Seeing Double

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!

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!

Review: Batcave (76052)

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.

Read the full modular conversion review here!

Outdoor Store

Tobias T. has managed to pack more into the Outdoor Store than just a beautiful facade.  With four levels, the building boasts three businesses (outdoor store, commercial office, piano school) and a fully furnished apartment.

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Tobias even managed to fit in a couple of of BURPs, using them to create a rock wall that customers in the outdoor store can use to test the products.

Head to the Flickr album to see all the details.  Thanks for the inspiration, Tobias!

Calling all gym junkies

Barrie Crossan’s City Health Club is an inner city paradise for gym junkies!  The City health Club is beautifully detailed inside and out, and boasts everything a fully equipped gym should have, including a sauna and spa.

The building overall has a striking facade, with a great colour scheme.  However, it is the ground floor that steals the show for me, especially the stonework around the entrances and the wrought iron fencing hiding behind the flowers.

The interior is fully furnished, with treadmills and weights on the gym floor, change rooms and shower facilities, sauna, steam room and spa, just to name a few.  Here’s my favourite room in the City Health Club, the sauna:

Head over to flickr to see loads more images of this gorgeous building.

Thanks for the inspiration Barrie!

Modular Conversion Review: 71016 Kwik-E-mart

The thing that immediately caught my attention when the high resolution images of the KwiK-E-mart (71016) were first released was the amount of interior detailing and the printed parts.  In this respect, it doesn’t disappoint in real life!

But how does it stack up as modular or a parts pack? Read the full review here!

Maxidolls Store

When I was a little girl I had a doll that was nearly as tall as I was, so the theme of cimddwc’s latest building – the Maxidolls Store – immediately resonated with me.  Doesn’t hurt either that it has a gorgeous facade with plenty of interesting building techniques to draw inspiration from!

My favourite details on the front of the building are the trims between the first and second floor windows on the left of the building (the ones with the 1×1 tiles), the trim on the lower edge of the roof and the top part of the corner of the building.

The Maxidolls Store also has an interesting rear, with a large billboard for the store, balconies for the apartments and planter boxes for the windows.  I think I spot a Minecraft pumpkin and shovel on one of the balconies!

The Maxidoll Store is fully furnished with the store across two floors and two apartments on the upper floors, so make sure you check out the Flickr album to see all the details.  Thanks for the inspiration cimddwc!

Renovated Warehouse

Konajra’s minifigures are hard at work renovating this former industrial warehouse into a luxury home.

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I love the overall semi-industrial look and feel of this building, as well as the colour combination.  The stand out features for me, however, are how Konajra has done the roof for this building and the wrought iron details above the courtyard.

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Konajra intends to include this stunning building into a harbour town, alongside his recent garage.  I’m looking forward to seeing this harbour scene develop!

See Konajra’s flickr photostream for more images!