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!
Alex54 went through three revisions from his original idea for a corner building with a rounded corner tower, to the final building. If my experience is anything to go by, I suspect it was probably closer to thirty iterations! Irrespective, the end result is beautiful.
Alex54 makes great use of the new fence pieces in Sand Green for the upper windows. I also like how he has done the dome on the corner turret, the shopfront windows and the patterned pavement.
Head over to Eurobricks to see and read the journey from the original idea to this final version.
Barrie Crossan’s City Health Club is an inner city paradise for gym junkies! The City health Club is beautifully detailed inside and out, and boasts everything a fully equipped gym should have, including a sauna and spa.
The building overall has a striking facade, with a great colour scheme. However, it is the ground floor that steals the show for me, especially the stonework around the entrances and the wrought iron fencing hiding behind the flowers.
The interior is fully furnished, with treadmills and weights on the gym floor, change rooms and shower facilities, sauna, steam room and spa, just to name a few. Here’s my favourite room in the City Health Club, the sauna:
Head over to flickr to see loads more images of this gorgeous building.
The old heritage-listed Stud & Tile Hotel on the corner of Brick and Clutch Streets went up in flames and had to be demolished. Local Council won’t approve a new building because, in their words, “no building could ever replace the charm of the old Stud & Tile”, but they are seeking expressions of interest for conversion of the site into a public space.
So, my challenge to you is to convert the ugly demolition site to something for the community to enjoy. And, thanks to the support provided by LEGO’s Community and Events Engagement Team, there are a couple of cool prizes to be won!
Elizabeth Nevermind’ Modular Kitchen Store is cooking up a storm, with a fully stocked store downstairs and a room for cooking classes upstairs. I absolutely adore the facade on this building, which, in my view, uses just the right mix of textures, offsets, SNOT and colour.
I especially like how the use of the three colours adds extra depth to the awning and also how the dark orange frame continues above it. The cupcake holder is a cute touch, too.
Head over to Flickr to see more of Elizabeth Nevermind’s gorgeous building and also why she is currently one of my favourite builders.
The Cast Iron Modular was one of the eight buildings included in The Promenade, and one of the two whole new ones. As the name suggests, the Cast Iron Modular was inspired by the cast iron buildings of New York.
Unlike most of my modulars, this one is not furnished. I am really happy with how it turned out, but I struggled to think of what it should be. It’s a shop, but I’m not sure what it should sell. And after building it four times already, I’m ready to move on, so this one will stay unfurnished!
Palixa and the Bricks shows why she is one of my favourite builders with her latest modular building, the Microsoft Store. She has taken what was already a great building and made it even better by adding her touch to the facade and the interior. This has included changing the Apple Store to a Microsoft Store, redoing the facade, replacing the single apartment with two outstanding studio apartments and last, but definitely not least, adding a rooftop bar.
This studio apartment is just brilliant in terms of the layout, colour combination and design.
Head over to Flickr to see more images of this awesome building. Thanks Palixa and the Bricks for the inspiration and showing us what LEGO is all about.