Hello all you Architecture fans!
I am glad to have a contest at EB I feel at home with. Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't mind a new Kingdom's Joust set, or a couple of series 6 minifigs, but buildings are my real passion!
The Arc de Triomphe is, according to Wikipedia, one of the most famous monuments in Paris. It stands in the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle (originally named Place de l'Étoile), at the western end of the Champs-Élysées.The Arc de Triomphe (in English: "Triumphal Arch") honours those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars, with the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces. Beneath its vault lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I.
Location:Place Charles de Gaulle (formerly Place de l'Étoile)
Construction Started:15 August 1806
Inagurated:29 July 1836
Height:50 m (164 ft)
Other Dimensions:Wide: 45 m (148 ft) Deep: 22 m (72 ft)
This is one of the most well know architetural feats in Paris, along with the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre.
Arch 1 by Dakar A, on Flickr
Built in the Landmark style of the Lego architecture series.
Only editing done to this picture was making the background soild black.
I had a lot of fun in building this one! Since I have been studying French, and the Champs-Élysées comes up quite often, this was a good start for building ideas. I thought of doing the Eiffel tower, but that is TOO stereotypical of Paris, and I think of this even more when thinking about Paris.
Arch 8 by Dakar A, on Flickr
I originaly was building it in LBG, but I soon realised that I wouldn't have enoug parts in the right shapes and quantities. Heck, I barely had enough white 1x1 rounds!
Arch 7 by Dakar A, on Flickr
And what would an Architecture build be without a shoutout to the architect? So here's to Jean Chalgrin, Louis-Étienne Héricart de Thury, the mind behind the (original) design!
Arch 6 by Dakar A, on Flickr
This one has more daylight than artifical light, but upping the brightness almost made it too bright!Depending on your veiwing angle, the black base may or may not be eaisly visible!
Arch 5 by Dakar A, on Flickr
And finaly, a comparison shot. The domed section at the top seems to be a relatively new addition, as some shots didn't include it. But then again, this thing is pretty gigantic, so it might be hidden by the top line of the roofing.
Thanks for veiws, comments, (and hopefully) votes. I hope all the other contestants enjoy this as much as I have, and good luck to all!
Edited by Rufus, 04 April 2012 - 08:36 PM.