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  1. Built between 1867 and 1871, the Royal Albert Hall of Arts and Sciences was commissioned by Queen Victoria and named in memory of the Queen Consort Prince Albert, who used to follow Freddie Mercury around, apparently. It was designed in the Italianate Style by Captain Francis Fowke and Major-General Henry Y. D. Scott, who was the very model of a modern Major-General, and cost £200,000 to build. Situated at the southern edge of Hyde Park in West London, the Hall is perhaps the most prestigious theatre venue in the whole of the United Kingdom. The annual Promenade Concerts, or Proms, have been held here since 1941, during which the playing of the National Anthem is the only time Britons are allowed to show any national pride whatsoever. Fun fact: The Royal Albert Hall is the British Standard LJ* unit of volume: as in, 'The LEGO Company produces enough plastic bricks annually to fill the Royal Albert Hall$,' much as 'the football pitch' or 'Wales' are the standard units of area. * LJ = Lazy Journalism $ I may have made this up. This is Pandora's and my entry into the Eurobricks Event Architecture Competition in Billund 2014. We came second! It's quite an intricate build with two separate rings of 1x4 hinge plates - 16 and 12 sides - producing the 'layer cake' structure. The inner ring houses vertically-mounted clippy hinges which form the slopes of the glass roof. This ring sits in the outer one on tiles: it isn't physically connected ... ... and can be removed, revealing ... A big hole! Still, at least now we know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall. It would be possible to create a semblance of interior seating, but we thought the model might be best used to store paperclips. As with any model of this tiny scale, you have to take some liberties with the details. There aren't nearly as many windows as there ought to be, but we figured if they can do that with the arches of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, then we can do it here. Here's the real thing to compare: Actually, the second ring probably ought to be a plate or two higher, but that's easily fixed. CopMike very kindly had a lovely tile printed for all the entrants: Somehow that really makes it; thanks Mike! Thanks for reading! We hope you enjoyed it. Pandora and Rufus flickr