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  1. peedeejay

    [MOC] Modular Casino

    Hey everyone, I would like to present my sixth modular building: A modular casino. Inspired by an art nouveau building on the outside, the inside features three levels where my minifigs can spend all of their hard earned studs. The lowest level features a roulette table where the guy who looked quite confident before entering the casino seems to have a hard time. Moreover you can relax at a bar or exchange money for chips. The staircase is detachable for easy access to the vault room. The middle level features slot machines and blackjack tables. On the top level you can play no limit hold em poker against a variety of other players. The manager's office is also located here. Statistics Parts: 4880 Build time: around 45h within LDD and 8h with real bricks Bricklink orders: 13 Below you can find a selection of images. All of them can be viewed here: http://www.kawano.de...ino/casino.html Again a building instruction is available for purchase for those who would like to build it themselves!
  2. Tube Map Central

    A Long MOC Journey

    I've been building occasional Lego Architecture sets for a few years now, but the series now seems to be well-and-truly moribund. Just tourists traps and Skylines that don't appeal (although the Miami skyline on Ideas is rather nice). But I've always had a train interest too, and the Crocodile caught my attention last year, and I was hooked.I needed more than that to keep myself busy, and I had a collection of OO scale model railways that, in all honesty, were never going to see a layout, so I sold them and switched to Lego trains.I started with two City Train sets, 60197, at good prices, but they really needed a proper station to do them justice. Like many people I think that the Metro Station 4554 is one of the nicest that Lego has ever created. I completed this in Tan, and replaced the windows with panels, which give it a nice 1930s look. I needed another building for the other platform. Lego does Brutalism really well, and 7997 looks the part in Light Grey. The station buffet is long closed, a victim of economies. Together, parting up 4554 and 7997 are a really good lesson in learning the ins and outs of Bricklink and the waywardness of Lego parts colour availability. These are both nice stations, but I wanted something a but more grand and old fashioned. The Disney Train station 71044 is really the only large station that Lego has ever created (it keeps rejecting good stations on Ideas), and I managed to get just the building by itself for a very reasonable price from Ebay. Of course, platforms are needed too. Several Harry Potter stations combine nicely to create an attractive substantial set-up. Although the Disney station is large, it still gives the impression of a country town station rather than a major city terminus. The next step was a chance encounter with a book on the history of Lego sets. The Town Hall in 10184 looked too good to stay as a Town Hall: I could see a Neo-Gothic Victorian monument struggling to get out. St Pieces is the main central station on the layout in my head. Typical Victorian grandiosity (as per St Pancras). I followed the original 10184 plans to the letter and then extended outwards and upwards. My big lesson was not to design like this. It is much better to start with a concept and a blank slate rather than adapt someone else's design. For the record I will note that the 2x2x3 roof slope is HORRIBLE, that part doesn't have clutch, it has anti-clutch, and that roof exploded messily at every opportunity. All those joists in the loft are there for a reason. The desire to return to Brutalism was strong, showcasing just how nice a such a building can be when done well. Inspired by the Royal Festival Hall, Falmer House (University of Sussex) and the Crystal Palace Sports Centre, for Festival Gardens Station I particularly wanted to show the metal-framed windows that characterise these buildings, and I've always wanted to do a circular roof. Initially, I thought I had cursed myself by making the whole building an odd-number of studs wide but the Lego gods were merely testing my resolve: the circular roof went together with the main building like a dream and fitted perfectly. I just wish there were more inverted slopes available. I thought that Festival Gardens would be the last stop on my journey, but Art Nouveau has always been my first architectural love, and ideas started forming in my head about ways to make it possible. You've already seen Botanical Gardens, but here are a few photos again so you can see my full journey! So, that's my long MOC journey come to an end. I hope you enjoyed the results. I think that's exhausted my inspiration for now, but who knows what might pop into my head next! If any of these buildings generate particular interest I will start a separate thread for them with extra photos, I need the practice!
  3. Tube Map Central

    [MOC] Botanical Gardens Station

    Had to share this. I've long enjoyed Art Nouveau architecture, and implementing it well in Lego has stretched many minds. Lego's plant pieces give the easiest route and I decided to exploit this.Botanical Gardens station is a then-innovative steel-framed building designed to be airy and spacious and let in as much light as possible. It features a glass first floor and roof, and plenty of electric lights. There are ticket windows, a small buffet and upstairs is a restaurant (the Rose Garden) and railway office.The interior is inspired by the adjacent botanical gardens, with the steelwork inside exposed but lavishly decorated.The inspiration is the Brussels Comic Strip Museum, designed by Victor Horta, and a small but lavish church in the Essex, UK suburb of Brentwood.Enjoy. [Apologies for zero photography skills]
  4. Giacinto Consiglio

    [MOC] Fine Arts Shop & Newsagent's

    I'm very happy to introduce you my latest modular building, once again celebrating the joyful and elegant Art Nouveau Architecture. The buildings house a Fine Arts Shop and a Newsagent's on the ground floor, a therapist office on the first floor of the left building, a writer's messy room on the second floor, and the newsagent's apartment on the upper floor of the right building. I'm particularly satisfied by the right building, as I wanted to include some features from the renown Maison Saint Cyr by arch.Gustave Strauven in Bruxelles, as well as the very hard-to-find nougat colour, recently used in 1x10 plates as well as older 2x4 plates: these are the only "stackable" pieces in that colour. Hope you like it!
  5. Pate-keetongu

