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Wooden Architectural Models

Because the wooden architectural model and balsa wood model building can bring the viewers a feel of vintage and classic. It is an ideal presentation tool that helps to highlight the rich historical background and culture of a project. Only very few wooden architectural models come purely from wood.

As wood contrasts very well with white acrylic, we often use these two materials together to highlight certain design elements. Due to the physical properties of wood, wooden model is usually heavier than those made from other materials like plastic.

Another significant drawback of the wooden architectural model is that it requires careful maintenance. This is because wooden products do not last long, as the color will fade if exposed to sunlight.

Currently, RJ Models uses wooden models and balsa models as sketches of the general design vision in the architect's mind. And it also helps to emphasize the topography and landform in many cases. Using high-tech model making techniques like 3D printing to model wooden buildings is much easier than using traditional craftsmanship.

Simple Steps to Work With Us for Wooden Architectural Models

Apple Stores Timber Model in Melbourne

  • Scale: 1:200
  • Size: 1400mm x 1400mm
  • Production Time : 14 days

Recently, Apple announced to open a brand new flagship store with a public plaza in Melbourne, Australia, at Federation Square. And it follows the instruction from world-famous architectural company Foster + Partners, which design the project. The initial objective of creating this wooden architectural model is to help the client study and develop an optimal design.

Although this wooden architectural model a mixture of wood, cardboard, and foam board, almost all structures have timber veneer finishes.

RJ modelers added elegant landscaping accents along the riverside, symbolizing life and adding more realism to this wooden architectural model. The final output perfectly portrays the overall design of the development plan without any tedious and redundant detail.

The whole wooden architectural model in Melbourne took RJ model experts around 2 weeks to create. It is mainly monochrome, aside from the river was painted light blue, and includes several blue spray-painted model cars.

Wooden Architectural Model of Beijing Master Plan

  • Scale: 1:400
  • Size: 1500mm x 1800mm
  • Production Time : 24 Days

This is a new project of SOM in Beijing, and another collaboration time between SOM and RJ Models. This wooden architectural model is made of wood.

Unlike models made by plastic and produced by 3D printing, wood models require the architectural modeler to sculpt by hand. It requires very exquisite craftsmanship, otherwise, lots of materials will be wasted.

The overall model is not colored. On the one hand, it avoids the problems of difficult coloring of wood materials and easy color fading under sunlight.

On the other hand, it also has a refined feeling, which can easily catch the eyes of viewers.

To contrast environments and buildings, this wooden architectural model uses two colors of wood.

In addition, the model uses a small amount of acrylic panels show the facade of the building. This makes the wooden architectural model more realistic.

The model tree chooses a less saturated color, which is more coordinated with the style of the wooden architectural model.

Modelers used reflective metal plates to represent the water portion of the design, vividly showing the water surface in sunlight.

Timber Architectural Model for Heart of Doha

  • Scale: 1:300
  • Size: 2200mm x 2000mm
  • Production Time : 30 Days

This is a timber planning model for a commercial street in Doha.

Doha is the capital and largest city of Qatar, undertakes the functions of the political, economic and cultural centers.

It is also a famous port along the Persian Gulf and an international metropolis.

Clients have higher requirements for restoration. RJ Models has sent several architectural models making experts to Doha especially to conduct inspections and obtain more accurate data.

Since the timber architectural model needs manual engraving, commercial street building facades due to larger scale as the biggest difficulty. Many details were necessary to fully express, not like other general planning model ignored.

RJ Models completes the entire timber architectural model with minimal loss and maximal accuracy to the model makers’ exquisite craftsmanship.

The attention to detail adds depth to the building and gives the viewer a true picture of the architectural masterpiece.

Dozens of buildings’ interior design and even the furniture details that model experts have nicely restored.

Furthermore, RJ Models add many scenery to the whole model, which also uses wood materials, presenting a more harmonious model.

