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  1. 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)
  2. thenightman89

    [MOC] US Supreme Court Building

    I designed the US Supreme Court in the style of the Architecture Landmark series! Since the building is actually quite long in its depth, I took inspiration from the overall approach of the official Trafalgar Square set. The rear side of the building also features a super micro version of the famous courtroom! Let me know what you think!
  3. Terrasher

    [MOC] Arc de Triomphe

    Hello everyone! Right after buying the Big Ben, my love for landmark buildings grew. I also started liking a lot more the Architecture sets. At the beginning of the summer, I wanted to start a big LEGO project, but I had no idea what to do. I thought about making a Star Wars diorama, or tons of micro ships, but what I really wanted was something to accompany my Big Ben and my Tower Bridge. I've always thought that the Arc de Triomphe would make the perfect candidate for a Landmark set. It's got plenty of detail, it's got the right size and is just overall beautiful. One evening, I decided to toy around with some hinged parts I had laying around. I thought about making midi-scaled Arc de Triomphe. That's when I built the ceiling of the arch. It was spot on, but it was a bit too big to make something rather medium sized. So, one thing lead to another, I had tons of spare white bricks and grey greebles, I made a few PaB orders, and then I ended up with this: Sorry if the image quality isn't great, I'm not great with cameras and I don't have a particular place to take pictures of MOCs. My main sources of inspiration for the Arc were a few Architecture sacled MOCs I've seen on LEGO Ideas, and a big Arch built with beige bricks (main inspiration for the tiled walls). Most of the arch was built from scratch. The only special ordered bricks (PaB wall and S@H) were white tiles for the walls, the border of the sculptures (the ones that look like paintings), most of the shields section, the interior side of the walls (the part with the white grilles that make the names), most of the big LBG section right above the main arch, and most 1x1 round flat tiles. The whole build should be built at nearly the same scale as the Tower Bridge. In fact, it's closer to the Bridge's scale than to Big Ben's. Statues and more sculptures: I actually think I went crazy with the details. Certainly for the statues. I really wanted everything to be there. I wanted every arm, leg, tree and bush to be there. The Arc de Triomphe was really my first big LEGO project. Beforehand, the biggest thing I had made were a few modular houses the size of the Pet Shop. This is the best I could do for the inside of the side arches. The four sculptures on the walls are all there, but I only took a picture (or tried) of this one). Ceiling main interior: The roof and the shields: This is the part I'm proudest of. With the shields, the real challenge was to get them all in. There are 11 shields each big side, and 4 (and a window) on each small side. There was actually not mathematical way to get them all in by simply stacking bricks on top of each other and have everything face upwards. So, I built the whole section using SNOT. The only thing that's not actually been built yet (because it's too expensive for what it is), is the sculptures surrounding the roof. And a couple of comparison shots: Alright, that's the Arc de Triomphe.
  4. Lamborghini Waffle Sauce

    [MOC] The Hungarian Parliament in 1:650 Scale

    For the Architecture Faves contest on LEGO Rebrick, I have built the Hungarian Parliament building in Budapest. It is a building I have built many times at a smaller scale, but this time I decided to build it in 1:650 scale to focus on the many details that this building offers. Constructed in 1896 and finished in 1904, the Parliament building is Budapest's most visited landmark, and Hungary's most iconic building. The architecture is an indicator of Hungary's numerous artistic and aesthetic influences from all corners of Europe. The majority of the building utilizes gothic revival style influenced by the cathedrals of Western Europe, which is shown in the arches, columns, and spires. The iconic red dome and the rooftops are influenced by renaissance revival style, which is a staple of architecture in Southern Europe, which has had a large influence on Hungary's history. The building sits on the Eastern embankment of the the Danube river (or the Pest side) and can be viewed from the other side and the many hills that are on the Buda side, which make up almost half the city. Being the tallest building in the city (along with St. Stephen's cathedral, both at 96 meters tall), the red dome of the Parliament can be seen from very far away. The side of the Parliament facing away from the river is Kossúth Lajos square, with a plaza, fields with trees and flowers, and two monuments. Being in 1:650 scale, the model (with the base) is 59 studs wide, 55 studs long, and 23 studs or 20 stacked bricks tall. That's 47cm wide, 44cm long, and 19cm tall. Being a medium-sized model, it still consists of over 5000 bricks. My goal is to build Budapest's other landmarks in this scale, and also connect them by building parts of central Budapest. More pictures in the flickr album, as well as a cross-section of the building technique used to build the dome.
  5. diegobaca

