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#1 moctown


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Posted 04 April 2012 - 02:15 PM

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Hello everybody!

Today I present my entry (style: architect series) for the EB Architecture Contest and I'm very happy to have a good timing before the deadline ends :-)

Here we go with some information:

Building:....................Kranhaus Süd
Location:....................Rheinauhafen, Cologne (Germany)
Dimensions:..................height 60m, length 70m, width 34m
Start of construction:.......May 2007
Completion:..................2nd quarter 2009
Architects:..................BRT - Bothe, Richter, Teherani

70 metres long, 34 metres wide and more than 60 metres high spanning 16 floors: renowned architect Hadi Teherani (BRT architects) achieved a huge success in co-operation with architect Alfons Linster. The three Kranhaus buildings are visionary, shaping the style of the entire city. With their design which is based on the crane shape typical of the harbour and the glass façade, they are at the same time both solid and transparent.

The Southern Kranhaus is the most southern of the three Kranhaus buildings and thus occupies a particularly exposed position: as the portal to the higher situated promenade, the Southern Kranhaus is the meeting and starting point for visitors wanting to explore the new Rheinauhafen harbour.

The Southern Kranhaus constitutes the centre of the entire Rheinauhafen harbour area. It marks the front end of the marina and towers above Harry Blum Square, the main entrance to the latest and most innovative part of Cologne.

source & more information: http://www.kranhaus-sued.com

In may 2010 I visited cologne and took some pictures of the building:

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Find more images of the real building here or on my FLICKR page.

About one year ago I started planning the LEGO model with LDD. I also odered parts from BL, but I didn't start to build with real bricks and put it away for a long time.
Finding this architecture contest on eurobricks I was highly motivated to refresh and complete the idea.

With the intention to capture the original as good as possible I finished the model and let you have the result right here:

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I also took some outdoor shots:

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Find more images of the model on my FLICKR page.

A few model facts:

Groundbase:...............26x16 studs
Model dimensions:.........height 20 studs, lenght 24 studs, width 10 studs
Pieces:...................didn't count, but I think it's way above 1000 pcs

That's it for the moment. You got any questions? Please feel free to ask!

I'm very much looking forward to get your comments and constructive feedback to this entry.

With this contest Eurobricks initiated a great competition and I wish every participant good luck!  :thumbup:

So long,


Edited by Rufus, 04 April 2012 - 08:44 PM.

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#2 Artizan


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Posted 04 April 2012 - 02:26 PM

very beautiful and accurate replica of the building!

#3 paanjang16


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Posted 04 April 2012 - 02:37 PM

The use of 1x2 tiles greatly resemble the windows of the real thing. Looks fantastic!  :thumbup:

When I first saw the photo of the real thing I thought the picture was cropped and showing only half a building. Then I saw the Lego model I thought you only made half the building  *huh*

Only after I relook at the real photo did it occur to me that the building was designed this way!  :laugh:

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 03:47 PM

Once again, I am amazed by the level of this competition. Great job and congrats on the pictures, they are perfect.
Edit: looking at the pictures again I'll also mention a very clever choice of subject. this building was begging to be made in LEGO.

Edited by Yatkuu, 04 April 2012 - 03:48 PM.

#5 viracocha


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Posted 04 April 2012 - 03:53 PM

At last we can see yours entry for the contest! Well done replica of the building!
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#6 caperberry


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Posted 04 April 2012 - 04:24 PM

The third shot of the model matches your pic of the original beautifully! Very interesting building and a great job.
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Posted 04 April 2012 - 06:10 PM

Think you've done a fantastic job, reassembles the real thing extraordinary well. I love the way you've used the different colored tiles, gives it a touch of life. Absolutly marvelous. :classic:


#8 Skalldyr


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Posted 04 April 2012 - 06:56 PM

Beautiful rendition, just beautiful!
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#9 BobBongo1895


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Posted 04 April 2012 - 08:13 PM

Ah, there it is.

Good work and fine details.
Do you get a pic with the complete creation as outdoor shot?
It fits perfect to the sky.
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#10 jonwil


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Posted 05 April 2012 - 02:24 AM

Nice rendition of what looks like an amazing office building.
Why cant developers in my city build cool looking buildings like that? :(

#11 Miss Kyle

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 09:09 AM

Yay, finally :D Couldn't wait to see what you'd come up with, Jens! Awesome work, a great colour pattern and very true-to-original build. Best of luck for the contest!

Edited by Miss Kyle, 05 April 2012 - 09:10 AM.

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 10:11 AM

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#13 moctown


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Posted 05 April 2012 - 07:02 PM

Thank you guys for your kind comments, it's a pleasure!  :sweet:

@Bob: Sorry, didn't take an outdoor shot with a complete view
of the model  :blush: Maybe I'm gonna take one some day.
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#14 Sess


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Posted 05 April 2012 - 09:20 PM

That is moctown! So detailed!!! :sweet:

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#15 moctown


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Posted 07 April 2012 - 08:40 PM

View PostSess, on 05 April 2012 - 09:20 PM, said:

That is moctown! So detailed!!! :sweet:

I think it's a compliment and say: thanks a lot!!  :sweet:
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Posted 14 April 2012 - 02:43 PM

Such a wonderful build, very varied and true to source. Well done!

#17 Jango Fett

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 10:31 PM

I love the technique used and the colours presented! It's just an aesthetic building and so is the model. You have designed a great LEGO model!

That's why I am interested in learning more how you did it. Where did you get the silver parts from, which can be found in the lower area near the entrance? And how did you build the upper part of the building? There are 1x2 tiles as windows on each side, but therefore the plates have to meet back on back somewhere in the middle? How did you solve that "problem"? And then there is the white lower part of the part of the building that is hanging over... oh wow! I'd love to/ have to know how you managed this and what the skeleton underneath the visible bricks looks like!

I guess you don't have a building instruction for this, but I hope you will still unveil some of your secrets about the model. =)

I'd be grateful to hear form you!
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