Packed with Impressions

spacecolonel brought back many impressions from an Italian holiday and packed them all into the striking three-storey, Via Colonnelle.

My favourite part of this building is the balcony – love the water feature and the hanging flowers.  Furthermore, the vibrant colours really pop against the tan of the building.

The dome is also pretty special, with the clever use of the tail end pieces to create the curves required.

On the back, I love the use of the reddish-brown grill bricks for the shutters.

But these are just some of the highlights of this awesome building.  Check out all the details via the flickr album!

Thanks for the inspiration, spacecolonel.

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King of the Koffee

With the Kahuka Koffee, Andrew Tate (aka snaillad) proves once again that he is a master of the large buildings.  The Kahuka Koffee is six storeys (including the roof) and is named after the cafe located on the ground floor.

I love the variation in the facade of this modular building, with the different windows not just up one side / edge of the building, but across both sides.  This is something I always struggle with in my own buildings.  In most instances, I end up having the windows framed the same way on each level.

The upper half (white floors and roof) is my favourite part of this building. I particularly like the:

  • round windows on the second white floor
  • reddish brown trim above the windows on the lower white floor and the use of the white telescopes for trim on those same windows
  • curve in the roof, and
  • contrast between the white facade and the black of the roof.

The other things that caught my eye were the lamp post and the reddish brown double doors on the right hand side of the building.  It looks like those doors are brick-built, with the arches sideways to create the semi-circle effects.

The interior of the Kahuka Koffee is also really well done.  I like how the display cabinet and open drinks fridge have been done and the use of the different types of seating.  The black couches are my favourites, and look like a nice place to enjoy a long black.

Thanks for the inspiration, Andrew!  Head over to his Flickr album to see the Kahuka Koffee in high resolution glory.

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!

Pretty in Pink

Or pink and grey, as demonstrated in the latest modular building from Elizabeth Nevermind, the Modular Townhouse with Shop.

While the striking colour combination is what first caught my eye, there’s much more to appreciate in the facade of this building.  Some of my favourites, from the bottom to the top are:

  • The clever use of the wrenches for the garden fence
  • The columns framing the front door
  • SNOT framing around the first and second floor windows
  • Railing on the roof
  • Use of the eggs to top of the left and right posts.

Elizabeth has also provided a breakdown of the facade so you can see how to do it for yourself. Check it out here on her Flickr photo stream.

Thanks for the 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!

Lights, Camera, Action!

I did a bunch of BrickLink orders last weekend for my contribution to the Eurobricks collaboration for Brickworld  in Chicago in June.  I can’t give you a sneak peak of that.  However, it did remind me that I hadn’t yet uploaded the little MOC that I entered (unsuccessfully) for the event kit contest for the convention.

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This MOC of a TV studio camera and lighting truss was inspired by the theme for Brickworld Chicago 2017 – “Lights, Camera, Action”.

You can download the instructions from the Downloads page.

Pint-sized perfection

I don’t normally showcase other building scales, but I couldn’t go passed these Mini Modulars by de-marco.  The level of detail that de-marco has captured in these four buildings is awe-worthy.

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My favourite is the bank, followed closely by the second from the left, which I’m guessing is a townhouse.  Although small in scale, de-marco has made the bank look like a grand building with an imposing entrance.  I also love the shop front on the bakery. What’s your favourite?

Head over to the Flickr album for a closer look at these pint-sized perfections!

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!

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.