My original idea was for the most masculine/macho building in town. With a garage, steak & bbq restaurant, kick boxing studio, gun range, and a Jacuzzi on the roof; but I decided to simplify so here we have a motorcycle dealership.
Lets start with the female manager doing a smokey burnout and a punk kid at the only working payphone in town. The utilities control box is to its right.
Now for some exterior shots, this building was an old warehouse that's been rennovated. The service bay, with brick build doors, is down a narrow alley. The alley isn't in the best shape (looks like someone has been doing burnouts in the alley as well); the city's budget is stretched so there is no money to repave it. The alley also has two dumpters, which are usually full of rusted parts, boxes, and also meet the rules requirements of having technic connectors on both sides. The brick-built shutters do close when pushed together.
Around back we have the stairs leading up to the second-floor showroom and the HVAC system that feeds the first-floor service bay. There's also a small patch of wild growth outback with Mickey-the-rat, the shop mascot. The new owners wanted to brick in both sets of windows on the side, but the Fire Marshall said they had to have fire escape access so they left two alone (the fire escape windows are offset in half a stud and align with the vertically-striped interior walls).
Lets take a look at the service level, clockwise from the left we have the elevator used to move bikes from the service bay to the second-floor showroom (you didn't think they would hump them up the stairs did you?); a dyno to tune the bikes; emergency fire equipment; vents for the HVAC I mentioned before; a poster of a cute girl on a Guzzi cafe racer; a back room under the stairs for Harry Potter... I mean the coffee maker and bathroom; the workbench with tools, drill press, radio and service manuals, and a coke vending machine (although you can't see it, I'm using a string-piece and a jumper plate to simulate the vending machine being plugged in). I removed parts of the overhead door rails for this photo. The interior walls still have their original brickwork even though the outside of the building was repainted. You can see the blue bricks that give the back of the phone booth its color.
On to the second floor showroom. We have two more brick built bikes, bringing the total to four. You can get either the regular two-up version, or the racier sportbike with the solo seat. The red display platforms are on turntables so you can angle them any way you want. You also have the manager's office with table, clock radio, and register. Being that the manager is female, she decided to put up pleasing wallpaper, if she had left it up to the men the walls would have been covered with newspaper clippings and old Farah Fawcett posters.
The third floor is where the real money is made...accessories. On the wall there are different handlebars, exhaust pipes, and custom bodywork. On the floor is a high performace front end so you can upgrade your suspension and some helmet displays.
While I didn't intend this to be a corner building, with a little modification it could. In my gallery you can also see how the alley and the dumpsters integrate with other modulars. Even though it is a little taller than the Grand Emporium, its still shorter than the Town Hall. I have more and bigger pics on the Flickrs.
Fun Fact: I was going to use BrickForge scooters until they said no 3rd part bricks; which is why I brick-built the bikes.
PS. On Cuusoo.
Edited by Phred, 23 June 2012 - 04:42 AM.