Amazing Architectural Model Making Projects in the US by RJ Models

Introduction of RJ Models:

Innovative design ideas need expansion and visualization to bring out their most comprehensive impact.

And the physical scale model is the most effective and eye-catching manner to illustrate design details in an efficient and engaging way.

Up to now, RJ Models has produced a branch of architectural models which became major construction projects for various US companies.

What is more, through close collaboration with clients in the US, RJ Models has formed dynamic partnerships and are looking for more cooperation possibilities.

Working with a variety of high-quality model making materials, cutting-edge machines, and equipment, excellent lighting design, and interactivity.

RJ Models has completed a great number of customized architectural models, both commercially and entertainingly competitive, for customers in the US.

RJ Models has also accomplished numbers of wonderful works to commemorate memorial US architecture or to be collected as a personal collection.

Our architectural model makers in RJ Models’ experienced and highly skilled professionals are able to come to the US to visit the site, discuss detailed schemes, and solve any model making issues, which to a large extent, helps to optimally illustrate and visualize the clients’ intentions.

1. 30 Hudson Yard Office Space Model

  • Scale: 1: 100
  • Size: 1050mm x 1350mm
  • Production Time: 30 days

As an iconic symbol of Manhattan’s urban development, the new planned Hudson Yard is virtually a mega-city junction.

Covering a total area of 28-acre, this ‘mini city’ accommodates various city functions like upscale office buildings, etc.

Our architectural model makers in the US were to capture the magic of overall design, with particular emphasis on 30 Hudson Yards skyscraper.

Designed by Bill Pedersen KPF, US, this 90-story tower will feature a dramatic open-air observation deck.

And this striking glass and steel tower will become the 2nd tallest office building in New York, US.

All the reflective building facades were reproduced using laser cut technique and hand painted to create glittering metal appearances.

And light and smooth model making materials were selected to simplify the working process and facilitate transport.

Willingness to follow the master plan design, our architectural model makers in the US have communicated back and forth with the US clients.

And then accurately crafted other stand-out models of new planned and existing structures in the complex.

The glazing curtain walls of the art center were made of Plexiglas to provide viewers a version of the interior layout.

Initially, the overall scale model has a very strong metal sense.

Our architectural model makers in the US discussed and seek out several ways to soften the effect.

Animated with miniature plants, RJ Models successfully created a distinctive silhouette of new Manhattan.

The leisure park, roof green landscape, and other mimicked scenarios gave vitality to the office model.

The viewers are able to imagine themselves within the model.

And our architectural model makers in the US can get an idea of the spatial relationship between the new development and the existing surroundings.

In a sense, this office building model that RJ Models made for US clients echoes the elegance and sole of the design.

Used as an assisted planning tool, this office building model provides the viewers a perspective of the new urban block.

Much appreciation and satisfaction are derived from the vraisemblance of the office building model.

And the US clients were very pleased with the display effect that the finished model generated.

2. Hearst Tower Model

  • Scale: 1:150
  • Size: 600mm x 465mm
  • Production Time: 4 weeks
  • Designer: Foster + Partners

The design intention of Hearst Tower was to integrate US heritage preservation work with modern architecture.

Norman Foster’s brilliant design was expanding the historical relic by constructing a dramatic soaring tower on top of it.

This provokes an interesting dialogue between old and new.

And it won the Gold and Platinum certifications under the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) programme.

Before commencing the office building model producing work, our architectural model makers sent an elite team to the US to visit the actual building.

Modelers prudentially measured and photographed the original six-story podium built in 1928 to fully capture the historical character.

And then our architectural model makers in the US recreated every tiny element, including sculpture and painting on the building facade using our in-house digital facilities.

The cast stone external wall was fabricated exactly corresponding to the materials and texture of the original structure.

Notably, architectural model makers use transparent Plexiglas for the ground floor windows and punched-out windows above.

This allows the viewers to appreciate the interior design of the historical podium as much as possible.

More importantly, it helps to showcase a marriage between classic architecture and modern arts.

For the structurally triangulated steel and glass tower, RJ Models used high-quality acrylic and ABS.

And painted the semi-finished products repeatedly create an arresting exterior building appearance.

The finished building model precisely matches the color and material specification from the US client.

Rarely has a scale model so successfully portrayed such a unique and unprecedented design.

For RJ Models, being able to complete such a high-quality model is a proud accomplishment.

The finished model not only fulfilled the US clients’ expectation but exceeded them to a great extent.

It adds new blood to the architectural conversation by showcase the historical exterior and modern synergistic skyscraper at the same time.

