Hats off to Gabriele

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.

Head over to Flickr or Eurobricks for a closer look!

Thanks for sharing, Gabriele!

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Architectural Showcase

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!

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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.

Thanks for the inspiration, Snaillad!

Garage fit for a museum

carebear has created stunning corner modular building to provide a garage, storage area and general workshop for his museum.  The Garage features a striking facade and three fully furnished floors for parking museum vehicles, storing artefacts and museum staff to prepare, maintain and repair museum exhibits.

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One of my favourite details on this building is the way that the roof is done, especially the inclusion of the skylights and the use of the sloped grill pieces:

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The Garage is as beautifully done on the inside as it is on the outside, so make sure to check out the whole building in high-resolution on Brickshelf, and then head over to Eurobricks to join the conversation about this stunning building.

Thanks for the inspiration carebear!

The Engineers

Castor-Troy has revealed the third instalment of his contribution to the Paris 1889 Steampunk project he is undertaking with his friend Domino39. Needless to say, it is another stunner from one of my favourite builders.

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Head to Flickr to see Castor-Troy’s “The Engineers” in all its high-resolution glory.

Captain’s Daughter

Barrie Crossan’s latest MOC, a corner modular building housing a bar and family apartment, has a striking facade and is packed from top to bottom with beautiful details.

As always, Barrie has also paid attention to the presentation of the building.  My favourite shot is this close up of the ground floor.  It highlights the character of the building and the nice parts usage (NPU), such as the microphones as the top of the bollards.  The “Captain’s Daughter” flag (from the London Escape (4193) set) is perfect for this building.

The bar and apartment are both fully furnished, and definitely deserve a closer look.  My favourite details are the chandelier and the wood panel wall behind the fireplace in the bar, the laundry and the main bed.

Head over to Flickr for lots more images of this beautiful modular building.  Thanks for the inspiration Barrie!

New Century Corner

Eero Okkonen (Pate-keetongu) takes us back to the turn of the last century with the New Century Corner, featuring five buildings inspired by early 1900s architecture.

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!

Head over to Flickr or Eurobricks for more images of the New Century Corner.

Doughy Goodness

Suzi More’s Dunkin Donuts, with its custom stickers and bright colours, looks like the real thing and good enough to eat.  OK, maybe not the whole building, but the donuts definitely are.

The ground floor is furnished and includes the ultimate selection of donuts, displayed on a clever shelving system:

Who would have thought that orange, pink and tan could ever look so good?

Head over to the Flickr album for lots more images of the Dunkin Donuts.  Thanks for the inspiration, Suzi!

One, two, three …

Alex54 went through three revisions from his original idea for a corner building with a rounded corner tower, to the final building.  If my experience is anything to go by, I suspect it was probably closer to thirty iterations!  Irrespective, the end result is beautiful.

Alex54 makes great use of the new fence pieces in Sand Green for the upper windows.  I also like how he has done the dome on the corner turret, the shopfront windows and the patterned pavement.

Head over to Eurobricks to see and read the journey from the original idea to this final version.