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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Doughy Goodness

Suzi More’s Dunkin Donuts, with its custom stickers and bright colours, looks like the real thing and good enough to eat.  OK, maybe not the whole building, but the donuts definitely are.

The ground floor is furnished and includes the ultimate selection of donuts, displayed on a clever shelving system:

Who would have thought that orange, pink and tan could ever look so good?

Head over to the Flickr album for lots more images of the Dunkin Donuts.  Thanks for the inspiration, Suzi!

Bob’s Burgers

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.

China Garden

Jme Wheeler’s passion for Chinese food is easily reflected in the gorgeous China Garden, a fully furnished modular building with restaurant on the ground floor and apartment upstairs.

The facade is beautiful and makes great use of the red tap piece for the windows and the roof trim.  However, it is the front garden and entrance that steals the show for me.

Head over to MOCPages to see more of the China Garden!

Chop Chop

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!

More images of the Chop here!

The Ocean Restaurant

The Ocean Restaurant by Snaillad (Andrew) is an art deco masterpiece.  I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves, as my words won’t do it justice.

There are a few more images of this beautiful building on Flickr.  Make sure you check out Snaillad’s other buildings while you’re there for even more inspiration.

Hearthstone Bakery

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!

Octopus Japanese Restaurant and Lounge

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.