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The Babbacombe Shard, an unusual architectural model

As architectural models go this one is a little out of the ordinary. Amalgam’s architectural model makers were recently approached to produce a four Meter high replica of Renzo Piano’s famous “Shard” tower for the Babbacombe Model Village in Devon.

We have previously blogged on March 18th of the installation process and also the extensive use of 100% recycled plastic sheet supplied by Ecosheet for the internal structure but it was a surprise to find the model featured in Building Design Magazine this week (5/4/13).

Building Design is [the] architects’ number one weekly providing industry news, comment and insight.  Here’s what they had to say about this unusual architectural model….

“Architect parents at a loss how to entertain their offspring over the Easter holidays could do worse than head to Babbacombe Model Village in Devon where the latest addition is a 4m miniature replica of the Shard.

The building is sited in the middle of a provincial town square where it appears to have landed without any regard to context — an experience that some have pointed out is not dissimilar to the real thing.”

Buliding Design Magazine's picture of the Babbacombe shard

The Babbacombe Shard features it’s own webcam which allows visitors, both actual and virtual to get a view from the top of this amazing architectural model.  The view from the top in daylight is  a stunning spectacle during the day but at night the Shard and surrounding city take on a whole new dimension with thousands of lights and a laser show lighting the scene.  To find out when the illuminations and laser show are going to be on you can click here to see the latest timetables.

For those interested to know more about the building of this most unusual architectural model we have also included a case-study on our main website.