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  1. As I didn't have much time to concern myself with this year's Summer Joust, I decided to just build a few Architecture models, mostly inspired by the African Setting category. They're all UNESCO World Heritage sites, as this year also marks the 50th anniversary of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention and coincidentally they're all (more or less) from the 13th century. Okay, the first one is technically from the the 20th century, specifically 1906/7, as it is the Great Mosque of Djenné in Mali. However, it is supposedly recreating the original mosque that was built in the 13th century but left to fall into disrepair in the 19th century. And while it is debated how much influence the French administration had on the building, it has been built by the local masons' guild using traditional techniques and is a prime example of traditional Sahelian clay architecture. I captured it on the small scale of 1:400 with the primary driver for the design being the 1x2 tooth plate for the characteristic clay design and studs for emphasizing the rodier palm sticks. Then I built a model of one of the rock-hewn churches in Lalibela, Ethiopia, which were actually among the very first sites to be declared UNESCO World Heritage in 1978. These churches were cast right out of the volcanic ground in their entirety in an effort by King Gebre Mesqel Lalibela to recreate Jerusalem in the Ethipian Highlands in the 12th and 13th century. I built one of the most prominent ones, the cross-shaped Bete Giyorgis (House of St. George), which fits quite well into the LEGO grid on a rather large scale of 1:100. It's not a particularly complicated building with a lot of facade detail to begin with, but it is a rather interesting building nevertheless and a neat addition to my repertoire of mostly European churches. Finally and more or less spontaneously, I also built a rather small model for the 12x12 Vignette category. I recently rediscovered my 6-wide octagon technique and it fits just perfectly for a model of Castel del Monte at a very small scale of 1:900. This building, built under Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II in Apulia, Italy is mostly known for its characteristic octagonal design, so gettting that right was the most important thing for capturing it. The towers (although originally also octagonal) then fit quite naturally around it in the correct spots. A little entrance and the whole thing is done. Building instructions for all three models can be found on my Rebrickable profile. I also want to thank the Zamani Project, a research project for documenting mostly African heritage, which among other resources also provides freely browsable 3D models of the two African sites above, which were very helpful in designing the corresponding LEGO recreations.
  2. I normally just pick Arial for mine (also depends what the printing service has available). But I don't have a big "font eye" and any sans serif is usually just "Arial" to me. Still, thanks for finding it out. However, I have a feeling they might also have changed it up a little recently.
  3. I didn't really understand what the use of a second set of Chinese Wall was either. The single model perfectly captured the essence of the original in a not too big set, exactly how a proper Architecture set should. 20 more of the towers and wall pieces didn't really improve anything since they looked the same and you're not going to build the entire wall anyway. That being said, with the Chinese Wall set the extension at least made sense, because the repeated elements are repetetive in reality, too. But two entrances and two Niles are just dumb. Of course you can say everyone can modify it anyway and build the backside differently. But you can say that about every LEGO set and in that case, presenting it as a mere "buy two and put them together" option is a bit disingenuous. What could have worked (without making the part count explode with useless pieces) would have been the option to leave away the whole front half with the Nile (i.e. making the depth of the base only half as big) and maybe covering the entrance with a few more white slope pieces. This would mean you'd have superflous Nile village pieces in the second set, but at least the people who really want to buy that second set would get a proper backside.
  4. Well, true indeed. The fact that it's also done in the most simple and effortless way possible (by just putting in two Technic bricks and letting everyone else figure out what to do with two entrances and two Niles) only makes it an even more genius marketing gimmick, I guess. But I'm also glad that they're leaving this option to people who really want a giant foursided block of white slopes covering their entire dining table (and are willing to pay for that), while I can put a set that's just small enough to still count as an Architecture set neatly into my shelf.
  5. Uh...you know that those same regular online stores will...like...also offer the Pyramid for a lot less than 120€, right? And the fact that you want to buy two sets for whatever reason is kind of your decision and not the fault of the Pyramid set (although, the product description unfortunately presents this stupid idea as a viable approach). Of course that...well...kind of...doubles the price. And then you still only have a minfig castle, rather than a microscale Egyptian panorama. You might like the former more than the latter, of course. But again, that's kind of your decision. I have to say, I find the price somewhat unreasonable, too. But that comparison is just ridiculous really.
  6. I wouldn't automatically assume that the pyramid covers the entire width of the diorama anyway (unless I have missed that in the description).
  7. Rauy