    [MOC] Machu Picchu

    History: The legendary Peruvian citadel of Machu Picchu is the most familiar icon of the Inca civilization. Located in the Sacred Valley, which is 80 kilometers (50 miles) northwest of Cuzco, it was constructed around 1450 at the height of the Inca empire. Most archaeologists believe that Machu Picchu served as an estate for the Inca Emperor Pachacutec (1438-1472) and was abandoned just over 100 years later in 1572 because of the Spanish Conquest. Machu Picchu was rediscovered in 1911 by American historian and explorer Hiram Bingham. In 1983, UNESCO designated Machu Picchu as a World Heritage Site. Model Features: This microscale model of Machu Picchu showcases several key architecture features of the iconic building: Model Info: The model has 511 pieces and measures 20.8 x 19.2 x 11.5 centimeters, (8.2 x 7.6 x 4.5 inches). Instructions and part list for the model are available for download here. Motivation: As a fan of the LEGO Architecture series, I was surprised there were no official sets from South America. UNESCO described Machu Picchu as “an absolute masterpiece of architecture and a unique testimony to the Inca civilization”, making Machu Picchu the perfect landmark to build, learn, and explore. Without a doubt, the perfect candidate for a great LEGO set! I have been lucky enough to visit Machu Picchu on several occasions and my goal was to capture the beauty and splendor of this Wonder of the World. I hope you enjoyed my interpretation of this famous landmark. You can learn more about this creation on my LEGO Ideas site. Thank you for your comments and support!
  6. Hi guys, Here's my latest MOC - Grand Central Terminal! Hope you enjoy the detail jam-packed into this MOC. It's up on Ideas. Dozens of photos and a time lapse video here Grand Central Terminal on IDEAS. PS - Why is the max total size for an image upload set at 100KB??? At that limit, I can barely get one thumbnail in.
  7. Hey it's me, Pau Padrós, you may know me from my Ideas account: Anyway, I'd like you to be completely honest with what you think. Please don't hesitate to comment. La Sagrada Familia This is the recreation of the worldwide famous cathedral located in Barcelona. It is by far the most complex build I've ever done, and also the one which ended up looking the best. Unlike many other sets Lego does, this is a 360° display piece, which means that it can be viewed from all four sides and it still looks magnifiscent. The beautiful cathedral standing 57 cm (22"). This shows the cathedral on its Facade of Birth. Facts: 57 cm tall 9016 pieces 7699 tan pieces 856 tan tooth pieces 144 tan column pieces 120 tan "Lego Games" microfigures An extra shot: The Sagrada Familia as the centerpiece of a layout (along with some of my own modulars ) This is a never-seen-before creation, and I'm happy to show it to the wonderful people of Eurobricks, as the Ideas people rejected such creation. Well, they lose the chance, don't they?
  8. This is actually my first post here on the forum, even though I’ve been following it for a while now… Entering this contest seemed like a good excuse to finally register as a member ;-) I live near Rotterdam in the Netherlands and for this contest I choose the Euromast, with 185 m the tallest building in Rotterdam. Some background facts Built for the 1960 Floriade Event, the Euromast is an observation tower designed by Hugh Maaskant with a base pillar diameter of 9.6 meter. At 32 m above ground there is a small museum, resembling a ship’s bridge. The platform is at 96 m and houses a restaurant, viewing decks and even hotel rooms. Originally the tower was only about 100 m tall, but after it was surpassed by other high-rise buildings in the city, it was decided to add the Space Tower: a rotating observation capsule carrying visitors all the way to the top. With a tower like this, scale wise there were only a couple of options: the base pillar could either be 1 stud or 2 studs wide. The first option was a bit too simplistic for my taste, and because I insisted to add at least some detail I went for the latter option. This resulted in a scale of about 1/600, making my model 31 cm high. Base and top part were pretty straightforward to build, but especially the middle part took me several attempts until I was satisfied with recreating the particular shape. Anyway, I had fun building the tower, so thanks for reading and good luck to all who entered!
  9. Terrasher

