Pei's book was inspired by his pyramid complex which forms the main entrance to the Louvre in Paris. Some people find this modern structure juxtaposed with the period architecture of the Louvre jarring, but I love it. The glass and steel structure denies the essential characteristics of the pyramid which are solidity and immutability.
To make the pyramid I cut triangles from perspex. To cut a sheet of perspex you need a plastic laminate cutter which you use to score the surface of the perspex
I snapped the scored line along the edge of the table
and then cut the triangular pieces
Any sharp edges were smoothed with a file
I used an etching needle to engrave the perspex with the structural pattern of the pyramid
Holes were drilled into the perspex
The pieces were tied together with fishing line and the paper pages added to the front of the triangles
The structure folds in half to slip into its slipcase
For Mies Van der Rohe's book I used photographs of skyscrapers I took in Chicago in 2005. The images I used show buildings with other buildings reflected on the surface. This was intended to show the spread of Mies van der Rohe's influence on the building of minimalist steel and glass skyscrapers, as both an architect and an educator at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. Mies was a pioneer of the skyscraper - he designed one (which was never built) in 1921 for a competition and this foreshadowed his skyscraper designs of the late 40's and 50's.
Perspex pages were cut to size and holes were drilled to tie the sections together. I used a jig to get the holes in the same place on each sheet, and an old telephone book is a great thing to drill into.
The double-sided photographs were punched with tiny holes and sandwiched between two sheets of 2 mm thick perspex which would be tied together to form a concertina book.
The next post will feature Book 2 Suger.