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  1. Hi all! Long time, no post. I hope that you're all doing well. I think I went through a second "dark ages" since I last signed in here! Long story short, I changed jobs, saved up for a mortgage and moved out of my rental place. Now that I'm a homeowner with a spare room, I can finally complete my biggest project. I'd made a thread about this back when I started it, but that was many years ago now and I've made a bit of progress since then. Considering how it went through four(!) house moves I'm pleasantly surprised that it survived! The only job that I need to do before the final phase of building proper is to transfer the sections that are already completed onto a sturdier foundation than regular baseplates. I recently discovered the "MILS" plate concept that's apparently popular among the AFOL community, which seemed a good idea for a build as heavy and awkward to transport as this one. I've already built a MILS-style base for one section, which makes it 1. easier to carry and 2. gives the opportunity for a crypt underneath the main build, which is intended to give the impression of it resting on the foundations of an earlier, smaller building. It has three layers of bricks between the baseplate and top layer of plates rather than just one, but this thing really is very awkward and heavy! The "east" end with the choir and chevet is on its new base, so I'll do the same with the two transepts so they all match up and connect together. I'm now determined that early 2024 is going to be the time when I finally get this thing finished!
  2. Typical Armenian church from the Middle Ages Inspired by: Saint Hripsime Church in Vagharshapat, Armenia (completed in 618) Saint Paul and Peter Church in the Tatev Monastery, Armenia (built in 895-906) This building is a part of a series of 21 buildings built in different architectural styles. Each building is built on one 32x32 baseplate: https://www.flickr.com/photos/66344850@N06/albums/72157708211032315
  3. Founded in 1912, St. John's College is the oldest residential hall in the University of Hong Kong. I lived there in the early 1990s and by that time the third wing did not exist. Thus it did not appear in this build. IMG_5272 by skcheung730, 於 Flickr IMG_5273 by skcheung730, 於 Flickr IMG_5274 by skcheung730, 於 Flickr IMG_5276 by skcheung730, 於 Flickr IMG_5275 by skcheung730, 於 Flickr IMG_5290 by skcheung730, 於 Flickr IMG_5289 by skcheung730, 於 Flickr 5000691 by skcheung730, 於 Flickr
  4. Esben Kolind

    [MOC] Holckenhus

    Hi all, I present to you my model of Holckenhus, a building from 1893 in central Copenhagen, Denmark. As I have biked past it many times and really like the style, I have been wanting to build it in LEGO bricks for some time. There is a reference picture at the bottom of the post and more pictures can be found in the Flickr Album Do you like it? All comments are welcome. Esben
  5. ExeSandbox

    MOC: Container House II

    お久しぶりです Eurobricks 🙇 It's been so long since I've shared any new MOCs over here. Life got in the way for a while, and I haven't had much opportunities for personal LEGO projects. But today I have something that hearkens back to an old MOC of mine that I posted here during the end of 2018 (gosh it feels kinda nostalgic already ) Container House II A follow-up to it's predecessor, but with fully legal construction and much less fun to look at! Gone are all the cool angles and playful colors, instead I have opted for rigid shapes, a monotone black and white color scheme and a heavy emphasis on realism. Almost representative of transitioning from a high and optimistic TFOL to an A F O L too bogged down with the "realities" of life... pics are worth a thousand words etc etc so I won't bother you all with more text lol. enjoy the pics :) Back to more text!!! As a sort of post-mortem, here is a pic of the older and younger container house siblings. I love them both in their own aspects and have put a lot of thought and care into designing them. But I can't shake the feeling that despite the latter being a more successful and better executed LEGO model, the core idea is inherently weaker than it's predecessor IMO. Not to mention the amount of ideas that were copy-pasted from the former model. (very apparent when you view the interior of both models.) I came into this build hoping to completely outdo myself from the past, but it seems that the 4 year old model will still remain as one of my landmark models. As a footnote, I should add that I built this second Container House for the Bricklink Designer Program Series 1. I don't feel good in commodifying my creations all the time (even though that's pretty much the case now). But if it weren't for the program I wouldn't have pushed myself to bring this model into existence and I'm just happy to have made something new. (Not because I NEED THE MONIES or anything.) As well, though it may seem like the limited palette resulted in the restrained color scheme, that is not the case. It was a conscious decision of mine from the start that just happened to work well with the palette's availability. Thank you very much for viewing. 🙇
  6. Bricked1980