Shen Zhen Jiulong Mt Masterplan Wooden Architectural Model

  • Scale: 1:2000
  • Size: 1600mm x 2400mm
  • Production Time : 30 Days

This wooden architectural model is 1:2000 scale and measures 1600mm x 2400mm.

The 3d models give a real sense of the place. The initial objective of creating this model is to give clients and viewers a comprehensive view of the area.

The project is in a mountain area and full of trees.

Based on the data provided by the client, the RJ modelling experts represented the topography with a stack of planks.

The architectures of the model are mainly pastoral, and the characteristics of the wood reflect the characteristics of the building subtly.

The whole wooden architectural model is almost monochrome. Only the "mountain" is painted light green and the "river" is painted light blue to imitate real natural scenes.

Hundreds of model trees, installed one by one by the model maker.

It enhances the visual impact of the wooden architectural model, making it a very impressive and memorable piece.

HO Little Mountain Basswood Architectural Model

  • Scale: 1:400
  • Size: 1200mm x 2200mm
  • Production Time : 10 Days

This is a master planning model made of basswood.

The intention of this model is to show their residents and other viewers the planning and design of the blocks.

We use green color materials to make the trees and landscapes. But other parts of the model, including buildings, cars, and roads are all made of basswood.

To create a slight contrast, we design a lighter color for buildings, whereas darker color for the roads.

The sturdiness of basswood makes it an ideal material for model making.

However, RJ's model makers were not satisfied with just completing the models based on drawings and dimensions. They also used different processes according to the characteristics of each building.

Large-scale buildings are carved from a single piece of wood to maximize the integrity of the building.

The model has the name of each street engraved in dark color, providing great convenience for viewers.

RJ’s basswood model experts finish the entire model in 10 days with high efficiency and accuracy.

2381 Projects for Wood Massing Architectural Model

  • Scale: 1:400
  • Size: 1200mm x 2200mm
  • Production Time : 10 Days

KPF is an internationally leading architectural design firm. It's dedicated to providing design services to public institutions and individuals in the areas of architectural design, planning, and urban design.

RJ Models and KPF established a partnership several years ago. RJM have produced wood architectural models for KPF’s important projects, including many landmarks such as Shenzhen Ping An Finance Center.

This wood massing architectural model is tailored for KPF but not for a specific project.

It can help designers to present their design ideas more accurately and directly.

The central part of the wood massing architectural model consists of seven separate building models. It includes low, medium and high rise buildings and open spaces, which can be removed and assembled on other models.

In this wood massing architectural model, RJ model experts abandon their previous techniques of finely crafted details. Adopting minimalist craftsmanship gives KPF’s architects maximum space for imagination and creativity while omitting unnecessary accessories to minimize distractions.

Bund Finance Center Wooden Architectural Model in Shanghai

  • Scale: 1:300
  • Size: 2200mm x 1800mm
  • Production Time : 21 Days

RJ Models manufactured the wooden model of Bund Finance Center for Foster+ Partners. This model is 1:300 scale and measures 2200 mm x 1800 mm. The 3d models give a real sense of space.

We used balsa wood to make this model. Wood gives a beautiful and natural feel to this model. To add depth to the model, we used several shades of brown.

Balsa wood building models have an integrated lighting system. This gives it a real-life quality.

The illuminated model looks extremely eye-catching and shows the impact of this architectural sculpture at night time.

We decorated the landscape around the model with a muted green to match the color palette of the wooden material.

The whole piece looks like a work of art because the model makers pay great attention to detail.

Wooden Architectural Model of Shanghai Business District

  • Scale: 1:500
  • Size: 1800mm x 1800mm
  • Production Time : 21 Days

The talented team of RJ Models completed the master plan model of Shanghai Business District in 20 days

This gigantic model is 1:500 scale and measures 1800mm x 1800 mm, which is the commission from KPF.

The balsa wood model gives a real-life feel of the city district. The team worked on every detail to truly depict the building masses. The sturdiness of balsa wood makes it an ideal material for model making.