    New Century Corner III

    The third block of my series of Art Nouveau/Jugendstil modulars: The yellow building is called Kotiharju house. It is inspired by Eol in Helsinki's Katajanokka. It was work of Gesellius-Lindgren-Saarinen studio in 1903, when they were the most renowned architects in Finland. I took the form of strong, malleable plasted building by rounding the corners with gapless SNOT techniques; it took quite a lot of parts but looks clean and is very stable. My version is not exact copy, though. I wish the bay window on the left looked more solid, but it's hard to make compact bay windows with angled window panels. The olive green building is called Kallioperä. The main inspiration is work of Gustaf Estlander who is more famous as a yatch designed, but was very active architect in Helsinki between 1901 and 1910. The round double portal is straight from Estlander's work. The grey natural stone details are inspired by famour works of Gesellius-Lindgren-Saarinen: Finnish National Museum and Pohjola Insurance Company. The shaping of the robust bay windows refers to Grahn-Hedman-Wasastjerna's works around Helsinki and the triangular "stone church" portal to Von Essen-Kallio-Ikäläinen's Norma in Katajanokka. This modular was made in two parts, the corner in spring 2019 for Hupicon exhibit, and the rest this spring. The third building, Primrose building, is more international. It is inspired by Viennese Secession and its applications that were well known in Finland at the time. The main source is Jungmann Square 1 building in Prague, but most of the neo-baroque details are left out to capture simpler, more elegant feel akin to Otto Wagner's work. Female masks with flowing hair were usual in Prague Art Nouveu but rare in Finland. They make a mental connection to my character builds. This one is quite complicated technically; especially the turrets are interesting complexes of SNOT techniques. There is more on my blog, including my own source photos of actual buildings referred. Thanks!
  6. Giacinto Consiglio

    [MOC] Art Nouveau Modular Corner Building

    My fifth modular building had to be a corner one, and the style I strongly wanted to replicated was Art Nouveau. My first attempt, a sand red building with quite monotonous details, featured some of the typical elements of Art Nouveau, but it didn't convince me at all, so I came up with this design. I also wanted to use a new colour palette and, inspired by Gaudi's brickworks, I made a sort of "pastel mosaic" on the facade. In addition, I wanted to use gold with black, which is a fairly common combination in architecture. The ground floor is a minerals shop (whose owner is a secret alchemist who finally found the ultimate formula to convert all metals into gold- which he actually sells ), while the first floor is an architecture studio with glass skylights in a copper frame. Hope you like it!
  7. Pate-keetongu

    New Century City Block II

    This is posted before Block I for this is newer and the photographies of this one is better - being only 64x96 studs I was able to rotate it in the studio. Now. This is a block of early 1900s modular houses. They are not built with LEGO's standards, they're bigger and have no interiors (nor inner walls, floors and so on). Goal was to create interesting and impressive outer forms of buildings. Grand Hotel Masaryk is inspired by Grand Hotel Europe in Prague. Due to heavy use of SNOT, the construction id rather complex, but sturdy nonetheless. Bright colours create contrast with the neighbours. Olofslott begin with idea to build a larger building on 45 degree angle. There is a large tower with a glass dome and various bays to create interesting shape. It is inspired by Olofsborg house in Katajanokka, Helsinki, and Imatra State Hotel, two masterpieces of Finnish Art Nouveau. House of the Brick Wall is inspired by National Museum of Finland. The curved wall has more modern feel on it. The curved roof was very tricky bit to build. Louhi represents Finnish Squared Rubble using natural stone national romantiscm. It is inspired by Old Poli on Lönnrotinkatu, Helsinki, and Tampere Cathedral in my hometown. I was curious wether people would like the bare plate walls or not - I think they're quite close to the look I was trying to achieve. The rope bridge gateway was there from the beginning. Lots of talk and some extra shots on the blog Cyclopic Bricks. Thanks for watching! Build on!
  8. I’d like to kick off with one of my (sort of) master pieces. At least some of my local LUG like it and it was displayed at our local LEGO store. It is a railway stop in Vienna, actually an underground-station of the line U6, but situated above floor level. The architect of the original building was Otto Wagner https://en.wikipedia...iki/Otto_Wagner, world famous for Art Nouveau (Jugendstil) in Vienna, Austria. It is my least „micro“-scale building I’ve ever built, the scale is approx. 1:100. I’ve tried to show as much detail as possible and it showcases each and every door and bench. Just in the wings I had to reduce the number of windows from 8 to 6, to keep the symmetry with the archs below. The roof rests like with the original building on the green stands, so they are functional even within my model. For the Nouveau-Art ornaments came mixel-teeth in quite usefully, as well as the round 1x1 mini-tiles. (klick to enlarge) Here’s a view into the building with the platform, therefor i removed the roof on one side. However, I did not add a train, because I’m more interested in architecture than in trains.