Dec 24, 2017 | By Tess

If you fancy yourself an expert in architecture, we’ve got a fun challenge for you. Fumio Matsumoto, an architect and a professor at the University of Tokyo in Japan has designed and 3D printed a complex homage to architectural history which includes building details dating back to the 18th century BC. The challenge is: can you identify them all?

The block-shaped installation, titled “Memories of Architecture,” includes elements from 35 different famous architectural feats, which are built on top of each other in chronological order.

In the bottom corner of the 3D printed model, you’ll find the oldest inclusion: an element from the hypostyle hall and pylon from the Karnak Temple dating back to Ancient Egypt (18 to 12th centuries).

Other notable details include the Parthenon’s iconic colonnade (447 to 431 BC), the nave of the Reims Cathedral in France (1211-1311), the curtain wall of Walter Gropuis’ Bahaus Dessau building (1925), the Farnsworth House by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1951), and many more.

The most recent inclusion is a collection of small boxes based on the Moriyama House in Japan, designed by Ryue Nishizawa (2005).

The effect of having so many different architectural styles meshed into a single 3D printed object is quite striking and it showcases many contrasts and similarities between disparate architectural styles through hundreds of years.

The changes in scale (the 3D printed model has a 1:300 scale for the architectural details, so they are all proportional to each other) are especially interesting, as well as the attention to detail in certain styles, and how space is included in the different periods.

“While it is not a comprehensive overview of architectural history, it does illustrate some significant trends over time, such as the shift from massive to minute forms and from enclosed to open spaces,” commented Matsumoto.

The impressive 3D printed project is being exhibited as part of ARCHITECTONICA, a permanent show at the University of Tokyo Museum of Architecture’s Koishikawa Annex. In addition to Matsumoto’s 3D printed “Memories of Architecture” piece, the exhibit is hosting a number of architectural models, materials, and more.

If you feel up to the challenge of guessing which architectural elements the 3D printed piece includes, we wish you luck! If you’re just curious about the different elements in the elaborate model, you can see the full list and guide below.



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