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Shaping Space - Architectural Models Revealed: How are models made?


Shaping Space – Architectural Models Revealed was an exhibition and public programme at the Building Centre from 24 September 2021 until 5 March 2022.

The exhibition celebrated the role of architectural models in shaping the spaces we live in. A collaboration between the V&A and the Building Centre, Shaping Space – Architectural Models Revealed presented the world in miniature through a collection of historical and contemporary models revealing the evolution of architecture from the first maquette made as a tool for thinking, to a presentation model.

This short film is part of a series examining the three questions that informed the curation of the show:


  • Why are models made?
  • How are models made?
  • Who are models made for?


Co-curator Vanessa Norwood of the Building Centre discusses how models are made, featuring works by:


  • Zaha Hadid Architects
  • René Herbst, modelled by Nicolaas Warb
  • Álvaro Siza
  • OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen
  • Le Corbusier (Charles-Édouard Jeanneret)
  • Mary Duggan
  • Roz Barr Architects
  • Dow Jones Architects
  • Adjaye Associates
  • AAU Anastas
  • Editional Studio
  • Assemble and Hayatsu Architects
  • Peter Barber Architects
  • Automated Architecture (AUAR)
  • WilkinsonEyre
  • Sam Jacob Studio
  • Dalia Matsuura Frontini


© Chris Jackson


This film is part of the Shaping Space - Architectural Models Revealed programme, led by the Building Centre and the Victoria & Albert Museum

Funded by the AHRC

Sponsored by Built Environment Trust, V&A, Manchester School of Architecture, B.15 Modelmaking Workshop

We would like to thank our supporters; Amalgam Modelmaking4D ModelshopB.15 WorkshopDrawing MatterGHA GroupThe University of ManchesterMAP Laboratory (CNRS), and Model Platform


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