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.

Feral flora

Sebastian Zaberca shows us what happens when plants go bad, with the Botanical Institute being overtaken by carnivorous vines.

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Fortunately, the plants haven’t yet destroyed the property, so we still get to admire the beautiful building that houses the institute.

Thanks, as always, for the inspiration, Sebastian!

A few of my favourite things …

Zara is one of my favourite places to shop, so it was no surprise that the Zara Clothes Shop by Alex (Olympio Albano) caught my attention.  The massive Zara store is spread over three levels, but you don’t need to worry about lugging all that shopping from one floor to the next, as there is a (manually operated) lift to take you from floor to floor!

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There are plenty of details to catch your attention, so head over to the Flickr album to check them all out.

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!

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!

Cheesy Goodness

You can’t go past Palixa and the Bricks‘ latest modular building, the Cheese Shop and Bistro, to get your fill of cheesy goodness.  It is a fully furnished, three story (+ roof) modular building featuring a cheese shop, cheese making facility and one bedroom apartment.

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I love the interior of this modular building, especially the back counter, the mezzanine level above the shop counter and the furnishings in the apartment.  The lounge chairs are just exquisite!

See all the cheesy goodness on Flickr.  Thanks Palixa and the Bricks for the inspiration!