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.

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10260 – Downtown Diner

LEGO shared details of the next modular building this week – the Downtown Diner, scheduled for release on 1 January 2018.

If you’re curious what LEGO says about it’s latest modular building, scroll to the bottom.

My view?  I must admit that my first reaction was one of disappointment. It is a nice building, but I couldn’t picture it fitting in with a traditional modular street.  The street view released by LEGO re-inforces this in my opinion.

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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!

Naomi’s Place

I did a review of Heartlake Cupcake Cafe (41119) for Friends Bricks back in April 2016. At that time, I had a fairly clear vision of what the modular version would look like. It’s only taken 10 months to finally get around to turning the vision into an actual building!

I’ve called this one Naomi’s Place, since Naomi runs the cafe.

I loved the entrance for the Heartlake Cupcake Cafe, especially the stained glass window above the front door and the windows framed using the ornamental arches.  This section of the building was 16 studs wide and was therefore a natural starting point for the conversion to a modular building.  There was the matter of the gaps on the sides of the arches, but I filled those using a technique similar to that used by LEGO in the Winter Village Toy Shop (10199).

I also loved the outdoor seating area and was able to incorporate a similar structure in the rooftop terrace.  My daughter also decided that this was the perfect place for the rotating cake display.  So, while it lost the round windows, it didn’t lose the whole display!

The ground floor and rooftop are furnished with the fittings from the official model.  The first floor remain empty, but this could readily be converted to more seating (maybe move the couch there?) or the bakery / kitchen for the cafe.

You can find more images of Naomi’s Place on flickr and you can download the instructions for the structure here.

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.