I haven’t posted in a while. I’ve actually been a little busy with freelance work that I can’t post about yet. Instead, I’ll tell you about a fun project I did a while ago. This may be the first thing I ever did which appeared in a book. The piece was a pop-up architectural model I made once for a performing arts building. The over-sized (19.5 x 14 x 5″) pop-up models were tipped onto the center spread of a hardcover book given out at a gala for the facility.

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The job came in (as many do) already behind schedule and I only had a partial week to turn it from an idea into a finished die line ready for production. Smaller spreads in pop-up books can take months to design (although, admittedly, I was lucky to be creating a building and not something with a ton of organic shapes involved.) The company I was with was great for trusting me with something this big when I was so new at the job. I really learned a lot about designing rapidly for production while I was working there and I’ll always appreciate the opportunities and education I was given. I remember that this pop-up was meticulously reviewed for accuracy not only by the client but by the architects who designed the building as well. As a result, I was asked to make several rounds of really unusually detailed changes. I had to move all sorts of things around 1/16″ here and there to exactly match the blueprints of this specific building.

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Parallels and perpendiculars are SO much easier to work with when your sculptures have to fold flat. In this case however, I was informed that the street levels around the building were slightly different and that I needed to represent them as such. I also wasn’t able to have the roof completely flat since there was a prominent inclination to much of it. I had to create a system of “slipping” panels which would automatically and reliably locate themselves into position once the book was opened. I’m proud of the fact that I was able to engineer some of the roof and street to be sloped at the correct angles and other parts remained parallel to the ground. Overall, I really enjoy this type of larger scale detail-oriented pop-up book work.


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Pop-up Architectural Model Book
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2 thoughts on “Pop-up Architectural Model Book

  • April 8, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    Holy ballistic buildings Batman! I keep looking at all the tabs you had to incorporate to make the floors slide like that. I’m trying to see how you managed to make the “slipping” panels – mind boggling. Thanks for sharing your genius!

  • February 20, 2021 at 2:45 pm

    You sir are a creative genius, bravo ! What a great teaching tool that would make. Endless possibilities !


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