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.
Dark Red and Dark Blusih Grey are one of my favourite combinations for modular buildings. Eliza has taken this a step further, with depth in the facade created by the colour and texture variation in the brick work.
I love the details on the cornices, especially the use of the bow and arrow pieces and the 1×2 Technic bricks on their side.
Other details that caught my eye were the fire escape on the side of the building and the “Music” sign.
On the inside, the ground floor of the Music Store has a range of instruments on display. My favourite details are the keyboards and the bongo drums.
Head over to Eliza’s Flickr photostream to see more images of the impressive Music Store.
When the Batcave (76052) set landed at my doorstep, I must admit I wondered what I was going to do with it. It doesn’t look like there is much there for someone who is mostly interested in modular buildings and conversions. Let’s see how it stacks up.
You can’t go past Palixa and the Bricks‘ latest modular building, the Cheese Shop and Bistro, to get your fill of cheesy goodness. It is a fully furnished, three story (+ roof) modular building featuring a cheese shop, cheese making facility and one bedroom apartment.
I love the interior of this modular building, especially the back counter, the mezzanine level above the shop counter and the furnishings in the apartment. The lounge chairs are just exquisite!
The Hat Shop is packed with loads of interesting techniques and details, such as the SNOT work in the first floor window trims and balconies, and the technic connectors in the ground floor window frame.
I love the subtle colour variations in the roof tiles, which add depth and character to the building. A similar effect is created with the headlight bricks below the ground floor window.
Eliza also challenged herself (not sure whether intentionally or not) by limiting the floor plate to 16×16 – it’s no mean feat creating this amount of detail in such a small space!
The detailing on these buildings awesome! My favourite building is the corner building, the House of Secret Society of Aviation. I love the glass dome roof and detailing on the tall arched windows. Just perfect!
With its bold black and white facade, Palixa and The Bricks’ latest modular creation, Book Shop, is one of those striking modular buildings that immediate captures your attention. And then you take a look inside and there are even more beautiful details to drool over.
Purple is my favourite colour, so it’s no surprise that the bedroom is my favourite room in this building. The use of a tub and studio approach to the bathroom is a clever use of the small space. I also love how Palixa has incorporated the storage into the back wall.
Head over to to the Flickr album to see all the gorgeous details!