Book into a Building

In order to clear up my work in progress with student projects and make space for the latest post-university projects (aka after assessment!) I am cleaning up the categories, but here are the CSM-specific categories just in case of need:
(and don’t forget to scroll down if you want to read through the development of a project from start to finish!)

Projects done around CSM

Year Two at Central Saint Martins (2012-2013):
Unit 5
Visual Language: International Klein Blue
Liberty’s Department Store into Flipbooks, a building translated into a book
Yves Klein by himself, a book translated into a building
Blast/Bless: Postcards from London, Luxembourg and Paris

Unit 6 – The Bigger Picture

Unit 7
Time is of the Essence: Student Organiser
What if Music Could Be Seen: Musical Perception
Pop Up Shop: &London Notebooks

Context / Dissertation
Unit 8-9

Year Three at Central Saint Martins (2013-2014):
Unit 10
Home Town: Luxembourg(ish)
The Value of an Image
A Do Something But Not Anything Manifesto
Public/Personal Space

TSI (Typography Special Interest Group)

Final Year Digital


Events & Exhibitions

Competitions & Collaborations & Live Briefs
Barnard & Westwood
Font Aid IV

An Illustration Workshop
An Internship at the Imprimerie du Marais
Art Auction 2013 Catalogue
D&AD British Council
D&AD Monotype



Finished Mockup

Mockup Building

Mockup Building

I did a cross-section of the building as a mockup to visualise my concept in a 3D format.


The floor is divided into three parts (outside: notes, middle: main part, center: stairs) and are based on the books grids. Between the parts there is nothing, it is the void. The floors are transparent, but the more floors or levels you have above or under you, the bluer they get. The three floors are actually always three whole parts, going up or down like a spiral, meaning there is no edge until you reach the 12th floor (the endlessness over the horizon). This is also why the building is a sphere: there are no edges or obstacles to interrupt the view in the observatory, not even the floors, and there are no concreter walls. The sphere protecting the inside is transparent.

You can read more about the whole projet in the category Brief 2 -Book into a Building.

Levels: try-out

Update for the Yves Klein Building:

I am still trying to figure out how to make the different levels for the building,
am now waiting for the Window Colour to dry on the transparent paper, and if it works I will use the transparent papers to make the three floors on one paper instead of cutting out every separate row and level (which would mean 3 rows per level, times 12). I’m not sure they will get more opaque if layered, but we’ll see.

Window Colour layer tests

Window Colour layer tests

The Mockup: Preparations

another sketch


colour sketch showing the three parts of the floors

These are my first materials for the mockup
– plastic ball
– transparents


The plan is to create levels that, as they overlay create a full blue if looking up or down, that gets more transparent as you move into higher/lower levels, until arriving in transparence. But I am not sure if it is going to work out that way. In order to keep the levels up, I plan to put vertical transparents, through which the horizontal “spirals” would go through, they would hold the levels at the wanted heights.

I tried measuring the spirals with thread, but it didn’t work.

A few tryouts of calculating the quantity of paper I will need:


view from the front,
the 12 levels, need to be enlarged and arranged


view from above to show the voids between the floors (last floor?)

In order to be able to represent the building I had in mind, I tried to represent it in a drawing. It didn’t make the understanding of the building easier, especially to represent the upwards moving floors.


drawing to represent the view from front and from above

During the crit, I was advised to make a mockup out of the building in order to represent it visually. It is what I am trying to do now.