As an iconic replica of US’ contemporary architecture, this model is considered as a statement of peace and harmony.

3. Brickell City Center Shopping Mall Model

  • Scale: 1: 100
  • Size: 4000mm x 3000mm x 1800mm
  • Production Time: 45 days

This 1:100 scale model for Brickell City Center Shopping Mall was produced to depict the forthcoming mixed-use development in Miami, US.

The design intention of this ambitious project was constructing a high-end shopping mall in the dense area of the city.

Design by Miami-based Arquitectonica, US, the five-million-square-foot shopping mall features three levels of retail shopping.

And it will bring a fresh and modern urban lifestyle and sophistication to the downtown Miami, US.

Architectural model makers used laser cut sprayed acrylic, textured with laser engraving, to produce most of the structures.

Sculpted in the high level of detail and hand-painted, this shopping mall model also features a lifting function.

Therefore, the viewers can have a glimpse of the interior layout and have a preliminary understanding of the shop arrangements.

The posters, shop brand, interior decoration, recreational facilities, all kinds of goods were mimicked vividly to set off a new wave of purchase.

RJ Models also emulated other structures like the 80-story mixed-use skyscraper, to generate a complete scenario.

The most prominent feature of the model is the ‘Climate Ribbon’ rooftops.

RJ Modelers mimicked the undulating and curvaceous structures using frosted acrylic and light them up with LED lights installed inside.

All the roof canopies have etched texture and sprayed with a metal finish to reveal the unique design at scale.

Lushly landscaped esplanades is another memorable bright spot of this shopping mall model.

RJ Models selected specific tropical plants to represent the local environmental distinctions.

Figures and model vehicles were also added to act as a scale reference and to create a bustling commercial atmosphere.

The entire model was made in sections for easy transportation and display.

Completed with outstanding LED lighting and realistically miniature plants, RJ Models brilliantly brings the design of urban oasis to life.

The finished model fully absorbs the soul of design, and it is definitely an artistic expression of the design strategies.

4.  The Venetian and Palazzo Hotel Model

  • Scale: 1:150
  • Size: 600mm x 465mm
  • Production Time: 4 weeks

Inspired by LasVegas’ Venetian Hotel Resort, the Venetian&Palazzo Hotel was designed to be a flagship casino resort in the US.

Jointly designed by Aedas and HKS, the resort has a total area of 10,500,000-square-foot.

And it is the largest casino holiday paradise in the world.

The US clients were looking for a detail hotel model which gave a comprehensive and sophisticated feel of the proposed project.

To achieve this, our architectural model makers in the US worked seamlessly and overcame a number of model planning and design challenges.

Namely, how to highlight the new proposed hotel while remaining other landmarks standout.

The supreme master of RJ Models decided this model needed a hands-on approach adopting both cutting-edge techniques and hand skills.

RJ Models produced this scale model with an appropriate level of detail and well-selected color pallets.

For the key displaying area, even the smallest details are in place.

Other features like the romantic streets and gondola rides were almost emulated by RJ  Modelers according to the real thing.

These entourage elements together added interest and glamour to the scale model.

Perspex and clear acrylic were widely used to demonstrate the surrounding structures and environments, in correspondence to the blueprints.

Having a range of advanced techniques and creative modelers with exceptional skills, RJ Models achieve the desired display effect breezily.

This model was made prior to reveal Venice’s classic charming characters and US’s local architectural features.

And the final product is really a vivid effect showing.

It is genuinely attractive and compelling to the public and potential investors.

With added touches of lighting, this model pulls the viewers into the scene as they are walking on the site.

This hotel model is absolutely a masterpiece that came of modern art and architecture of US.

It associated the US clients in their design process, as well as in the project presentation.

They really appreciated RJ Models’ work and praised that we created an exquisite tiny world than many other US model making company.

Theme Park Model in the US 

  • Scale: 1:250
  • Size: 1600mm x 1200mm
  • Production Time: 4 weeks

This is an exhibition theme park model for an amusement park in the US.

The scale model faithfully restores the various facilities inside the amusement park for visitors and viewers can easily locate where they are and choose what to play next.

For different facilities, our architectural model makers install different color LED lights to match the theme in the US.

When the lights are turned on, the scale model shows the fantastic scenes the designers create for the visitors.

The model making experts put lots of efforts into details as usual.

For a different part of the amusement park, different tiles are used.

At the northwest corner of the theme park model, there are some sands to mimic the desert landscape, which greatly increases the richness and authenticity of the model.