The design of the landscape considers the color of the building material, hence it matches the hue of the wood.

We show the lake water in a soft sky blue, projecting its presence through this unique color.

The model makers gave importance to every structure of the district, from single-story structures to high rise buildings.

The model leaves a lasting impression on the viewer.

Wooden Architectural Model of Hong Kong Opera House

  • Scale: 1:200
  • Size: 2000mm x 2000 mm
  • Production Time : 21 Days

RJ Models created a model of the Hong Kong Opera House for Foster + Partners.. This model measures 2000mm x 2000 mm and has a scale of 1:200.

The choice of material was balsa wood.

The wood color gives this model a very earthy yet prominent feel.

The landscape design takes into account the feel and texture of the wood.

It enhances the visual impact of the model, making it a very pleasant and soothing piece to look at.

The attention to detail adds depth to the building and gives the viewer a true picture of the architectural masterpiece. The team completed this model in 30 days.

Other accessories like cars and scale people add life to the model. The colors of the cars remain the same and contrast with the model.

It creates a differentiation between the fixed elements like the buildings and movable elements like cars and people.

Heart of Doha, Wooden Architectural Model

  • Scale: 1:500
  • Size: 2000mm x 12200 mm
  • Production Time : 21 Days

Heart of Doha is the world’s first sustainable downtown regeneration project.

It aims to revive the city center with a new and modern architectural language that is derived from Qatari architecture and tradition.

Heart of Dohamodel is another masterpiece completed of RJ Models in just 30 days. This is yet another product of the everlasting collaboration between RJ Models with 3DR Models and Foster + Parnters.

The scale of the model is 1:200 and the dimensions are 2000 mm x 12200 mm.

This model uses two tones of wood.

We chose a darker color for the building and a lighter color for the base. The model of the adjoining area is to show how the building relates to its surroundings.

The building itself is so detailed that it takes the center stage in the whole model.

The building uses integrated lighting, which focuses on its fenestration and see-through quality. It also gives a real feel for how it will bring light to the surrounding areas at night.

The model also has some landscaping to depict the reality in its truest form. We designed the landscape on the minimal side so as not to take the focus away from the main building.

The green color of the trees blends in well with the surrounding.

Wooden Architectural Model for West Kowloon in Hong Kong

  • Scale: 1:100
  • Size: 1350mm x 1350mm
  • Production Time : 12 Days

This is a wooden architectural model of West Kowloon, one of the important commercial and entertainment centers in Hong Kong.

Surrounded by Victoria Harbour on three sides, the harbour is rich in resources.

In this wooden architectural model, we painted the surface of some wood models to gray. This makes the image of the buildings more diverse and more in line with people’s perception of this region.

The simplified facade of the building gives viewers a sense of the future.

RJ Models experts make the landscape with green and water area with blue to give a real-life feel of that district. This is considering the wooden model will be presented to clients and visitors to show the development of this area.

It enhances the visual impact of the wooden architectural model, making it a very pleasant and soothing piece to look at.

Even RJ Models completes this model in just 12 short days, there was a great deal of attention to detail.

The final piece looks like a work of art with rigor.

Timber Architectural Model, The Bund in Shanghai

  • Scale: 1:750
  • Size: 1350mm x 1350mm
  • Production Time : 12 Days

This is a wooden model for Foster + Partners to show their design and planning of the Bund in Shanghai.

Foster + Partners is the world-leading architecture, planning and design company.

The Bund is one of Shanghai’s landmark areas. The Shanghai government initiated the functional replacement work of buildings that near Huangpu River in 2018.

RJ model experts make this model by wood, which is a great challenge for craftsmanship because of its distinctive characteristics.

Even though, RJ completes the production of this wooden architectural model with very high standard and quality within 12 days.

The model is finished in a 1.3-meter square plate with a 1:750 scale, which is an ordeal for model makers.

Modelers not only need to consider the layout of the overall wooden architectural model, but also carefully craft each detail.

