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.
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.
I did a review of Heartlake Cupcake Cafe (41119) for Friends Bricks back in April 2016. At that time, I had a fairly clear vision of what the modular version would look like. It’s only taken 10 months to finally get around to turning the vision into an actual building!
I’ve called this one Naomi’s Place, since Naomi runs the cafe.
I loved the entrance for the Heartlake Cupcake Cafe, especially the stained glass window above the front door and the windows framed using the ornamental arches. This section of the building was 16 studs wide and was therefore a natural starting point for the conversion to a modular building. There was the matter of the gaps on the sides of the arches, but I filled those using a technique similar to that used by LEGO in the Winter Village Toy Shop (10199).
I also loved the outdoor seating area and was able to incorporate a similar structure in the rooftop terrace. My daughter also decided that this was the perfect place for the rotating cake display. So, while it lost the round windows, it didn’t lose the whole display!
The ground floor and rooftop are furnished with the fittings from the official model. The first floor remain empty, but this could readily be converted to more seating (maybe move the couch there?) or the bakery / kitchen for the cafe.
You can find more images of Naomi’s Place on flickr and you can download the instructions for the structure here.