Recently I have been looking into and learning about 3D printing. It allows me to convert my digital models into 3D models. This is done using a 3D printer, which is a cross between a laser jet printer and a hot glue gun. The model is “printed” in layers of melted plastic. The layers cool and stick together and voila! you have a 3D model.
When you 3D print buildings from a digital model you need to scale down the model. Your 40′ long wall is translated into a 2″ long plane.This requires interpretation of the design and modification of the model. Thin parts of the actual building get too thin when printed in a scaled-down model.These thin parts need to be thickened, adjusting the model for the limits of the printer while keeping the overall sense of the design. These models are roughly 2″ to 4″ on each side.
Print 1: tile (top image)
I thought it would be easiest to print something that was in flat layers. I chose a tile designed by my friend and architect James B. Guthrie. It is meant to be made from stacked layers of computer cut steel and is inspired by the designs of the architect Louis Sullivan.
It was fun to do and I learned a lot, but not so easy – all those curves and layers!
Print 2: Schindler’s McAlmon Apartment (lower three images)
Feeling more confident, I wanted to try a 3D print of a building. I chose my favorite test Schindler, his McAlmon Apartment. I focused just on the Schindler designed front. I love the way it turned out.
Stay tuned for part 2, 3D printing architectural building blocks
How did Schindler get hired to design the Bethlehem Baptist Church? The Afro-American Baptist congregation from South Los Angeles was not a part of his usual crowd of political activists, artists and bohemians. Schindler was not widely known and had never built a church. In 1944, in racially separated Los Angeles, it is puzzling.
In my recent research I have come across information that points to a link between Schindler and the Bethlehem Baptist congregation. In the Architecture and Design Collection at UCSB there are drawings of an earlier design for the church. They were prepared by another architect, James Garrott. Garrott’s drawings are dated May 22, 1944. Three months later, on August 31, 1944, Schindler and the church officials signed a contract for a new design. What happened in between? Continue reading From South Los Angeles to West Hollywood: James Garrott, Rudolph Schindler and the Bethlehem Baptist Church
See my Schindler research at SCHINDLER INDEX
The Open House for Schindler’s Bethlehem Baptist Church was held two days ago. I had a great time talking about the building with all the Schindler fans who came. I wish I had had more time to talk to everyone.
Attached is the flyer I prepared for the event. You can download it as a pdf by clicking on the image.
Many thanks and the longest distance traveled award goes to Robert and Wendy of Austin, Texas who came out specifically to see the Church. His wonderful description of the event, with lots of great pictures, is on his blog here.
And extra, extra special thanks to my patient copy editor, Lisa Rini, for her invaluable help with the handout. I couldn’t do it without her!
Here are more pictures of the Open House, thanks to architectural historian John Crosse. Check out his Southern California Architectural History website, it’s great.
A radio program about the Open House, by Frances Anderton of KCRW . To go directly to the story on the Church, click on the Schindler Church button, on the lower left of the media player.
Curbed LA ran two great articles on the Church. The first was an announcement about the Open House, the second is a photo tour of the Church. Photos for both articles were taken by Elizabeth Daniels Photography.
Los Angeles Magazine had a very nice article about the Church and the Open House.
KCET ran an article on the Open House on their artbound blog.
If you didn’t have a chance to attend the Open House, you can now see one of Schindler’s great designs any Sunday. Faith Build International has started regular Sunday services and everyone is welcome. Don’t miss it!
Faith Build International
services every Sunday at 11AM
at Schindler’s Bethlehem Baptist Church
4901 Compton Ave
Los Angeles, CA