RJ modelers add elegant landscapes and scale yacht models along the riverside adding a more true-to-life touch to this wooden architectural model. The final output perfectly portrays the overall design of the development plan without any tedious and redundant detail.

Basswood Scale Model for 250 East, 57 Street in New York City by SOM

  • Scale: 1:500
  • Size: 1550mm x 1650mm
  • Production Time : 12 Days

This basswood scale model shows the 250 East, 57 Street districts in New York City with panning made by SOM.

SOM is one of the world’s largest and most influential architectural, interior design, engineering, and urban planning firms.

RJ Models has cooperated with SOM many times and won their full trust through high-quality models.

This scale model material is basswood, which is corrosion-resistant, not easy to crack, and has a fine grain.

These characteristics help model makers to fully present the intentions of designers and shape the unique basswood scale model style.

In this basswood scale model, RJ model experts take minimalist craftsmanship.

Unnecessary accessories, such as façade details, trees, and scale people are omitted intentionally to reduce interferences.

By using advanced technology such as laser cutting, this basswood model is completed very precisely within two weeks.

Basswood Master Planning Model for Dongguan City by Aedas

  • Scale: 1:1000
  • Size: 2200mm x 2200mm
  • Production Time : 12 Days

This basswood scale model shows part of a master planning for Dongguan City made by Aedas. Aedas is a world-leading architectural, design, and planning company with an international business scope.

Located at the south of mainland China, Dongguan is an important transportation hub and foreign trade port in Guangdong Province.

RJ Models makes this basswood scale model with creative and ingenious ideas.

The mountain around that residential area is presented in a minimalist way, i.e. sketching terrain changes by stacking thin planks.

The water area color from the usual light blue to dark blue, which is more consistent with the model style.

As always, RJ’s architectural model makers pay great attention to details. The façade of every single building is crafted exquisitely. Other accessories such as boats and trees are also installed one by one.

The attention to detail adds depth to the building and gives viewers a true picture of that area' s future.

Urban Planning Wooden Scale Model of Wan Chai District in Hong Kong by ARQ

  • Scale: 1:750
  • Size: 1450mm x 1400mm
  • Production Time : 10 Days

The urban planning of Wan Chai district in Hong Kong is made by ARQ, a recognized creative multinational company, committed to providing customers with more economical, creative and geographical designs.

This wooden scale model is the result of well-cooperative and pleasant cooperation between RJ Models and ARQ. It demonstrates the design intent completely without adding any tedious things.

The landscape in the wooden scale model uses muted green to match the color palette of the wooden material.

Light blue is used to represent the water area.

Other accessories like cars and scale people add depth to the model.

The purpose of this wooden scale model is the presentation to government officers, developers and investors. It provides reference for the future development and appearance of this area.

Wan Chai District is a unique and coexisting community that blends old traditions with many world-class commercial building and skyscrapers.

This wooden scale model embodies the feeling of old and new alternation and integration.

Sai Kung Urban Planning Wooden Model for Hong Kong by ASD

  • Scale: 1:750
  • Size: 2400mm x 1950mm
  • Production Time : 18 Days

This is a Sai Kung Urban Planning wooden model for Hong Kong.

The urban planning is made by ASD, which emphasizes the integration of business strategy and space art practice.

In the whole model, we only ues wood to restore local scenes, including buildings, boats, waters, streets, etc.

Displaying the water area in wood, rather than traditional blue paint or stickers, is an innovation created by RJ modeler.

RJ model makers pay as much attention to detail as they did in the past. Even the density of buildings in Sai Kung is very large and the plant landscape is very rich.

But at the same time, experienced RJ modelers also highlight important parts and make them contrast with their surroundings.

The Wooden model can bring the viewers a feel of unsophisticated and classic. It is an ideal presentation material that helps to present the livable and natural design ideas of ASD.

