LEGO shared details of the next modular building this week – the Downtown Diner, scheduled for release on 1 January 2018.
If you’re curious what LEGO says about it’s latest modular building, scroll to the bottom.
My view? I must admit that my first reaction was one of disappointment. It is a nice building, but I couldn’t picture it fitting in with a traditional modular street. The street view released by LEGO re-inforces this in my opinion.
Rebrickable recently announced that it had merged with MOCPlans, and it is now possible to buy and sell instructions for MOCs directly through Rebrickable. This option overcomes a number of the reasons I stopped selling instructions (mainly time, and nothing at all to do with Lepin), so I thought I’d give it a go.
At this stage, there are instructions available for just four of my MOCs:
It’s always a treat when Barrie Crossan produces one of his Dutch-style modular buildings, so it’s even more of a treat when there’s two! The Double Dutch includes a 19-stud wide Florist and 13-stud wide Record Shop, each with a two-bedroom apartment on the upper floors.
Both facades are striking, using bold and contrasting colours. Dark Orange and White is one of my favourite colour combinations for modular buildings. (Edit: I may need a new monitor – Barrie tells me its actually Reddish Brown!) I would normally have thought to use Light Bluish Grey for the trim on this colour combination, but I like how the Black trim ties the two buildings together.
The interior is fully furnished, with lots of clever ideas. My favourites are the loft bed and the snowboard couch!
Check out Barrie’s Flickr stream for lots more inspiration!
As part of the celebration of 10 years of modular buildings, LEGO is giving you the chance to win the complete set of modular buildings. Yep, every single one of them. Essentially, you just need to build a mini modular scale version of one of your own modular buildings, that fits within the defined specs for the mini modular.
You’ll go mad if you miss out on the opportunity to win every single modular building ever produced by LEGO! So head over to Rebrick now to check out the competition details. (Or don’t, that’s OK by me!)
The Hat Store by Gabriele Rava is one of those buildings with loads of street appeal that immediately draws your attention. It is one of contrasts in terms of colours and details, with the darker, intricate details on the ground floor followed by the lighter middle floor with simpler detailing and then finished off by a bright colour for the top floor which again has more intricate detailing. Despite that (or is it because off that?), it all works really well together to create a striking building.
My favourite details are the windows on the ground floor and the trim at the roof line (the parts with the 1×1 plate with tooth). The brick-built hats are neat too!
I also love the colours in this building. While I wouldn’t have thought to put the yellow and dark orange together, it kind of makes sense when you think of it in terms of them being shades of one another, including the dark red in the awnings on the ground floor.
I did a bunch of BrickLink orders last weekend for my contribution to the Eurobricks collaboration for Brickworld in Chicago in June. I can’t give you a sneak peak of that. However, it did remind me that I hadn’t yet uploaded the little MOC that I entered (unsuccessfully) for the event kit contest for the convention.
This MOC of a TV studio camera and lighting truss was inspired by the theme for Brickworld Chicago 2017 – “Lights, Camera, Action”.
You can download the instructions from the Downloads page.
Snaillad (Andrew Tate) has again shown us his exceptional design skills with the headquarters for the Astrid and Associates Architecture firm. The 1930’s building has been renovated inside and out to showcase the architectural firm’s skills. Judging by the results, I expect they will have plenty of new clients to keep them busy!
My favourite detail on the outside is the way that the ground floor windows on the left have been framed by the arches, followed by the tall window above the entrance. The interior features a modern decor, with a funky meeting table and clever storage for all the architectural drawings.
Head over to the Flickr album for more shots of this beautiful building.