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!

Warehouse Conversion

Barrie Crossan demonstrates again why he is one of my favourite modular builders with the Converted Old Amsterdam Warehouse.  The Warehouse features a whopping six floors, housing a cycle repair shop, dressmaker, two one-bedroom apartments and a two-bedroom apartment.  Each one of them fully furnished too!

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While the interior is beautifully detailed, my favourite spot in this building is actually the bench in the garden adjoining the building.  A perfect place to chill out with a book I think.

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Head over to Barrie’s Flickr stream to check out all the gorgeous details!

Modular Hat Shop

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Eliza (Elizabeth Nevemind) has created another gorgeous, 16-wide modular building – the fully furnished Hat Shop.

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!

Head to Flickr for more images of the Hat Shop.

Thanks for the inspiration, Eliza!

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.

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!

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.

Monorail!

Who doesn’t wish they had a monorail?  Even better if you can combine it with a grand building, as cimddcc has done with his latest creation, the Monorail Passthrough.

The Monorail Passthrough is fully furnished, with a fashion store on the ground floor and apartments on the upper floors.

Head to the Flickr album for loads more images of the Monorail Passthrough!

Apartment Living

Cesbrick (César Soares) dedicates this MOC to all those who live in an apartment.  While it has been a while for me since I have lived in an apartment, I don’t remember them ever being quite so spacious, or packed with so many inspirational details!

Which one is your favourite?  For me, it is a toss up between the laundry and the living room.  The living room wins out in the end – I love the glass table, the vertical blinds, the top hat pot and the fez hat for the base of the floor lamp.

Head over to Cesbrick’s Flickr album to check out all the modules!

Old world charm

Using LEGO pieces from dating from the 70s to today, the Old Pharmacy by ThomaS (tsi) literally span decades worth of charm! The front of this building is gorgeous and makes great use of the old 3761 windows.  I also love the rounded shape of the roof.

The back of the building is just as interesting as the front, with lots of details in the facade as well as atmosphere created by the minifigures going about their day-to-day tasks.

The old water pump reminds me of my grandparents for some reason, although I don’t specifically remember them having one of those.

Check out tsi’s BrickThat folder for more images of the Old Pharmacy, including the stunning interior.