This month we can introduce you as a new member of our range Venneweg 50-51-52. Designed and built in the second half of the 1920s, the real life example of this row of 3 houses is still standing proudly. We share a lot about the architectural aspects in the descriptions on the product page, so in this article we want to go into a bit more detail about the development backgrounds.
Find the product page here: Venneweg 50-51 -52
At Markenburg, we always base our range of products on the actual situation. We usually choose buildings and objects to recreate in model, which we also expect to be able to recreate neatly. One of the things to take into account is the various production and development methods that we have at our disposal and what we can make with them. But we also mainly try to fit ourselves a translating role between the actual situation and the model building situation, without taking on the architect's bit. We do have that knowledge in-house, but we don't want to focus so much on beautiful and not beautiful. We like to recreate the actual situation in model.
Nevertheless, it is not only for these reasons that choosing is sometimes quite a challenge. After all, to ensure that a project does not fail at an early stage of development, we must also be able to collect sufficient information about the actual building, which in this case was made possible in part because we were allowed to take extensive photos of these homes from residents. In addition, all archived data is requested, such as archive photos and construction drawings, although it turned out that in this case a lot of waiting for a sparse amount of information was involved. Nevertheless, the more than 500 photos taken on site give a good idea of how the row of 3 houses exactly fits together in 2019. Indeed almost 3 years prior to the release of the model.
After all, translating the photos into drawings is always a complex task that requires a lot of time and energy. But with a carefully designed row of 1920s/30s homes, with endless wooden and masonry details, the job of translating that into a model became many times more complex. The fact that extensive additions and changes were made to the building in the decades between 1930 and 2020 did not make the translation to model any easier. Whole series of tests, thinking, consulting, trying, trial and error came along in every detail in the model. Sometimes we even caught ourselves having different emotions. While we sometimes look forward to introducing a product to you, which we have certainly experienced regularly with this row of houses, we occasionally felt moments at the other end of the spectrum.
Of course, it would have been a lot easier to design a row of 60s homes into a model, but we already have that, for example in our Oranjelaan theme. In this case we were looking for an extension for the Venneweg theme, which is specialized in 1920s and 1930s buildings. Now we can try to pick the "simplest" examples from that time, although in this case it remains to look for something like a simple space rocket. After all, the 1920s and 1930s are characterized by particularly ornate and therefore complex architecture. If you supplement that with not always consistent home improvements and extensions, you will find a total puzzle of considerable size. Perhaps that's why the joy is a bit more intense at the moment, now that this translation of reality also seems to have been quite successful.
We are already busy with projects that we hope to be able to introduce to you soon, but nevertheless we would of course like to hear what you think of this new addition to our range.
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