The Grand Emporium was a good set, but lacked the grandeur of a true department store. In 1868, John Gowing opened a business in Sydney. It quickly grew and in the 1920's the family purchased a block of land on the corner of Market Street and George Street in Sydney. There, they invested in a department store and built the one of the tallest buildings in Sydney at the time.
In 2006, The Gowings Retail flagship store in Sydney city shut its doors to the public after an unsuccessful bid to launch stores in Suburban Sydney. The actual Gowings building is currently being refurbished into another retailer on the first three floors and a boutique restaurant on the levels above.
My Creations is a representation of the beautiful building, attempting to capture the overall look of the building, though does not accurately capture the scale, lift shafts, or the style of architecture. However, I am happy with the outcome and content with the model that has taken two years to get off the ground.
I have chosen the "time" of my creation as to how I remember the building in 2004 with the first 3 floors housing the Gowings Department Store (Ground, Level 1 and Level 2). From there, my creative expression has taken over with;
Level 3: a Sumo match with spectators,
Level 4: Piano Bar
Level 5: ABS Medical Clinic - "Absolute Health"
Level 6: ABS Bank - "We keep your money safe"
Level 7: Minifig Expressions - Where minifigs update their faces
Level 8: A weapon emporium
Level 9: A jewellery store
Level 10: Penthouse (lower) under construction
Level 11: Penthouse (upper) under construction
Other than the penthouse, all floors have staircases linking them together. The crane stands above it, providing workmen assistance to install the new lift and complete the penthouse residence. The lift will stop at Ground, Lv 3, 5, 7 and 10.
The lift (motorised and with automatic doors) will be complete for the Sydney Brick Show to be held on 2nd & 3rd June in Sydney.
The attached picture is of the Cityscape by J.P. Manalo and myself. We won Best Town MOC at Brickvention 2012 in Melbourne.
More pictures will be posted soon!
See for in my Flickr Account
Edited by Phred, 10 February 2012 - 04:34 PM.