    [MOC] RED LONDON TELEPHONE BOX

    Hi everyone It's been a while since I've posted any new MOC's on Eurobricks but I wanted to show the latest project I've been working on called "Red London Telephone Box". In the past I've included miinifig scale phone box's in a couple of my other MOCs, which gave me the idea of building a much more detailed, large scale model of this British cultural icon. Although the red phone box can be found throughout the UK my model is based on an early version of the phone box called the "K2" which was designed specifically for use in London. As well as the phone box itself I've also included a red British pillar box and a street lamp complete with hanging flower baskets and plant pots. The front door can be opened to reveal a vintage telephone and detailed interior. LEGO IDEAS Thanks for checking out my latest MOC and I hope you like it. Whilst designing this I felt that it would make a pretty good submission for LEGO IDEAS. If you'd like to read more about the model or give it your support on LEGO IDEAS then I'd be very grateful. https://bit.ly/legotelephonebox Thank you very much.
  7. The Mountain is a residential building in Ørestad, a modern neighborhood in Copenhagen, Denmark. It is designed by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels (BIG) My model is 96 x 80 studs and built in scale 1:150 based on the actual drawings supplied by the architect. It was built for the exhibition "Formgiving" in Danish Architecture Center showcasing the work of Bjarke Ingels. While the front of the building is a sloped and angled layer of apartments and terraces, the back of the building features a large image of Mount Everest hiding the parking garage inside. Each floor has a distinct color code only visible from the back. This photo shows the regular structure and symmetry of the building. Each floor is 7 plates high. Seen directly from the top, the 45 degrees angles are very visible. The different apartment levels are accessed by a "tilted" elevator between the parking garage and the apartments. This can be seen in the picture below. A picture of The Mountain in the sunset More pictures in very high resolution can be found in this Flickr album. The building process has been documented on the blog bigbuilders.dk where other LEGO models from the Formgiving exhibition are also presented. In the blog posts below you can read about initial design considerations, selection of scale and color, building a mosaic of Mount Everest and see reference pictures of the building. I have included some teaser pictures. Getting started - initial design The parking garage Starting from the bottom Half way up the hill Preparing to build Mount Everest Reaching the summit The final model All comments are welcome. Esben Instagram Flickr
  8. Redhead1982

    MOC Sin city

    My (our) latest MOC is a collab with @MstrOfPppts and is inspired by the iconic Sin city film. The classic black and white color scheme from the comics and the film was substituted by grays as it was much easier to work with and create various details. Here's a pic of the final MOC. It was displayed at exhibitions in three different countries and I used one of such occasions to take some photos. Some of the details are highlighted in the next pics. This dark alley was one of my favourite parts of the whole MOC. There's a back door to the bar, and a suspicious person is emerging from it. And to finish off with some trivia, I never watched the Sin city, only briefly viewed a few Youtube clips. Guilty.
  9. Typical Japanese castle Inspired by: Himeji Castle in Japan (completed in 1618) This building is a part of a series of 21 buildings built in different architectural styles. Each building is built on one 32x32 baseplate: https://www.flickr.com/photos/66344850@N06/albums/72157708211032315
  10. Persian building Inspired by: Shah Mosque in Isfahan, Iran (built in 1611-1629) Mir-i Arab Madrassah in Bukhara, Uzbekistan (built in 1535–1536) This building is a part of a series of 21 buildings built in different architectural styles. Each building is built on one 32x32 baseplate: https://www.flickr.com/photos/66344850@N06/albums/72157708211032315
  11. The Beauties of Hungary: part 1 – University of Debrecen, main building Name: University of Debrecen – Debreceni Egyetem Location: Debrecen Piece count: 803 Situated in Debrecen, Eastern Hungary, the University was founded in 1538 is the oldest continuously operating institution of higher education in Hungary. The most remarkable building of the university houses mostly the Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Science and Technology. A personal note: Debrecen is my home town, and I studied in this university, though most of my classes were not here, but in the chemistry building next to it.
  12. 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.
  13. The 1st of July is an important day for the Greek Parliament building. This year marks 87 years since July 1st, 1935, when the 5th National Assembly solemnly began its work in the new Plenary Hall of the Parliament, thus establishing the role of the building that remains the same to this day. Wanting to honor the history of my country and highlight one of the country's most emblematic neoclassical buildings, I decided to build it with the use of LEGO (in the spirit of the Architecture series) the parliament building, as well as the square with the monument dedicated to the Unknown Soldier. Hellenic Parliament by George Patelis My model consists of 4,842 pieces and measures 35cm x 51cm x 19cm and marks my first attempt to create something in Architecture style. The flag, which is the only non-LEGO element, is my wife's creation, using the macrame technique. More photos can be found on my FlickR account! Below, you can read some of the most important historical elements of the building; The Parliament Building, was built from 1836 to 1843 in the design of Friedrich von Gaertner, to house the palaces of Othon. In 1922, the palace ceased to be used and due to the circumstances after the Asia Minor Disaster, they were housed in it government agencies, private social agencies, and various international organizations. In 1925 a small building was erected in the grounds of the Old Palace, which is known to this day as "Palataki" and in 1928 the Monument to the Unknown Soldier, designed by the architect Emmanuel Lazaridis, was built and thus changed the facade of the building in relation to the surrounding area. Then, in November 1929, the Government of Eleftherios Venizelos, after many discussions, decided to house the Parliament together with the Senate, in the building of the Old Palaces. The works for the conversion of the building into a House of Parliament and Senate were plans of the architect Andreas Kriezis, and it was the most radical intervention in it, after the initial construction and gave it its present image. Finally, some of the most important aesthetic interventions on the outside of the building were the placement of the statue of Harilaos Trikoupis and Eleftherios Venizelos, works by the sculptor Yiannis Pappas, in the western enclosure of the building, and in 2003 the placement of the statue of the Mother of Christos Kapralos in the eastern precinct. (Source)
  14. Dakar A

