A 6-week project to create a model of Adolf Loos’s Doppelhaus using research from the RIBA Library, part of the Adolf Loos Season. The progress so far…
The shell of the model is almost complete. All the outer walls have been made and the windows cut.
The front of the model is dominated by a large window which illuminates the double-height living room. The cutting of the window frames for these was labour intensive, and there were early set-backs including an event where the mullions of the frames fell out and broke into pieces – the stray fingers of RIBA staff have been implicated. Mistakes with my measurements also meant sometimes parts had to be remade.
I’ve used traditional model-making techniques for this project, but the same research and measurements could have been utilised for newer rapid prototyping techniques of model making, such as laser cutting or 3D printing. These have the advantages of being more accurate and requiring fewer scalpel blades (or plasters)!
Architects like Loos played with light and space, which can be photogenic; there are examples by Edwin Smith I found during my research using RIBApix. Playing around with the lighting created some curious shadows from the model.
The model is currently a roofless and floorless structure with no inner walls. Making these features - with just two weeks remaining - will be an important next stage as it will define the interior and explore Loos’s theory on the arrangement of spaces (his Raumplan).