Modular Hat Shop

ModularHatShop

Eliza (Elizabeth Nevemind) has created another gorgeous, 16-wide modular building – the fully furnished Hat Shop.

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!

Head to Flickr for more images of the Hat Shop.

Thanks for the inspiration, Eliza!

One, two, three …

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.

10251 – Brick Bank

LEGO has released high resolution images of the next modular building, Brick Bank (10251).  And it is absolutely gorgeous!

There were so many “OMG!” moments for me as I was pouring over the images.  I won’t reveal all of them, as that will spoil the fun for you, but I just have to point out the Sand Green windows, including those new half arch window pieces.  And those beautiful new fences in Black are a must have!!

The Brick Bank will be available in January 2016.  In the meantime, there are lots more images here to drool over and below is the official description from LEGO:

10251 Brick Bank

Ages 16+. 2,380 pieces.
US $169.99 – CA $219.99 – DE 149.99€ – UK £119.99 – DK 1399.00 DKK
*Euro pricing varies by country. Please visit shop.LEGO.com for regional pricing.

Make a safe deposit at the Brick Bank!

Make a secure deposit at the highly respected Brick Bank, featuring an array of intricate details and hidden surprises. Easy-to-remove building sections provide access to the detailed interior, comprising a bank with an atrium foyer, tiled floor, arched windows, ornate chandelier, lockable vault and a transaction counter with security glass; a laundromat with printed window, tiled floor and 4 laundry machines; plus 2 second-floor offices with an array of detailed furniture, fixtures and accessories. The exterior of the building features a detailed sidewalk and an elaborate façade with carving and statue décor, decorative roofline, large arched windows, central balcony, clock and an accessible roof terrace featuring a large skylight.

  • Includes 5 minifigures: a bank manager, secretary, teller, and a mom and child.
  • The Brick Bank features a bank, secretary’s office, bank manager’s office, laundromat and a detailed façade and sidewalk.
  • Bank features an atrium foyer with wide, arched entrance, triangular-patterned floor tiling, ornate chandelier, oxidized-copper colored skylight, transaction counter with hidden alarm buttons and security glass, and a bank vault with safe deposit boxes and a large round door.
  • Laundromat features a printed window, tiled floor and 4 laundry machines.
  • Secretary’s office features a wall clock, desk, typewriter, cabinet with opening drawers, fireplace and an espresso machine.
  • Bank manager’s office features a large desk with banker’s lamp and approval stamp, leather-look chair, printed portrait, statue and a cabinet.
  • Accessory elements include a mug, document, camera, candy, blank white paper, chrome-golden coins, 1 chrome- golden bar and banknotes.
  • Remove the building sections to access the detailed interior.
  • Unlock the bank vault to access the safe deposit boxes.
  • Visit the laundromat for a spot of laundering.
  • Stack coins with the coin counting machine.
  • Special elements include a printed prize check, printed ground-floor windows, a special printed portrait in the bank manager’s office, plus rare, sand-blue and dark-green bricks, and sand-green window frames.
  • Collect and build an entire town with the LEGO® Creator Expert Modular Building series 10243 Parisian Restaurant and 10246 Detective’s Office.
  • Brick Bank measures over 10” (26cm) high, 10” (25cm) wide and 10” (25cm) deep.

Two for one deal

Jason Skaare is continuing in his tradition of building beautiful modular buildings faster than I can blog them, which means that you get another two for one deal!  His Number 20 building is the 32-stud wide Supermarket and Number 21 is Joe’s Plumbing.

Both facades are great, and work well together given the similar trims on the corners.  My favourite details on the Supermarket are the striped awning and the blue and white trim just above that.  The two things that stand out for me on the Joe’s Plumbing building are the window trims and the shop sign.

The Supermarket and Joe’s Plumbing are fitted with lighting, which explains the USBs protruding at the rear of the buildings.

Both are fully furnished, so make sure you head over to Flickr to check out the full suite of images of the Supermarket and Joe’s Plumbing.

Again, thanks for the inspiration Jason!