One Post Office Square Office Building Model by Gensler in the US 

  • Scale: 1:400
  • Size: 500mm x 500mm
  • Production Time: 2 weeks

This is an architectural model for an office building with the scale of 1:480.

The minimalist principle is adopted in the production of this model and unnecessary decorations and sceneries are omitted to reduce the interference of attention.

Even though the building office model is just a present of the shape of the office building, the exquisite craftsmanship does not have any deterioration.

The four-sided curtain wall of the model is produced by CNC, which can replace the manual production process, speed up the making process, and increase the accuracy of each component.

RJ Models use only white and transparent materials in this office building model and conveys a modern and noble feeling at the first glance.

Lincoln Yards Master Plan Model by SOM

  • Scale: 1:750
  • Size: 2500mm x 2000mm
  • Production Time: 4 weeks

This is a planning model for Lincoln Yards in Chicago, the US.

The master plan is made by SOM, one of the top-level design companies in the world.

The master planning model is rectangular, and four different colors’ materials are used in this model, creating a contrasting but still harmonious scene.

The white material is used for the central and important main area of the scale model, gray for the surroundings, green and blue are separately used to describe green landscape and water.

Since the specific design of each building in this planned area has not yet been made, RJ Models’ architectural model makers in the US only crave the shape of the building and use different volume cuboid blocks to represent different architectures.

Master Plan Timber City Model in New York by SOM

  • Scale: 1:100
  • Size: 768mm
  • Production Time: 3 weeks

This is a New York City planning model under the request of SOM, which has completed lots of important projects all over the world.

After cooperating with SOM many times, RJ Models has become its master planning model maker with first-class quality and efficiency.

This scale model is placed on a circular base, and the entire model is made of woods, including the base.

Limited by the 1:1000 scale, each building does not have too many details, even the world-famous Chrysler Building or the Empire State Building.

Because of the high density of New York, there is a large number of buildings in the timber model, which is a huge challenge for the modelers, since they need to manually engrave them one by one.

The unique hard and sharp characteristics of wood make the model consistent with SOM’s style.

Broadway Elite LLC Perla Scale Models

  • Scale: 1:100
  • Size: 600mm x 400mm
  • Production Time: 2 weeks

This residential building model is for Perla on Broadway, in the downtown of Los Angeles.

The Perla is another luxury apartment in that area, so the overall style of this scale model is inclined to luxury and nobility, striving to create a consistent atmosphere for the client.

RJ Models adds abundant landscapes and scenes to restore the life scenarios.

There are roof gardens on the roof of the lower floors, which is going to be the main leisure place for residents.

Scaled loungers, swimming pools, and green plants are put in the roof garden, showing the life scene to the potential buyers and increasing the sale.

In addition, scale model experts in the US from RJ Models accurately restore the surroundings of the block according to other information, displaying the living facilities, landscapes, and transportations of the block.

New York Bay Master Plan Model  

  • Scale: 1:100
  • Size: 600mm x 400mm
  • Production Time: 2 weeks

This is a wooden model for the New York Harbor and costs RJ Models one month to finish it.

The scale of the wooden model is 1:1800, which means the unnecessary details must be omitted and attention need to be put on the overall layout of the harbor area.

There are hundreds of buildings in this wooden model, the relatively important buildings, landmarks, and some transport nodes are made of frosted acrylic sheets; the other buildings and roads are made of wood.

Whit color LED lights are installed in those acrylic building models, catching the viewers’ eyes immediately.

Striped white LED lights are installed on important traffic lines, with a strong sense of technology and futuristic.

This wooden model, because of its exquisiteness, can be used not only for research, planning but also for exhibitions.

COT Echelon Seaport Residential Building Model in Boston

  • Scale: 1:125
  • Size: 1500mm x 1200mm
  • Production Time: 3 Weeks

This is a residential building for the COT Seaport Apartment in Boston.

RJ Models’ experts present the living environment and facilities in that area, showing the clients and potential buyers of a livable and pleasant scene.

There are different heights in each one residential building, so a large number of roof garden has become a highlight of this apartment.

Buyers can choose a more suitable type of apartment because the model is three dimensional and better than the rendering stereo, which is more consistent with people’s cognitive habits.

What is also worth knowing is that for the façade of each building model, transparent acrylic materials are used in large quantities, not only demonstrates the designer’s intentions but also shows buyers the good view of the house.

2254 Site Model by KPF

  • Scale: 1:725
  • Size: 600mm x 800mm
  • Production Time: 3 Weeks

This is a planning model for the 2254 Site, which is planned by KPF, one of the top-level design companies in the world and dedicated to the integration of architecture and environment and the improvement of the environment.