    [MOC] Adaptive Architects

    Adaptive Architects is a 32x32 modular building, and the third fully custom modular that I've designed and created, from initial sketches to final build with instructions- the complete Lego product cycle, as far as a single person can at least! THE BUILDING The building was done in the style of a turn of the century American brick building, that has been rehabilitated as an adaptive reuse project, preserving the façade of the original building, but improving it for modern efficiency standards with corrugated iron woven into the structure of the existing brick. I wanted to play with the idea of a "solid" façade mixed in with the very square glass and metal structures that you see in a lot of swanky new developments in major downtowns. Of course, it also has to fit with the other modular buildings in order to really be called a successful modular building, right? The in-set porch gives a pleasing difference in depth compared to the rest of the modular street, and I think that it looks right at home with other American style modulars such as the Detective's Office and Brick Bank- the roof height of the "original" sections of the building match up with the existing rooflines, while the adaptive section rises above, both conveying how it was an addition on top of the existing building, AND giving a sort of observation platform to the rest of the modular street- a perspective that I feel like fits the adaptive reuse idea of melding the past (sight lines to the other buildings) with the future (lots of glass letting in light and opening the space above the more crammed street below). Of course, with such a heavenly, god-like view, who should get the penthouse suite but the head architect of the firm? I made liberal usage of the 1x2x2 window frame as cast iron legs for furniture throughout the building, both to decrease the overall number of part types required to build it AND because I feel like that sort of solid, thick steel construction is big in that neo-industrial aesthetic these days. I borrowed the design for the drafting boards from 4000034 System House- I just created my own arm out of the 3L bar pieces and adapters instead of the 3d printed solution or brick-built alternate used there. I also changed the boards to green, because all my experience with drafting boards has had them green, and not white! Finally, the lobby is the most detailed and colorful, in the Modular tradition. There's an architectural model, some project the firm is known for; the reception desk replete with minimalist logo for the firm; and a seating area with those moderately uncomfortable velvet stool things that are almost definitely there to look good and not be sat on! THE DESIGN PROCESS The initial form for this build came the way I always do it- some mood board research on Google, combined with ideas I amass day to day, and then some sketching to try and rough out a shape for the build. As you can see here, the porch has been a constant, even if the design of the rest of the building shifted around a good bit. However, as these things go, I wasn't happy with my first pass. It was too blocky and uniform. It didn't have the whimsy and charm that the Modular buildings embody for me. And that top gable didn't translate the way I'd hoped it would. So it was back to the drawing board. As you can see, this sketch ended up being MUCH closer to the final design. Parts were retroactively added, but the majority of the shaping came from this drawing. I find that combining the unlimited palette of Stud.io with the conceptual freedom of sketching does a great job in helping me to refine an idea without having access to the bricks needed to rapidly prototype. The boondoggle of the build was this gable, however. What I wanted to do was to have plates make up the roof portion, and a nice clean façade beneath them. What I quickly realized, however, was that the Lego system is not friendly to SNOT angles without an overhang, and that I would need a number of parts that do not exist (in dark orange, no less) to accomplish my vision the way I'd...envisioned it. So back to the drawing board (you can see my sketch for the roof done with standard roof bricks in the sketch above- that left page was done after the one to the right). Once I'd acquiesced to using plain old roof bricks, the construction of the build really flowed from there. This is my second draft, with incomplete interior and missing a lot of detailing on the upper floors. But the overall shape and character of the building was complete at this point. The little cornice/ornamentation at the top of the left column of the building took a bit of iteration. I was trying to go for a sort of wrought iron/rusted steel vibe with it, pulling inspiration from many of the buildings on my mood board. Ultimately I went with a more textured version of this that separated the brown section below and the wrought iron section on top, with a bit of the medium azure to carry through the accent color and really make it pop. FINAL THOUGHTS Thank you for reading and viewing my MOC! I'm really proud of this build and happy with how it came out. I feel that I successfully carried out the concept I was going for, and capturing the aesthetic I wanted. My favorite part is probably using the hinge bricks in brown as detail on the 2nd floor in order to get a more compact "recessed" pressed metal detail. Instructions are available through Rebrickable!
