Building and customizing (via scratch-building and kitbashing) models from kits is great fun, but sometimes it's nice to build something truly "from the ground up" (it's the Small Pond Shipyard motto, after all).
Aside from one drafting class in high school, I don't have any architecture training, but a model of a hospital was the first model I remember being aware of and which may have planted a seed in my 5- or 6-year-old brain.
My architectural interests lie quite clearly in mid-century modern, 20th Century American diners, and art deco (see below). After having so much fun building a TARDIS with chip board, learning a lot about construction, and how to handle that material, I thought making another small model, but with slightly more complex shapes, would be a good next architectural project (as a lead-up to perfecting the A-frame diner, which will be a much more complex diorama project with figures, landscaping, and possibly lighting).
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I've collected many images and a few architectural plans from which to build various models for years to come, but the image above is the only picture I've been able to find of this particular building –and since it was torn down a long time ago (as with the Bata HQ) using Google Maps Street View for different angles isn't an option. I love the curves, the compact shape, and the art deco details above the front door, etc., but I wish I could see the back side. Of course, I have my imagination...
Estimations and extrapolations.
Skewed angle (like the photo!).
What I'll do on my next iteration is deepen the window boxes to match the front widths, making them as deep as my invented engineering area in back, which will make the building more square in plan view. Also, I'll make the corners of the back section curved to match the front.