This was an exercise I undertook in my final semester of University in Belfast, where I was tasked with investigating a precedent and replicating it at a 1:50 scale.
This is the Bagsvaerd Church, by Jorn Utzon, and in my humble opinion, his finest work (even eclipsing the Sydney Opera House!) Utzon was approached by a couple of clergymen from a church in Copenhagon, who were armed with a chequebook and a lot of ideas. Utzon saw it as the fulfilment of a personal dream to be given a church to design.
His concept for the church was born from a pilgrimage to Hawaii, where he visited a beach. He commented ever since how the image of the waves and clouds stayed with him, and it was these ideas that fueled the dramatic wavy ceiling for the Bagsvaerd Church. He wanted the congregation to be able to ‘reach out to heaven’ and to feel like they were in a heavenly realm. The amibiton for me in this model was to replicate this internal atmosphere as best I could.
To construct the ceiling I used 6mm layers of balsa wood coated in white acrylic paint before polishing the whole thing off with a bottle of glossy spray. The entire model took me about a week. I learnt so much from building this model, and the building is highly inspiring. I hope you find that to.