  15. Hello everybody, I would like to present you my first ever architecture style MOC, that was built for our LUG's forum Architecture competition. It's called Whydooshna Metropolis, but more on that weird name later. First some shots... The biggest challenge was to find good enough amount of bricks to finish a building, as most of my inventory consists of Technic parts. I tried to use some fancy techniques but only manged to do some snot and double-oriented plates in the base plate... Regarding the buildings, I immediately decided to make fictitious skyscrapers, as it is hard enough as it is and I really admire those who are able to reproduce real buildings in such small details. Now about that weird name: Whydooshna is read in English the same as we pronounce my home time in our dialect. It is correctly written Ajdovščina, but we call it Wajdušna and if I want it to sound like we say it in English... it became Whydooshna My fellow countrymen are also fond of a joke, because we say W instead A in front of our town's name: Name three places that start with "W". -Wimbledon, Washington and Wajdušna (Whydooshna) I know... not that funny, but I guess everyone has a not-so-funny joke up his sleeve. Anyway, I hope you like my Metropolis, I apologise for the photos not being of the finest quality. Thank you for your attention and constructive criticism. I put below some more details about the creation... Best regards! Miha
  16. Unfortunately, progress on Botanical Gardens is now delayed while TLG decides whether 2022 parts (which were available on the old B&P site) should be made available on their new, 'improved' combined site.In the meantime, here are photos of where I have got to.The original Botanical Gardens project is here:https://www.eurobricks.com/forum/index.php?/forums/topic/182622-moc-botanical-gardens-station/The new version will have improved construction and detailing. The full station includes restaurant, offices, lift, telephone exchange, grand staircase, ticket office, Post Office counter, left luggage counter, stairs down (to toilets, platform 2 and underground station) information desk, kiosk, news stand and florist. Platforms and glass canopy will follow in 2023.It is now joined by a twin building on the opposite side of the tracks: a substation for supplying power to the electric trains, which features four rotary converters and a control room. If Lego ever release balloon parts in trans clear, then a mercury arc rectifier will replace one of the rotary convertors.Hope you enjoy the photos, and that TLG decides to release 2022 parts soon.http://www.tubemapcentral.com/legodesign/Botanical_Gardens_Extended/platform_end.jpghttp://www.tubemapcentral.com/legodesign/Botanical_Gardens_Extended/overhead1.jpghttp://www.tubemapcentral.com/legodesign/Botanical_Gardens_Extended/overhead2.jpghttp://www.tubemapcentral.com/legodesign/Botanical_Gardens_Extended/kitchen_telephone_ex.jpghttp://www.tubemapcentral.com/legodesign/Botanical_Gardens_Extended/substation_front.jpghttp://www.tubemapcentral.com/legodesign/Botanical_Gardens_Extended/substation_rear.jpghttp://www.tubemapcentral.com/legodesign/Botanical_Gardens_Extended/substation_interior.jpghttp://www.tubemapcentral.com/legodesign/Botanical_Gardens_Extended/substation_interior2.jpg PS, if you can't see photos you might have a router problem, try rebooting your router
  17. Hello, I thought I had already given my presentation, but that was a long time ago. I'am Kwear, i had retake hobby Lego a day where i search an activity with my daughter in technic build. I had found the very nice french technic forum "Techlug" (ex-SeTechnic). But for moc new pieces technic, I haven't the good feeling. And i have slick to classic lego. My bad english is a problem, and i will write in french. Excuse me. I then dived my research into this world that I did not know, and I discovered a great community. I became passionate about creating a Lego club that I animated for 4-12 year olds. But I don't have the time anymore, so I've accumulated a lot of legos and it's my children who push me to create, play and... put away the stocks of pieces. I had somewhat left the forums aside, but while keeping an eye on them. I came several years ago on eurobricks but this is the first time that I present a moc it seems to me, I'm not sure (I had done the Sainte Sophie basilica / Ayasofia Museum) that I may represent. Thank you for your welcome. Here is the photo of the topic that I opened for a presentation : https://www.eurobricks.com/forum/index.php?/forums/topic/189682-pimp-my-pizza-truck/
  18. 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.
  19. wooootles