    [MOC][Architecture] Whydooshna Metropolis

    Really great job and very coherent design, on the buildings as well as the landscape! That little helicopter ist also very neat. I really like those trees, I've never seen those little micro palms put directly onto flower stems.
  8. Really EVERYTHING sounds better than a 600€ 5m Eiffel Tower. ;-) But yes, the description of the pyramid set sounds somewhat optimistic, al least regarding its optics (I still have problems with the general size and price directions). I don't really need the interiors, but if they're done well, they might be a neat addition. I think, though, the option for completing it into a full pyramid is rather stupid, since you'd also double/mirror everything else. That makes even less sense than the Chinese Wall thing. But I don't really need a full pyramid anyway, since the whole thing is going to sit on a shelf against a wall anyway and we already had other sets without a proper backside. So I'm fine fine with half a pyramid, especially if that means spending more effort on the rest of the scenery and not making the set explode even more.
  9. Whoa, that price genuinely sucks, though! Remember the sets with even more pieces, like Statue of Liberty and Empire State? Yeah, they cost about 2/3 of that. I mean, okay, they raised the price of the Taj Mahal to 120€ this year, but that's still 20€ less and has 2000 pieces. Like wut?! And I really can't believe that pyramid to be too much larger in volume than the Taj Mahal either.
  10. At least they had sense enough to not give it a 210... set number, so they kind of pretend it's not an actual Architecture set. Although it still bears the Architecture logo, which is a rather dumb compromise then and sure to cause enough collector's urge (I certainly want one). It really feels a bit unfortunate to see this beautiful building when the plebs can then buy the 5th iteration of the Eiffel Tower instead. But alas, employee presents don't have to be mainstream-marketable. However, the 4000... set number is why I think this unfortunately won't ever make its way into public access (other than ebay for 500€) rather than staying a limited employee present forevermore, like those Christmas exclusives. The LEGO House is publicly buyable in unlimited quantities, but that also bears a proper 210... Architecture number.
  11. Rauy

    The Tragedy of Turin Part 1

    Very neat! Turin Turambar is probably my favourite storyline from The Silmarillion. Looking forward to what's to come (I see you also have a second one up already, which is awesome too).
  12. Wow, that's rather unexpected. Though, I can't quite believe it yet really. The price sounds kind of way too low for that part count. It's also not a 21... Architecture set number, although the part count would be a bit much for that anyway (the price would be quite right, though, but as said they just don't seem to match anyway). But it's not a 10... Crerator Expert number either. It rather seems like they're trying to start something rather new there (although clearly oriented towards 18+ non-LEGO-affiliated customers of course). Therefore I wouldn't even bet that the building and its architecture are remotely center of the attention. It might be something entirely different, like an homage to various pieces from the MoMA or just something generically "artsy", or some collaboration with the MoMA. It could really be anything but a building. Not sure where you got these rumours from. It also seems oddly coincident with that mentioned accident. Not that it's just some kind of bad joke or anything. EDIT: Actually, the set number fits pretty much into the LEGO Art Mosaic series, which explains the low prize per part (and also fits to the part count). I'm quite sure it's just a mosaic of famous MoMA works or whatever.
  13. I built an Architecture model of Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam, Germany, the former summer residence of Prussian king Frederick the Great. It was built in the 1740s in the style of Rococo based on plans by architect Georg Wenzelslaus von Knobelsdorff and is a UNESCO World Heritage site, together with the rest of Sanssouci Park and its other palaces and gardens. The scale of the model is about 1:275. While the palace is often compared to Versailles, it is a lot smaller and more intimate, as it was deliberately intended for more residential purposes rather than mere representation of luxury. Though, even with less than 1900 parts, with more than 64x32 studs maximum its footprint is still relatively large for an Architecture model. The model is not built all too complicatedly. The playful Rococo flair primarily lives from the colour composition and the plate modifieds in the roof balustrades emulating the sandstone vases. And this part was also the primary problem with the model, as those good old 1x4 fences are extremely rare in tan and the model needs almost 50 of them. But I liked the design too much when I realized how rare they actually are, so I just tried to collect enough of them over time. That's why the project was in the works for about 20 months. However, I have also included a version with grey balustrades on Rebrickable, which is a lot easier to assemble, albeit IMHO not as beautiful and stylistically coherent as the tan version. I'm especially satisfied with how the colonnades on the nothern side turned out. Luckily, the proportions of the circle fit rather well to the not too small roof pieces and the whole column pattern worked out perfectly (it's even the correct number of columns, if you treat one LEGO column as one column pair from the original). Unfortunately, though, the model doesn't include the height changes of the terrain outside of the colonnades, but that's ultimately the compromise of a free-standing Architecture model and is mitigated a little by the rather tightly cut base. I also chose to integrate lighting again, unfortunately only possible for the main wing, though. With 5 LEDs the whole things is sufficiently lit and the power cable can be led to the back under the base, where it leaves the base through a little gap in the frame. There are building instructions for the model on Rebrickable.