows.

Our specialized team construed metal and glass with unique materials that give a metallic and glossy effect.

We constructed the scaled version in only 30 days earning top marks and reviews with SOM.

They were impressed with the highly detailed design and all their functional requirements were well met.

Fukuoka Office Building Model by KPF in Sclae1-200

Fukuoka Office Building Model is one of RJ Models' crowned jewel.

The Fukuoka Office building is particularly striking with its mathematical grids, concrete construction and exposed external wall panels and fenestration.

In addition, it is covered on all sides with lush seasonal greenery, making it an oasis of tranquility in the middle of the metropolis for all who visit.

The wide space surrounded by tangling greenery is a magnificent display of buildings blending with nature to create an epic landscape that adds value both to the tenants as well as to the environment.

With its minimalist yet impressive take on Japanese architectural style, Fukuoka Office Building is a sight to behold.

RJ Models, with the detailed design specifications the client has provided, utilized various cutting-edge technologies to truly capture the essence of Fukuoka Office Building.

Firstly, an up to date 3D Printing with only the highest grade of raw materials was used to constructing the office building framework.

Secondly, intricate color blending for the office facade and landscape was used.

Finally, LED lighting was integrated into the 3D office building model to bring the office to life with the vibrant and aesthetic lighting system.

RJ Models architectural model making experts spent 21 days to construct the final model which is well within the proposed timeline and dispatched to Japan.

The Fukuoka Office building model has a scale of 1:400 with dimensions size of 600mm x 400mm.

Tsukiji Memorial Miniature Exhibition

AIYO Café Scale Model

The Tsukiji Market is the largest fish market in the world, located in Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan; every day, a large amount of fresh fishes is transported from here to the whole world.

The day of the fish merchants usually begin in the wee hours, every day at 3:30 in the morning the three-generation AIYO coffee shop in Tsukiji Market will be filled with laborious merchants and becoming a paradise for them take a rest after tired work.

This old café is fully restored with Japanese Showa style in this architecture model.

Architectural model makers use a minimal way to make the interior decoration, trying best to avoid any destruction of the environment of this old café, and the bar is made in traditional and even slightly old woods to mimic the years of vicissitudes.

At the bar, architectural model makers add a set of dishes, a kettle and other tableware, so that after the hard work in the early morning, the fishmongers can take off their coats and enjoy a classic breakfast combination which is a toast coated with cream and jam and a boiled egg placed on the egg rack.

In this model, regular customers are enjoying the coffee and chilling with each other; the café has become a "camp" where they can enjoy a good time and comfort each other.

Sanji Shop

As one of the world's largest fish markets, the Tsukiji Market has about 750 fish merchants and 1,260 shops.

The Sanji Group is one of the largest wholesalers in the market.

In addition, to providing ingredients for Sen-Ryo, they also supply ingredients for Michelin five-star restaurants in Japan.

Through the model, viewers can see the daily work scene of the Sanji storefronts; they use computers and telephones to connect with clients and hang up the clock and post a lot of work rules and notices to themselves.

Architectural model makers make a vivid scene for the Sanji and customize scaled people to present their daily life; the worker is tying the headscarf in a spirited manner, out of the pride in professional inheritance, and the wholesalers put the best quality of products in the first place, just the same as RJ Models usually do.

Which is also worth noticing is the lights installed in this architectural model; under the lighting of the light bulb lit by the Sanji signboard, the various fish products in the foam box are more hygienic and shinier.

Even the tags inside each foam box, which are used to indicate the name and original place of the fish, are all presented faithfully in the model by experienced architectural model makers.

From the model, viewers can see the rich and diverse fish products, such as pond fish, squid, shrimp, etc., which are all kept with ice water and ice particles.


The famous tuna auction in the market usually starts at 5 o'clock in the morning and architecture model makers actually restore the place; the bidders are standing in the stands, and the auctioneer is standing at the center of the venue.

Model makers especially make dozens of different scale people with different suits to faithfully restore the daily life scene in the market; normally the regular customers can distinguish each group of wholesaler at the first glance of their costumes.

Unlike the usual architectural models made by RJ Models, model makers spend lots of time in the decorations and landscapes, and this set of models have abundant lively scenes.

From the model, it can be found that professional buyers are seriously involved in the bidding and use the notebooks they often carry with them to record the quality of the products in time.

Even in this tiny scale, the auctioneer’s high-sounding vocals matching the bidders’ secret price-communication gestures are fully demonstrated, and some of the bidders are using notebooks to block gesturing ticks; because of the freshness and high quality of the products, auctions are often completed in just a few seconds.

Transfer vehicle

The daily sales of fish and fruits in Tsukiji Market five times of the Fulton market in New York, which is the world's second-largest fish market.

Merchants usually begin to unload and display the goods from the early hours of the morning; after the fishing boats loaded with supplies stop at the port, the porters will transport them in boxes.

The transfer vehicle is iconic of Tsukiji Market, which is designed uniquely to fulfill the needs of rapid transit, and architectural model makers restore this vehicle in a tiny scale with the same material and color matching.

This distinctive vehicle is controlled by standing worker and foam boxes filled with fish products are neatly laid on the deck, usually, there will be other worker standing on the deck either to quickly loading and unloading merchandises.

The scale transfer vehicle looks fairly realistic and RJ Models’ experienced architectural model makers even stain the headstock to mimic the signs of use and aging.

The clerk removes the goods from the vehicle and the shopkeeper holds a handwritten board while making a goodbye to the fishermen which also symbolizes the ending Tsukiji Market after 83-years’ time.

Toyosu Market

The Toyosu Market takes over the functions of the Tsukiji market and provides a venue for the gourmets and fish merchants.

The structure of the signboard, the font printed on it, and the overall color scheme are exactly the same as the real scene.

Architectural model makers add warm yellow lights inside the signboard, which highlighted the bold print market name, symbolizing the rise of the Toyosu Market; for those regular customers, some of them cannot help thinking of the entrance of old Tsukiji Market, which carries in and out of more than 40,000 people every day.

In the model, a fish merchant and a chef are standing in front of the signboards of Toyosu market, expressing their respect for each other and the hope to begin new cooperation in this new market.

Just like the other models in this Tsukiji Market model set, this one is also displayed on a round base by architectural model makers, conveying a genial and amiable feeling to everyone who cherishes and miss it.


RJ Models, the undisputed and first-class model making company in Japan, understands the Japanese culture and architectural style more than anyone else in the architecutral model building Industry.

We have a proven track record of high-quality model designs and value-added service provided to thousands of clients in Japan through numerous collaborations for model making.

We know the importance of a high-quality model for your design in Japan and our ultimate target is to aid you in achieving your goals with the use of our most advanced technologies, industry-standard processes, and high-quality materials to produce models with the aim promote Japanese Architectural Model designs.

From all aspect of the project, we make sure that your vision and our model are always in sync to capture the desired model that truly represents the spirit of Japan.

We follow strict guidelines in our model making process that are in adherence to the Japanese architectural style and design principles.

In addition, we are a customer-centric and innovative company that works closely with the client in order to realize their aspirations while relying on our creative and innovative team to produce the expected model output.

This has allowed us to gain the reputation of a trustworthy and first-class brand as architectural model makers in Japan despite the high standards and time pressure delivery as evident by our many dealings with clients in Japan.


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