House of the Future

One day I was talking to my friend Morgane Keesling and I mentioned how I’ve been doing some commissioned models recently. To my surprise, she asked me to create a model for her!

I started this house of the future model by sketching out ideas of how the model could be made, I need something that would show the clean cuts and shapes of the building, but also allow for clear windows. I then decided laser cut acrylic would be the way to go. I created the building’s files in Illustrator and sent them to Ponoko for cutting. I previously used Ponoko’s laser cutting services to make a model of the new Apple Campus.

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I designed the building so the perpendicular wings would lock together, almost like a 3D jigsaw puzzle.

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The parts and arrived and I did a fit check to make sure everything was there.

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The smell of lasercut acrylic is up there with the smell of the water from Pirates of the Caribbean.

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I then started work on the base of the model and carved out a little pond.

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The protective paper was removed from the acrylic and the center frames were glued together. I painted these panels blue to give depth then the outside panels were glued on. I glued the acrylic with J-B Weld, that stuff has one of the strongest and unpleasant smells ever.

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Once all the panels were glued together, I airbrushed the entire model white. I then removed the protective paper that covers the windows and the blue from the back shows through giving depth to the house.

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The removed paper from just one corner of the house.

I then attached the house to the landscaped base and the model was finished!

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Now the model sits proudly on Morgane’s desk at work. One of my models is now on display at a theme park design firm, how awesome is that!

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