I keep lurking around the forum, posting now and then, but not being a very active member. But I thought I'd maybe share a few pictures of my first own design since before my dark ages, a modular pharmacy.
I started off designing it in MLCAD, and then ordered the bricks via BrickLink (especially from BL store 1001bricks - well worth checking out, for European builders at least. Not the cheapest store, but they offer great service). It turned out quite expensive, but that's hardly a surprise, knowing this hobby :)
I think I should mention that I've borrowed some ideas from others; the couch on the first floor is a shameless rip-off of a design from Brickshelf user 'sheep', and the head of the swan above the entrance is based on Brickshelf user OldMcBricker's design. Apart from that, it's all my own design.
The pictures didn't turn out as well as I'd hoped - it seems my stationary computer, which I use for photo editing, shows the images as being darker than they are, so I've brightened them a bit too much, which has done bad things with the contrast. So you'll have to take them as they are, it was way too much work to go through that whole process again...
As for the building itself: I was quite happy with the way it looked in MLCAD, but when I built with real bricks I felt that there was maybe a little bit too much going on on the facade - it's a bit too busy. I like the dark blue/white color combination, but I'm not sure about the black/dark red for the top floor.
What I'm content with, though, is the interior. I tried to make it detailed without being too packed, and I think it turned out well. The ground floor features shelves with different remedies, a tray with pill boxes, a cash register, a tiny office space under the stairs, the spiral staircase itself, a couple of waiting chairs where a slightly dodgy-looking guy patiently waits for his drugs, and a very friendly pharmacist.
The first floor features a medical library, the aforementioned sofa, and a table with a lava lamp.
And on the top floor there's a couple of chairs and a table, and a TV set (regrettably, it's mono). On the terrace (is that really the correct term?) the old pharmacist dreams of the old days before he left most of the work to his young female apprentice.
Constructive comments are welcome!
The swan above the entrance, inspired by Old McBricker.
The spiral staircase, complete with railing. Note the small office space under the stairs.
Medical library and lava lamp.
Sofa, design by sheep.
The original MLCAD design.
There are a few more pics in my Brickshelf folder.
Edited by Phred, 01 September 2011 - 08:18 PM.