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.
With Bob’s Burgers, the restaurant from the sitcom with the same name, it’s easy to see why I look forward to new creations from Eurotrash (Chris Goddard). I love what Chris has done the upper part of this building, especially the clever use of the 1×2 slopes with slots and the tiling on the roof.
On the back, there’s some neat details and clever SNOT to frame the backdoor.
I’m looking forward to seeing an interior for this one! For now, though, there are a couple more angles of the exterior on Flickr.
Elizabeth Nevermind mixes up the modern with the historic in her latest modular building, the Chop, with a modern Asian cuisine downstairs and an apartment behind the early 20th century upper facade.
The upper part of the facade is largely monotone, but there is plenty of detail to catch the eye. My favourite are the effect created by the use of the 1x1x round plates at the top and how the right side is framed at the top (knives) and bottom (scrolls).
There are a couple of other clever touches in this design, such as the seaweed around the fish on the right, which gives the impression that it is swimming amongst the seaweed, and the curved step leading to the front door.
My favourite detail on the inside is the decorations on the wall, which mirror the hexagonal design of the ground floor window. Elizabeth has also managed to pack in quite a few tables in the small space!
The fully furnished Hearthstone Bakery by Klikstyle (Jme Wheeler) is bursting at the seams with details, both inside and out. On the outside, the details that caught my eye were the cheese slope awnings, particularly the shape of the one over the entrance, the textures and colours of the brick work and the simple, but very effective, roof edge.
My favourite room on the inside is the bakery, with a great display cabinet, functional kitchen and bakery items that look good enough to eat.
There’s loads more inspiration in the Flickr album for the Hearthstone Bakery!
Toorayay has packed the Octopus Japanese Restaurant and Lounge full of detail, literally to the rafters. I love how he has framed the front door to the building, the SNOT windows on the top floor and the use of those little dragon pins beside the octopus. He has also used an interesting piece / technique to create the roof.
However, it is the interior details that steal the show for me, especially the karaoke lounge on the top floor. Check it out on Flickr.