Model Citizen: Belfast City Map


Belfast is the largest city in Northern Ireland with a rich industrial heritage, most notable for ship building and the linen trade. The city suffered greatly during the troubles but is now flourishing as a tourist and cultural hotspot attracting visitors from across the globe.

This highly detailed 3D map of Belfast focuses on the city centre, taking in notable landmarks such as the City Hall, Waterfront Hall, the famous Europa Hotel, St Anne’s Cathedral and everything in between. The map includes buildings that were due for completion 2018-2019.

Model Citizen sees it’s sculptures as a “mechanism to emphasize the beauty and significance of our built heritage,” translating art deco, brutalist, and internationalist styles into tangible, tactile sculptural objects that can be held, felt and explored.



Dimensions: 300mm high x 300mm wide, 40mm deep, Weight: 2.3 kg.

Can be collected from the RSUA to avoid shipping costs.

Made to order: Approximate delivery time up to 3 weeks. The models are delivered in a strong, durable double walled cardboard box nestled in a bed of recycled brown shredded paper which ensures the product is well cushioned during its journey to you.

Established by Architect John Donnelly in 2016, Model Citizen specialises in producing finely detailed plaster cast architectural model sculptures and details which explore the diverse built environment of Belfast, Northern Ireland. ‘Model Citizen’ was founded to promote public understanding and appreciation of the architecture and craftmanship present in Irish cities, manifesting as an ongoing series of intricate sculptures.

During his time studying Architecture at the Belfast School of Art, John explored the medium of using plaster and concrete to cast models during the design process and as finished models. Each model is made using a special non toxic gypsum/resin composite material which picks up a greater level of detail than standard gypsum, but is also very robust giving the models a reassuring feel of quality.


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