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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Architectural Showcase

Snaillad (Andrew Tate) has again shown us his exceptional design skills with the headquarters for the Astrid and Associates Architecture firm. The 1930’s building has been renovated inside and out to showcase the architectural firm’s skills.  Judging by the results, I expect they will have plenty of new clients to keep them busy!

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My favourite detail on the outside is the way that the ground floor windows on the left have been framed by the arches, followed by the tall window above the entrance.  The interior features a modern decor, with a funky meeting table and clever storage for all the architectural drawings.

Head over to the Flickr album for more shots of this beautiful building.

Thanks for the inspiration, Snaillad!

Rua Amarelo

While inspired by a recent visit to Portugal, the gorgeous Rua Amarillo carries snaillad’s (Andrew Tate’s) distinctive styling and is instantly recognisable as being one of his beautiful creations.

I love the colour and styling of the facade on the building on the left, which houses a pastry shop.  It also has a great design for the shopfront window and the brick built door for the building entrance.

The building on the right houses a hat store and features some very clever white trim on the facade, with some sideways brickwork.  I also like how Andrew has done the shop windows, especially the use of the Pearl Gold bars.

Unfortunately, there aren’t a great number of photos for this stunning duo, but there are a couple of closeups to admire in the Flickr album.

 

Grand Prix Auto Services

snaillad (Andrew Tate) has taken us back to the 1930s and 40s with his latest art deco creation, the Grand Prix Auto Services.

Built largely sideways, the Grand Prix Auto Services is packed with details.  My favourite ones are the black and brown trim at the bottom of the building and the bowsers.

Thanks for the inspiration Andrew!

Piazza Maria

With the Piazza Maria, Snaillad (Andrew) has created another beautiful scene, bursting with vibrant colours and atmosphere.   Each building is gorgeous in its own right, but placed together with the market activities in the piazza really takes this MOC to the next level.

There are too many great details in the scene to point them all out.  A few of my favourite are the rooftop garden on the left building, the window trims on the middle building, the ground floor facade of the building on the right hand side and how the barriers are done for the outdoor seating area.

Thank you, Andrew, for the inspiration!  More images of this stunning MOC 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.