This is the first in a series of sculpture/ furniture pieces that are based on the architecture of Walter Gropius, the founder of the Bauhaus. Specifically, I am making IKEA models of all eight mid-century Modern Gropius buildings that are currently being demolished by the City of Chicago.
Walter Gropius buildings reconstructed
This piece is based on the 1953 Power Plant. (pix, below)
First, I assembled the base using three BESTÅ cabinet bases. Since they have paper cores, I inserted strips of pine inside the two plys of laminate to fasten them together.
I made the sides and doors from recut VARNA doors. Original hinges are used, but new pocket holes needed to be made with a Forstner drill bit.
The top is made of two VARNA doors. It is fastened to the cabinet using IKEA cam lock hardware, which again, needed to be redrilled with a 15mm Forstner bit.
A router and circle jig was used to cut smooth holes for the STOLMEN poles to go through. The entire cabinet is supported by STOLMEN brackets on the underside.
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