PaperLandmarks

Architectural paper scale models

Jelgava, Latvia · 1475 Sales

PaperLandmarks

Architectural paper scale models

Jelgava, Latvia 1475 Sales On Etsy since 2009

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Announcement   Paper model kits and assembled models of world famous architectural landmarks - from temples to skyscrapers to bridges to monuments.

Visit paperlandmarks.com for more information, assembly tips and newest kits.

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Last updated on Aug 5, 2016

Paper model kits and assembled models of world famous architectural landmarks - from temples to skyscrapers to bridges to monuments.

Visit paperlandmarks.com for more information, assembly tips and newest kits.

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Kolka Lighthouse, postcard paper scale model
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Closeup of model parts. Just cut, glue and enjoy your Mount Vernon!
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Paper Landmarks That Make Difference

I used to make a lot of scale models while studying architecture, and it was an enjoyable part of my schooling. But Paper Landmarks and architectural models are not the same, even though both feature architecture in miniature.

Architectural models can be made from any available material, most often paper, cardboard, foam board or corrugated board. The main difference is that architectural scale models are made for a presentation, usually in just one copy, so there is no focusing on replicating the process of assembling the model.

Making a kit which will be assembled by people of various backgrounds constantly reminds me to make this experience technically smooth, but still very exciting.

I prefer designing paper models as close to the original as possible but still leaving room for imagination. Trying to strike that perfect balance between scale and level of detail, the quality of paper, and the ease of assembly, I look at each model as a unique piece of design rather than just a miniature replica.

The first landmark I chose was the Eiffel Tower, naturally. No doubt, it is the most recognizable landmark on Earth. It was a very tricky one to model with a lot of intricate cutouts and details. The challenge was to make a reproducible design which could be mass-produced on a die-cut machine. There are certain limitations to how small the details could be when making the die-cut forms, and at first glance it seemed that it may not be technically possible. To make all the cutouts needed for this remarkable design, I ultimately found a perfect solution - instead of making tiny cutouts in a single layer, I made a design with overlapping layers of paper. Each layer would have larger cutouts, but when put together, they formed a delicate pattern, as well as strengthened the structure by using both layers of paper.

And now, a little about my working process: First, I gather all the available materials for research - architectural drawings, such as plans, sections, elevations, photos, 3D models, etc. Then I redraw the plans and elevations in CAD software, and start to make a paper model, creating the layout of the parts, taking into account the thickness of the planned structure and adding gluing tabs. Sometimes the first prototype is just a basic mockup of the volume to determine the correct scale of the model.

Scale is one of the most important things to establish precisely early in the process, as it will determine several other things - layout, production costs, level of detailing and what kind of paper should be used. If two structures are in the same scale, they can be fairly compared, like my Brooklyn Bridge and Empire State Building. Both are in 1/1000 scale.

When scale is established, I can design all the details, which will allow me to determine the smallest detail which is technically possibly to die-cut. Again, several prototypes are made to assure that every detail is in place, and then I make a nice layout of the production sheet. When the model is ready and confirmed with my manufacturer, I still need to make set-up instructions, product images, packaging and website placements before the new model can be launched.

Since I create my designs on the computer, that is the hub of operations in my workspace. But I also have a table covered with a cutting mat for testing details, gluing prototypes and just hand drawing and writing. Still, I always find a place for my coffee mug.

If it's not a commissioned work, I usually choose between what landmark I feel personally connected to or what might be highly popular.

Obviously, some landmarks look better than others when modeled in paper. What might seem a landmark to the general public consensus and what the model depicts could be two different things entirely. When you look at the spires of skyscrapers from the street level, you have only that beautiful recognizable image in your mind. But when reproducing this architecture in scale, I need to include all the volume of the building, which makes "a surprise" difference from that iconic image you had in your head.

The Empire State Building or Villa Savoye look good from any vantage point, but there are buildings & landmarks that only look awesome from that one iconic point of view.

To me, recreating the shape of the building in paper helps to better understand architecture itself. I hope you'll feel the same way.

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  • Imants Caklais

    Owner, Designer

    Having studied architecture and worked as a packaging designer, and being passionate about history, world architecture, traveling, paper, design and innovation, starting Paper Landmarks was something almost inevitable to me.

  • Foxe

    Creator, Photographer

  • Troo

    Creator, Shipper

Shop policies

Last updated on June 25, 2016
Our models are finely detailed and express the very nature of the landmarks they represent. You can use these models as gifts, for interior decoration, for school projects or just spend your time in a great manner. Wherever you use them, we guarantee their superior quality.

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We accept all major credit cards via Etsy Direct Checkout or PayPal.

You will receive receipt from us when the goods are actually dispatched (usually within 1-3 business days, if not stated otherwise in the description of the listing).
Shipping
Orders are shipped from Latvia (EU). We use these carriers for delivery of your order:

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Regular Mail Service
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Shipped by Latvijas Pasts, delivered in your country by your local post service
(USPS in the USA, Royal Mail in the UK, Canada Post in Canada etc.). Usually it takes 1-2 weeks for delivery within Europe and 2-3 weeks elsewhere. Please remember that these are approximate delivery terms! This is a registered mail so it requires your signature on delivery. We will provide you with a tracking number which might be used to track your order online http://www.track-trace.com/post.

IMPORTANT! Please notice that the shipping time is added to the processing time.

We also offer an express shipping for most of our kits:

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Express Shipping by EMS
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Shipped by Latvijas Pasts, delivered in your country by your local post service. Shipping by EMS guarantees delivery withing 6-15 days in most of the countries (to the USA it takes 8-10 days). We will provide you with a tracking number which might be used to track your order online http://www.ems.post/tracking.

IMPORTANT! Please notice that the shipping time is added to the processing time.

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Express Shipping by TNT
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Shipped and delivered in your country by TNT, guaranteed delivery in 2-5 days from the date of the shipping (order date + processing time). We will provide you with a tracking number which might be used to track your order online http://www.tnt.com/webtracker/uktracker.do?navigation=1.

IMPORTANT! Please notice that the shipping time is added to the processing time.
Refunds and Exchanges
We will issue refund only if you return (at your expense) UNOPENED kits in a good quality within 30 days of receipt. ASSEMBLED models can't be returned and refunded.

Please notice that the shipping fee is not refundable.
Additional policies and FAQs
Yes, we make custom models - either you want a classic "Cut & Glue!" model kit or an innovative pop-up card we can do it! We have previously made custom models for promotional industry, museums, private foundations, schools and collectors.

Our production possibilities allow to make a custom model for you in any quantity starting from just one to thousands of copies. We use digital, offset and screen printing, die-cut and kiss-cut scoring and cutting, cold and hot gluing, embossing, foil fusing and stamping and using the best designer papers and cardboards along with a long list of accessories to create a very special model just for you, your company or private event!