Written by Alfonso Femia and Gianluca Peluffo and Ernesta Caviola
The fascinating relationship between drawing and building. Architectural models, long used as tools in developing projects and controlling buildings, or as a way of presenting plans to the client in three-dimensional form, retain all their fascination despite the current predominance of digital images and renderings. The model, in fact, is not just a method of representing a building before it is constructed, but an anticipation of a reality in continual evolution and can be used as a genuine creative instrument, often able to convey an idea in an allegorical or at times abstract way.Through models and their material qualities, projects take on a new dimension, forming an animated landscape open to interpretation that effectively differentiates them from the building that is to be constructed. The models used by the architectural studio 5+1AA for their projects are unique and constitute small objets d’art in their own right.
About The Author
Alfonso Femia is a professor of architectural design. He teaches methodology at the University of Genoa and at the Florence Center of Kansas State University. Gianluca Peluffo is a researcher at the University of Genoa. Together with Alfonso Femia, he’s a partner in 5+1AA. In 2006 they opened a practice in Milan, and more recently one in Paris. Ernesta Caviola is a photographer. During the last six years she’s been carrying out research into the revealing attitude of the body in interior photography.