Step one in my process was to find the dimensions of the real Colour Palace, which I could then scale down for my edible model and draw out my template - it’s an architectural competition after all! I used a ginger biscuit recipe for my frame and carefully cut out each shape before cementing together with caramel. I had to make sure that the cube frame was going to be strong enough to hold up all 28 individual panels. To replicate the thousands of hand-painted pieces of timber, I used boiled sweets to create a stained glass colour effect and piped lines of icing, ensuring the colours were the same as the real geometric pattern. Lastly, the entire structure was held up by a chocolate cake covered in red fondant to represent the cylinders.
There were some amazing and creative bakes from the other participants in the competition and it was clear that everyone had put in a huge amount of effort, therefore I was all the more overjoyed to be voted as the overall winner.
Winning the competition and being asked to recreate the Colour Palace for the opening of Shaping Space - Architectural Models Revealed means a great deal to me because growing up, after being told I was too short to be an air hostess, I wanted to make architectural models, but later changed my mind after being told it would take me an extra 7 years to become an architect. So I feel proud that this achievement has managed to combined my passion for baking and make my younger self’s dream come true.
Shaping Space – Architectural Models Revealed is open at the Building Centre until 28 January 2022.
It is a collaboration between the V&A and the Building Centre, funded by the AHRC and supported by; 4D Modelshop, Amalgam Modelmaking, B.15 Workshop, Drawing Matter, GHA Group, The University of Manchester, MAP Laboratory (CNRS), and Model Platform.
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