Carre d'art du Nimes Timber Model by Foster + Partners

  • Scale: 1:100
  • Size: 1550mm x 1650mm
  • Production Time : 12 Days

This is an art gallery in Roussillon, France, designed by Foster + Partners, a world-leading architecture, planning, and design company.

Its works are known for “combining high technology, ecology, and local culture”.

The main part of this wooden model uses wooden materials, including the gallery, road, and some surroundings.

We use a small amount of glass in windows, skylights and so on. It shows the permeability of the building, while minimizing the break of the overall wooden style of the model.

This timber model is using a 1:100 scale, which can show lots of details in the scene.

RJ’s model makers for France crafted and installed model cars and trees that gave viewers a real-life feel of that district.

The attention to details adds depth to the timber model.

The building has integrated lighting system which focuses on its fenestration and see-through quality.

It gives a verisimilitude to the light it brings to surrounding area at night and catches the viewers’ eye.

Istanbul Timber Site Model in Turkey

  • Scale: 1:100
  • Size: 2500mm x 2500mm
  • Production Time : 20 Days

Istanbul is the capital, economic center and cultural center of Turkey. It is a world-famous tourist city and located at the junction of Asia and Europe.

Islam is the main religion in Istanbul, and there are large numbers of mosques.

This timber site model is a mosque-centered display model.

The material of the mosque and the surrounding buildings is balsa wood. giving a feeling of beauty and nature.

The mosque-centric display pattern also reflects the position of Islam in the hearts of local people.

RJ Models has made mosques many times with different materials (plastic, resin, acrylic sheet) and scales.

Model experts in Turkey know every tiny part of the mosque. As a result, even the relative difficult timber site model can be made easily and delicately.

To emphasize the main mosque timber site model, modeler simplified the surrounding and omitted some details of the facade, leaving only the basic form.

Lisbon Airport Model in Wooden Style in Portugal by SOM

  • Scale: 1:100
  • Size: 1450mm x 1450mm
  • Production Time : 20 Days

Lisbon Portela Airport is the main international gateway to Portugal and one of the largest airports in Southern Europe.

Lisbon airport is designed by SOM, one of the world’s leading architecture firms.

The cooperation between RJ Models and SOM have begun several years ago and RJ also won the full trust of SOM after the abundant exquisite models with high efficiency and quality.

The material of this model is wood, whose property requires a superb production level, meticulous craftsmanship and experienced model makers.

To give viewers a better understanding of the construction of the airport, modeler intentionally omitted the walls around the airport.

RJ also faithfully reflect the SOM’s design intent, which is to use a large-span structure to support the airport roof. It reduces the number of columns and gives users more space to use.

The wooden model also has an integrated lighting system and bring the viewers a sense of peace and solemn.

Dayabumi Balsa Model by ARQ

  • Scale: 1:1000
  • Size: 1500mm x 800mm
  • Production Time : 21 Days

The Dayabumi Complex in Malaysia is a prominent landmark that houses commercial facilities and one of the first skyscrapers in Kuala Lumpur.

The construction of the Dayaboumi Complex lasted two years from 1982 to 1984.

The complex houses the Dayabumi Tower, a shopping complex, a general post office. It also has convenient connections to the KTM commuter station and LRT and MRT station.

The location of the complex is also important as it is within walking distance to the Pasar Seni LRT Station.

RJ Models has used balsa to create this commercial complex as a scale model.

The overall structure of the model was sculpted and cut into shape. Afterwhich, the modelers pasted additional texture and details into the building walls.

This massive 1:1000 scale model exhibits an accurate geographical location of the complex. It also portrays other architectural distribution around the Dayabumi Complex for easier navigation.

Jerde City Wooden Model

  • Scale: 1:2000
  • Size: 2000mm x 1400mm
  • Production Time : 24 Days

From the Architects of Jerde is a planning model of a city close to the bay area. The model incorporates the bay Area and its surrounding landscape at a gigantic scale of 1:2000.