    Landmarks Discussion

    Hello! I've created this topic to discuss about anything related to landmark sets (Eiffel Tower, Taj Mahal, Big Ben, etc.) You can talk about what you'd like to see as far as landmarks go, ask questions, post your opinion about any set, well, anything that's related to these beauties! To start off, I'd like to ask what everyone would like the next landmark(s) set(s) to be. For me, I'd see the Arc de Triomphe as a very good candidate. Even if the build would be mostly white bricks, I think it would make for a very nice display set. I've also thought about the Rome's Coliseum, but I think the build would be too repetitive, even for a landmark set.
  10. On the dusty high plains of West Texas, the Llano Estacado of yore, memorialized in song and art, sited on a extant portion of the original Mother Road, Route 66, just west of Amarillo, rests Stan Marsh's Cadillac Ranch, a monument to the Open Highway, the Road Trip, and the Gasoline-Fueled Four-Wheel Behemoths that used to prowl these byways. Cadillac Ranch is a modern sculpture of a series of ten 1950's era Cadillacs buried hood first in the West Texas dirt, designed to illustrate the progression of body styles and tail fins through the decade and beyond, with vehicle models from 1949 to 1963 stuck unceremoniously in the ground. The installation is publically accessible - and untold numbers of visitors have left their marks - brightly painting every above-ground surface with a variety of designs, colors, and graffiti. My version of this iconic architectural landmark is a mini-fig scale depiction of four Cadillacs, containing 1217 parts. Designed and built over the course of about 6 months, going through several iterations. Enjoy. Additional images are in my brick safe gallery, including an image with CADILLAC RANCH title tile, and images with optional minifigs busy "decorating" image from Wikimedia Commons:
  11. The Ruins of St.Paul's is the ruins of a 16th-century complex in Macau including of what was originally St.Paul's College and the Church of St.Paul, a 17th-century Portugese church. Today, the ruins are one of Macau's best know landmarks. In 2005, they were officially listed as part of the Historic Centre of Macau, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Macau is to the west of Hong Kong. It only takes you an hour to go there from Hong Kong by jets. For more information:
  12. enigmus_2000

