Hitting the high notes

eliza-musicstoreEliza (Elizabeth Nevermind) has hit all the high notes with the four storey Music Store.

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.

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.

The Engineers - Castor-Troy

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

Modular Building Guide

RedHead1982 from BrickHamster has completed her awsome 7-part guide to building modular buildings, culminating in three beautiful modular buildings.

Head over to BrickHamster to see the full guide on how these modular buildings were made, covering everything from the placement of the technic bricks to the trims on the roof, as well as the interiors.

Thanks for the inspiration Redhead1982!

Rua Amarelo

While inspired by a recent visit to Portugal, the gorgeous Rua Amarillo carries snaillad’s (Andrew Tate’s) distinctive styling and is instantly recognisable as being one of his beautiful creations.

I love the colour and styling of the facade on the building on the left, which houses a pastry shop.  It also has a great design for the shopfront window and the brick built door for the building entrance.

The building on the right houses a hat store and features some very clever white trim on the facade, with some sideways brickwork.  I also like how Andrew has done the shop windows, especially the use of the Pearl Gold bars.

Unfortunately, there aren’t a great number of photos for this stunning duo, but there are a couple of closeups to admire in the Flickr album.

 

Firehouse Headquarters (75827)

LEGO have released high resolution images of the Firehouse Headquarters (75827), which is due for release on 1 January 2016.

Looks like this is going to be a awesome parts pack, with lots of Dark Red, Light Bluish Grey and Tan bricks, as well as plenty of doors and windows.  Mind you, it is such a great looking set that it might be hard to bring yourself to take it apart!

See all the high resolution images of the building here or on LEGO’s Facebook page.

The Berliner

The Berliner by MaBiDaTi LegoWelt makes great use of the new(ish) Dark Red brick profile brick, contrasting them with the Tan window trims.  Similarly, the green (brick built!) door and windows on the ground floor provide their own contrast to the Tan facade.

Also, at four stories high, I imagine the Berliner probably stands quite tall!

The rear of the Berliner has some great details too, including another brick built door, a trellis with flowering vine and in-built air conditioner unit.  There also seems to be a mix of old and new greys, given extra texture to the walls.

There does not appear to be an interior for this building, but you can find more images of the exterior of the Berliner on MaBiDaTi LegoWelt’s Facebook page.

Pretty In Pink

Hugo Santos took his inspiration for the Boavistas House from the beautiful old buildings in Oporto, Portugal.  It immediately caught my eye because of its bold pink and grey facade, which is one of my favourite colour combinations.

I must admit that there being two studs’ worth of pink bricks on the left but just one of pink bricks on the right bugs me (I need symmetry!); however, the features that I noticed first were the brick-built door, the little basement arches, the window combinations and the shape of the roof.

This is one of those buildings that I think would look great as a row of townhouses.

Head to the Flickr album for more images of Hugos’ Boavistas House!

 

En Garde

Superfunked has created the perfect Fencing Studio for the Fencers from Series 13 of the Collectible Minifigures.

Lots to like about this building.  My favourite details on the front are the different textures in the facade, the black awning and the coffee cup sign.  Here’s a better view of the coffee cup:

The Fencing Studio is fully furnished, and boasts an apartment, clothing store and office as well as the Fencing Studio.  I particularly like how Superfunked has done faithfully reproduced the coffee shop counter from The LEGO Movie.

I love the open back on this building, which adds immensely to the playability.  It does make it a little harder to photograph front on, but obviously much easier to photograph the interior and definitely worth it if you intend to do more than just display the building.

Head over to the Flickr album for more angles of Superfunked’s Fencing Studio!

 

Bikes galore!

The new  Modular LEGO Buildings group on Facebook is proving to be quite popular and has highlighted a few new builders and MOCs.  One of my favourites so far that hasn’t been featured here is Shen Maosheng’s modular bike shop which uses 3 sets of the LEGO Creator Bike Shop & Cafe (31026).

So many bikes!!!  But there’s loads more to it than those.  My favourite details are the double door entrance on the right, the three different yet cohesive elements to the upper facade, the satellite dishes etc on the roof and the external lights that you can see below.

This beautiful building is Shen’s first modular building.  I’m looking forward to seeing an interior for this build as well as Shen’s future builds, including what becomes of the bricks that belong to the cafe part of the official set!

Shen has indicated the additional images will be posted up on MOCpages.  In the meantime, they are available through the Facebook group.