Memories of Architecture puts together 35 buildings in one model

Fumio Matsumoto merged in a single model a number of famous buildings that every architect should know about, from the Karnak Temple to the Johnson Wax Headquarters.

Fumio Matsumoto, Memories of Architecture, Tokyo, 2017

Ranging from ancient Egypt to modern Japan, architect and professor Fumio Matsumoto designed a 3D print scale model featuring 35 renowned buildings in architecture history. The maquette, entitled Memories of Architecture, is exhibited in the Museum of the University of Tokyo.

The three dimensional collage of assorted buildings integrates memories of multiple architectural structures into one single object. The buildings are stacked from oldest to newest and reproduces the characteristic elements of each building such as the facades, exterior forms, interior spaces, and structures at a 1:300 scale. The final object illustrates some significant trends over time, such as the shift from massive to minute forms and from enclosed to open spaces. Some of the features include the Pantheon, the Palazzo Ducale in Venice, the Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève by Henri Labrouste, the Johnson Wax Headquarters by Frank Lloyd Wright, the Farnsworth House by Mies van der Rohe and the Moriyama House by Ryue Nishizawa.

Memories of Architecture
Fumio Matsumoto
Museum of the University of Tokyo

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