RJ Models has cooperated with KPF many times all over the world.

The model’s base is made of wood, using the same material as the other buildings in the model. Darker wood is used for the buildings to distinguish between surroundings and the base.

For the central part of this planning model, a white plastic material is used.

For those buildings, the interior slabs, columns and other structures are still made of wood, while the façade is highlighted by white mesh structures, which are made by CNC.

Scaled trees are installed in the model by modelers one by one, because of the special characteristic of wood, modelers must be very careful during engraving and installation.

2807 New York Tower Office Building Model by KPF 

  • Scale: 1:500
  • Size: 200mm x 350mm
  • Production Time: 1 Week

This is a model for the 2807 Office Building tower in New York. The office building is designed by KPF, an old client of RJ Models.

This model is used for the research of KPF’s designers, thus unnecessary details are omitted to eliminate distractions.

One of the highlights of the design is the irregular undulating façade. To accurately and precisely reflect the intention, model makers from RJ must paste each piece manually.

In this office building model, only white PVC is adopted by modelers, so the client can ignore other tiny factors and observe the design and construction of the building itself.

Even the size of this model is just 200mm x 350mm, model experts still spend an entire week to polish each part of the model and make another excellent production.

Rock Beach Club Model

  • Scale: 1:100
  • Size: 1100mm x 800mm
  • Production Time: 2 Weeks

This model is for the Rock Beach Club in America.

The highlight of this model is the irregular twisted ring-shaped ceiling.

To precisely reflect designer’s creative idea, 3D Printing technique is adopted, which has the great advantage in making such irregular part.

Since the lightweight material is carefully selected in the production, the huge ceiling can be supported by a few thin columns, as if it was a floating ring.

Except for the ring part, buildings, and landscapes of the model all cut in the straight angle do not have any curve or rounded angle, conveying a tough sense and responding to its “rock” name.

The small lighthouse, at the edge of the model, indicates the seaside environment.

KPF 2826 Timber City Planning Model

  • Scale: 1:500
  • Size: 750mm x 450mm
  • Production Time: 2 Weeks

This is a master planning model for the Timber City, designed by KPF, the world well-known architectural company.

The design highlight of this model is that each part of the model can be taken off independently, leaving room to the subsequent planning and design.

Governments or investors can use the planning model to plan urban development or to find geographical advantages and make an investment.

In this model, buildings are simplified to cuboid block, speeding up the making process and showing the required content in a clear way.

Except for the several light green spaces, other parts of the model all made of wood and do not have any color to decorate.

Since the whole model is wood color, it conveys a natural and harmonious feeling by our architectural modelmaker in the US.

Biscayne Bay Residential Building Model 

  • Scale: 1:96
  • Size: 1200mm x 950mm
  • Production Time: 2 Weeks

This is a residential model for the apartment located in Biscayne Bay, Miami.

The most unique design of the residential building is that the façade is wavy, echoing its seaside location.

This design gives a great challenge to the model makers.

It is not possible to simply splicing each part but must be accurately aligned according to the drawings.

In this scale model, yellow lights are used for the streetlights, while white lights are selectively installed in the residential building, which vividly reflects the life scene after the lights are lit at night.

For the apartment, the scale model makers in te US only use white and transparent materials; while for the streetscape and roof garden, more materials are adopted to simulate the life scene.

SFO Residential Model

  • Scale: 1:960
  • Size: 3040mm x 2242mm
  • Production Time: 4 Weeks

This is a residential model of a seaside apartment and its surroundings.

The base of the model is a semicircular, irregularly plane.

On the one hand, it adapts to the curved design of the main building, on the other hand, unnecessary constructions are omitted to reduce interference and saving model making time.

The apartment has the oversized balcony and unrivaled sea view.

Our architectural model makers in the US vividly shows the usage scenarios in the future by adding a lot of scale people, lounge chairs and other sceneries, attracting potential clients to buy the apartment.

Model makers use a variety of materials to create this model and present a very rich usage scenario to the viewers.

The exquisite cutting and craftsmanship convey a sense of luxury, matching the apartment positioning

Conclusion

RJ Models has a proud track record in assisting clients in the US with a thoughtful and passionate approach in bringing outstanding architectural design into the physical realm.

Although RJ Models has won a high reputation in making a scale model for clients all over the world, our professional modelers will still keep up the pace of the design trends in the US, while upgrading production standards at the same time.

And we are fully capable of obtaining the best and optimal value for US customers’ investment.

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