    MOC: Corporate Plaza

    Hey guys, Here's the third skyscraper in Wasabi District: Corporate Plaza! At just over 3 feet tall and over 5000 pieces, this 10-storey building is the first office skyscraper in Wasabi District! Yes, it's smaller than my previous buildings, but I finished it in 3 months, a record time for me finishing anything larger than a car! Granted, it's also a pretty basic design, one expected of modern, run-of-the-mill office skyscrapers. Interior shots should be coming up soon. Please, let me know what you guys think! In the meantime, you know what to do if you want to see more pics, check My flickr account for more shots. Check my Instagram account for more WIP pics of the skyscraper, as well as the general WIP status of Wasabi District. Thanks for looking!
  20. The Magnolias on 10th --- The newest luxury development at Wasabi District! Some facts: -Over 10,000 pieces (I stopped counting at 10k) -6 32x32 baseplates -12 modules, including roofs. 9 out of 12 modules fully detailed (interior) -3 Stores: Five Guys, Godiva, 7-Eleven -The most difficult Wasabi District project ever! Check out the rest of my Flickr account for more pics! and follow @wooootles on Instagram to find some WIP/under construction pics! Thanks for checking it out!
  21. Just in time for Christmas, I built a model of the McCallisters' house from the movie classic "Home Alone". But of course not a playset in minifig scale like the IDEAS set, but a micro model at about 1:250. Of course my Architecture-oriented approach is quite a bit different from the playset approach of the IDEAS set. While the LEGO set is primarily interested in the interior of the house, my goal was to accurately capture the house itself as well as the surrounding property. I also chose a bit different colours, as I find dark red a bit more fitting for the house's brickwork. I also chose a grey roof primarily because it fits better into the colour composition of the rest of the build, but also because there really isn't much snow on the roof for the majority of the film. But even on this scale I tried to pay tribute to key elements from the film, like the tree house Kevin escapes to at the end or the garage the McCallisters forgot to close. And of course it features both Little Nero's Pizza bumping against the entrance statue as well as the van of the Wet Bandits. As a Christmas model it lends itself well to lighting, of course. I put 3 LEDs from LightMyBricks into it, one in the kitchen on the back and two in the main wing. The cabling fits well into the base and the power cable can be led out through a small gap in the back. There is an album on Flickr as well as building instructions on Rebrickable for the model as well. (I tried to use smaller images in the post to link to the corresponding Flickr pages so I could lay them out next to each other for a more streamlined presentation, but I still can't seem to figure out how to do a simple image link on Eurobricks. I hope these above images at least do link to Flickr.)
  22. I've not posted for a while but that's because Lego is a winter pursuit for me and the dark evenings have prompted me to get busy again. My Art Nouveau Station, Botanical Gardens, was everything I wanted it to be, and I've decided that I have to complete the building: The first instalment was only 1/3 of the conceptualised structure. So, here is a teaser for the next stage to be completed, the middle section, with grand staircase, lifts (not working), left luggage and entrance to stairs down (to underground station, toilets, and platform 2). The rest of the design is in my head, with the front of the station and the platforms/glass roof already planned. http://www.tubemapcentral.com/legodesign/Botanical_Gardens_Extended/Grand_Staircase.jpg
  23. Hi everyone! I've been a long time lurker here, and I am very proud to share my first ever MOC! This is a modular building inspired by Mexican and Italian architecture. I was originally inspired by the architecture from my home town in Mexico and I wanted to represent that here. Eventually, I mixed in a bit of Italian elements in the facade as well. I initially started with the water fountains (hence the name) incorporating the shell pieces. Next I designed the duomo using the hot air balloon panels which, thankfully, exist in dark orange. The color scheme is a very traditional Mexican palette. My absolute favourite part of this build, however, is the extremely rare Technic 12-tooth gear in green which is the perfect piece for a cactus. That was also the most expensive element in this model! So without further ado... As this is my first full MOC, I am completely open to suggestions. I can also answer any questions about the build. I am currently working on the interior, I have not yet decided on whether I want to make this into a cathedral or a library. I will update this when I have completed the interior. Cheers!