Model maker create the wooden surface by cutting holes and contours to shape the bodies of water. The surface is also carved lightly with roads and paths throughout the city. The blue surface serves as the representation of water in the model.

After securing the wooden surface to the base, the modelers embedded the landmark buildings as well as other general structures. Details such as buildings, houses, infrastructures, and trees were laid out and placed on the surface. Due to the massive scale, additional details were very small and were represented by small dots.

Constructed entirely of wood, the totality of the model projects a clean and unified look.

Hasell House Timber Model by OMA

  • Scale: 1:200
  • Size: 1200mm x 1500mm
  • Production Time : 15 Days

RJ Models features a timber model of a small town, representing European-style houses.

These structures represent 19th-century architecture. According to records, these buildings were constructed at different times, ranging from 1854 to 1899.

The heritage structures were previously housing museums, galleries, and libraries.

Belonging to the Victorian Era, these structures are uniquely different from one another in style. However, all of these are based on concepts of Gothic style architecture.

To portray the feel of classic and vintage architecture, RJ Models created these scale models purely in wood. The wooden texture and look enhance the details of each feature of the buildings.

To create these intricate timber models, the architectural model making team used careful methods to place every detail.

For example, the windows are not merely holes but are a significant feature with particular details in these vintage structures.

With great experience in model making, RJ Models was able to provide the feel to classic architecture.

AA Riyadh City Timber Model by SOM

  • Scale: 1:750
  • Size: 2200mm x 1200mm
  • Production Time : 20 Days

RJ Models constructed a model featuring a relevant venue in Riyadh City.

The structures are carved with high precision machines such as laser cutters, despite the simple designs and details. RJ Models used wood primarily in this 3d architectural scale model to portray the general design vision of the land area.

Model maker constructed the building in basic forms while etching lightly the roads on the surface. A model bridge borders the model and is created by a thin sheet of plywood.

Miniature details were also added into the landscape, such as vehicles and trees. The trees, although a small detail, contribute much to the scale model because of their number.

RJ Models created the trees carefully to provide realism. Also, they are laid out well in the model, defining the landscape. Moreover, the trees’ color compliments the wooden texture in the rest of the model.

Wong Chuk Hang Depot Timber Model

  • Scale: 1:300
  • Size: 1200mm x 800mm
  • Production Time : 15 Days

This model features the underground depot at Wong Chuk Hang Station.

This is located in the Southern District of Wok Chung Hang, Hong Kong.

This warehouse serves and maintains trains of the South Island Line of the Hong Kong MTR Metro.

The design of the structure, which is completely underground, aims to avoid noise pollution in the surrounding areas.

The modelers utilized wood for the structure of the depot itself. Moreover, RJ Models also used plastic in distinct colors to mark areas in the warehouse. This serves as easier navigation inside the depot.

Aside from the colored zones, transparent clear plastics were placed in a layout similar to the storage of goods.

In a future plan, the MTR Corporation will constructed a residential and commercial development above the depot. The structure will hold about 4,700 flats in 14 blocks.

Wooden Airport Model by SOM

  • Scale: 1:400
  • Size: 1200mm x 1800mm
  • Production Time : 24 Days

This airport model features design by SOM, one of the leading architectural firms in the world.

One unique characteristic of this 1:400 scale model is its detachable sections. This will help the designer to showcase the internal structures of how the wooden model to make.

RJ Models constructed most of the model in wood and carving the details into the structure to show uniform effect.

Compared with plastics and other materials, wooden models have the disadvantage of being heavier and prone to wearing out.

The modelers from our architectural scale model company have used various techniques to model the complex geometries in the structure, such as the trusses and beams.

our model makers in Dubai. also use precise cutting tools to produce uniform dimensions in each part.

Once placed in the pattern, any mistakes in length or thickness would be obvious. RJ Models use their skills to place and fasten each detail, such as window grills androof frames.

Despite the 1:400 scale, RJ Models produced a massive 1200mm x 1800mm model to capture details and accurate measurements.

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