    [MOC] Washington Monument

    WASHINGTON MONUMENT PIECES: 4128 DIMENSIONS: 15” L x 15” W x 51 ½” H WEIGHT: 10.15 lbs The Washington Monument is an obelisk on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., built to commemorate George Washington (1732-1799), once commander-in-chief of the early Continental Army and the first president of the United States of America. He exemplified the core ideals of the American Revolution and the new nation: republican virtue and devotion to civic duty. Completed in 1884, the monument, constructed of marble, granite, and bluestone gneiss, is the tallest stone structure in the world, standing at 555’ 5 1/8” tall (169.294 m). It was the tallest structure in the world until 1889 when the Eiffel Tower was completed in Paris, France. This sculpture, created entirely from 4128 official LEGO® pieces, faithfully reproduces the elegance of this incredibly impressive and instantly recognizable monument. The completed scale (1:131) of the sculpture captures the awesome presence of the real monument. The Washington Monument is deceptively difficult to design to proper scale with available LEGO® pieces while also capturing the graceful angles of the obelisk sides and top pyramid. By gradually stepping-in the sides of the monument, the completed sculpture is able to very closely capture the 88.8 degree angle of the sides and the 72.6 degree slope of the top pyramid. As part of design modifications in 1876, the monument entrance was modified as shown in the model. Today the entrance is covered by a temporary visitor screening center, erected in 2001. The screening center was omitted from the design to better capture the look of the original monument. Today the monument is situated in the center of five concentric rings of light and dark circular stone pavers. While capturing all the stone rings to scale would create too large of a display footprint, the first three rings were accurately captured to scale. The modern monument is also ringed by 56 flags (one for each state and U.S. territory), but due to the designed scale only 24 flags are used to capture the effect. Typically many LEGO® models are designed “studded” in appearance. However, this particular model was designed to eliminate the appearance of LEGO® piece studs. This “stud-less” look adds an incredible level of realism to the final model.
  13. Hi all! About 6 weeks ago the 10th Eurobricks Event took place and with it a little Architecture competition was held: One had to build and bring a sight from his home country. I chose to build the Frauenkirche in Dresden, a church that is well-known but also has some complicated features that offered a little challenge. It was destroyed during World War II and famously rebuilt after the reunification of Germany, finishing in 2005 and now probably being the most famous church in the northeast of Germany. I always loved it for its geometry and history and when I visited Dresden a couple of years ago I was quite taken by it which made the choice easy. This was the first MOC for which I used the help of virtual bricks to recreate the shape and the angles in the most exact way possible. It was quite a challenge for me as I never used anything like it before but I soon realised that for things like this it is way more effective than actually sitting in front of a pile of bricks. It was also the only option to actually get something done as I had no bricks at hand at all until I would fly home to Germany a week before the event. Therefor I spent the 4 weeks before my flight stacking bricks inside my Mac, slowly improving the MOC by using all the possible reference material I was able to require, making use of photographs, scale models, architectural drawings and even Google Earth. Once finished I suddenly realised that out of the roughly 3000 parts that I used in the model about 200 weren't in production and another 40 would cost me as much as the rest of the parts (who would have known the rarity of travis bricks in tan??) For example I had used 1x2 curved slopes as they recreated the shape of the dome perfectly and 1x3 tiles in tan as well, both parts that were never made.. In the end I was able to get around all that and ordered everything necessary, finally having time for stuff like exams or hand-ins for college In the end it took take me another week at home to eventually finish the model. Front: Back: The real thing - not my photo: This build won me a first place in the Architecture competition and a rather lovely Marina Bay Sands Many thanks to CopMike and Bonaparte for organising the event and the competition, to Whitefang for bringing the prize over, to Aredhel and Legopard for some helpful criticism and to all the eventees that made the evening such a great one and the competition so strong! I would never have thought to win this one after seeing all the other amazing entries. Please consider checking them out in this nice summary! Other entrees that were posted already: Bryggen by L@go Cologne Cathedral by Aredhel Holmenkollbakken by Cecilie Royal Albert Hall by Rufus & Pandora Water Tower by Redhead1982 I hope you like it. Comments and critique are of course appreciated. Thanks for your time!
  14. 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
  15. I've wanted to build this since last year's Iron Builder that used this piece as the secret piece. And I've always been fascinated by the real thing since childhood. For more info read the Wikipedia The "ripples" on top of the pits were where the wooden "roof" was when first built. Illustrated here in Lego. Single soldier and horse
  16. INTRO Hello LEGO fans. This will be my first review. I learned a few things from it so my subsequent ones should be better. I also found there is a review of this set already. I didn't read it past the first photo as I didn't want to unintentionally copy it. Another note, pictures were taken at night. The flash was leaving too much spots, so I decided to go by lamp only. I am fairly busy during the day, but I'll try to get my next reviews with better photos. I also don't separate the parts by colour or similarity, but I did for this review as it may be easier to see what's inside. There is also a catalog at the end of the booklet. Link to pictures in Flickr for slightly higher resolution SET INFORMATION LEGO Architecture, Landmark Series, 21011 Brandenburg Gate 362 pieces $34.95 retail model 22.4cm x 9.2cm (8.8in x 3.6in) Front Back Bottom Signature from the designer printed THE PARTS Box opened Booklet cover Booklet history information first pages Parts in assorted bags Parts sorted (for review clarity, I don't usually sort) BUILDING THE SET The instructions were easy to follow. Below are some random pages: And some of the building progress: Extra parts, among them a label in English. FINAL PRODUCT Completed front Completed back IMPRESSIONS - The instruction booklet was of high quality paper, unlike the regular LEGO sets. It also had a nice history in the beginning and history snippets throughout the pages. At the end there was information about the designer. - The parts had less variety and neutral colours. This opens up possibilities for different building projects. The set also looks geared for a more mature audience due to the colouring. - The price is higher and I don't think the better booklet justifies it. For comparison, the 70~ piece sets were $20 and regular LEGO goes for as low as $11 for the same piece count. - The set is still targeted at teenagers, however, it doesn't exactly look like a toy so it can be a nice room ornament as well. RATING Building: 9/10 Playability/Reusability: 10/10 Appearance: 10/10 Value for cost: 6/10 Quality: 10/10