  24. Right in time for election day, I built an Architecture model of the Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany, the seat of the German parliament. Originally built by Paul Wallot in Neo-Renaissance style, after a tumultous history over the entire 20th century the building was fully renovated and modernized by Norman Foster in the 1990s to serve as meeting place for the reunified German parliament again. I wasn't quite sure about doing the building at first, but then I found a version in Creator Expert size, which was a great inspiration for doing one at about half the size. The scale of 1:600 worked itself out rather quickly, since I like to keep Architecture MOCs at 32x32 maximum and the SNOTed facades and towers fit rather well to this scale. I first tried to build the dome from SNOTed transparent slopes, but nothing really worked out satisfactorily. However, the 8x8 half-sphere was a perfect fit for the dome and allowed putting some pieces in for hinting at the walkways and the mirror array inside the real dome. It is a bit low in height with its 3 bricks. But the 5 bricks high one that exists too would have been to high. A 4 bricks high dome would probably be the best compromise, but that doesn't exist yet. When I had my design largely finished, I stumbled across another MOC at a similar scale and although I was rather satisfied with my own design and fortunately wasn't distracted by it too much, I found its use of light blue for the windows rather intriguing so I decided to switch the glass elements from trans-clear to trans-light-blue. I think it makes for a nice contrast to the old tan stonework and emphasizes the modernization of the building rather well. It also seems to give the dome a bit more volume. With all the windows, lighting the model was a natural choice. It is lit by 6 LEDs, 3 each along the longer eastern and western sides. The shorter sides are rather crammed, but since the supporting structure is mostly transparent and the lights are near the corners, the northern and southern sides are sufficiently lit, too. Only the dome doesn't glow as much as in reality since the plenary hall is only lit indirectly through the adjacent building wings. The base is open below the plenary hall and the power cable can be led out through the base on either side of the model. A big advantage of the hinged dome is also that it's openable quite easily. Together with a removable roof this allows a direct view into the plenary hall where we can see the Bundestag live at work. I also couldn't help but do an homage to Christo's wrapping of the entire building in 1995. The model has about 2400 pieces and was in the works for about 3 months, although I didn't work on it the entire time and it got put on hold for other things now and then. For more high-resolution pictures you can also check out the corresponding Flickr album. I tried to make the images link to Flickr directly but couldn't seem to get it working. There's also building instructions available on Rebrickable for the model.
  25. In the 1960s, Northwestern University embarked on a construction frenzy. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill engineered the reclamation of 75-ish acres from Lake Michigan to roughly double the size of the university's campus in Evanston, Illinois. At the same time, Walter Netsch, an architect at SOM, was appointed to design several buildings, including University Library, for the new land. This is what he came up with. In plan, the design consists of a plaza oriented on an east-west axis, flanked by towers to the north, south, and east. Corridors on the west end of the library connect to the university's existing library, built in 1932-33. Netsch's concept, designed for the oncoming Digital Age, was that each of the three towers, organized around a central block, should house a different collection. Shelves in the stacks are arranged as spokes on a wheel so that a student should consult the computerized catalog in the center of the wheel to locate and obtain the desired material in minimum time with minimal hassle. It was, and perhaps still is, university policy that all buildings must be faced with limestone. Limestone is much too tasteful for Brutalist architecture, though, so University Library, and most of Netsch's other works on Northwestern's campus, are textured to make the limestone look like concrete. In the original plan, the central block from which the towers diverge was meant to be the entrance. Instead, Netsch's design was changed so the weird octagon thing became the entrance, because it is closer to the university's existing library. The central core still contains the elevators and bathrooms, but the intended entrance hall is now a cafe. Netsch raised the library's stacks on columns so that a person standing on the plaza, looking to the east, would have an uninterrupted view of Lake Michigan and the horizon. I'm sure it would have been a nice view, but Netsch's design was subverted in 1971 by the construction of another building immediately to the east of the library. I really don't like this building, but it was fun to design an architecture-type model based on it. All these images were rendered using Bluerender. Thanks for looking!