Under New Management

Palixa and the Bricks’ modified Cafe Corner building has come under new management and they have spared no expense in renovations, not only redoing the facade, but also adding a whole new floor to the hotel.

Budgets were clearly not an issue with this renovation.  Each room has its own ensuite and has been beautifully furnished with bright, modern furnishings.

Even the attic has been converted into an opulent suite.

Modifying the Cafe Corner like this not only looks great, but also allows you to experiment with colour combinations and essentially have one of the originals modular buildings without the expense.  Best of all you don’t need a copy of the original model, as you can download the instructions (BrickSet).

Head over to Flickr to see more of Palixa’s modified Cafe Corner.

Just a dash of lime

This cottage by Rodiola has more than just a dash of lime, but the lime flavour suits this gorgeous building perfectly.

There are some neat details on the outside, like the trim with the diagonal 1×1 tiles, the brick built door and cute little garden.  However, it is the interior detailing of the lime cottage that steals the show.

I love the curtains and the  bathroom, especially the shower door!  What are your favourite details?

Head over to Flickr or Eurobricks to see more of this gorgeous lime cottage.

Changing Brands

Palixa and the Bricks shows why she is one of my favourite builders with her latest modular building, the Microsoft Store.  She has taken what was already a great building and  made it even better by adding her touch to the facade and the interior.  This has included changing the Apple Store to a Microsoft Store, redoing the facade, replacing the single apartment with two outstanding studio apartments and last, but definitely not least, adding a rooftop bar.

This studio apartment is just brilliant in terms of the layout, colour combination and design.

Head over to Flickr to see more images of this awesome building.  Thanks Palixa and the Bricks for the inspiration and showing us what LEGO is all about.

Set Review: Detective’s Office (10246)

LEGO only produces one large modular building per year, which means that each release is the subject of much speculation and highly anticipated.  The Detective’s Office (10246), which was designed by Jamie Berard, is no exception, and has been high on my wanted list since the high resolution images were released.

Let’s take a closer look at what the Detective’s Office is all about!  Read more …

Talented Tailor

Brickshelf user Noripy has built a building fit for a talented tailor.  The facade of this building is packed with clever details, such as the chef’s hats on the roof and the harpoon sprues for the upper windows.  The transparent blue plates on the front window also caught my eye.

The Tailor is fully furnished with everything that the tailor needs to make the perfectly fitting suit, including a brick-built sewing machine and iron.

Here are more images of the Noripy’s Tailor!

Bon Appétit

When I first learnt that LEGO’s next modular building was going to be a Parisian restaurant, I think I said I wasn’t going to imagine what it would look like in case I was disappointed.  Well, I didn’t heed my own warning and have pretty much been visualising a typical Haussmann building in tan or light bluish grey.

The 10243 Parisian Restaurant is not a Haussmann, but it is definitely a beautiful building.  Actually, that’s not right, it much more than beautiful … it’s awesome, it’s gorgeous, and it’s packed with clever details and building techniques.  And it has a scooter!!

Enough of my rambling, time to drool over the box image …

Parisien-Restaurant-10243

Better still, we don’t have to wait until March, with the Parisian Restaurant scheduled for release in January 2014.

Head over to Eurobricks to see lots more high resolution images.