I’m excited that my work is featured in Brick Loot’s November 2016 box. The model I designed continues the story I began in my book, The LEGO Architect, by exploring contemporary architecture trends. The model is a small home reminiscent of the ultra-modern style which emphasizes projecting volumes, angular shapes, glass, and mixed materials. I call it “@ Home”, because the front facade has a curving yellow shape that looks like an “@” sign.
Detailed Building Instructions
The Brick Loot package includes directions to build “@ Home”, but the instructions are very small to fit on one page. I have prepared the following four-page instructions to make it easier to follow the instructions to build this model.
Download link: Brick_Loot_Contemporary_Detailed_Instructions.pdf
About the model
I was excited when the Brick Loot team reached out to me to see if I wanted to design an exclusive model for their subscribers. I was quickly drawn to the opportunity to explore a hot trend in contemporary architecture to utilize blocky volumes, bright contrasting colors, reclaimed materials, and environmentally sustainable design elements. This new model follows the narrative of my book, The LEGO Architect, exploring a newer trend that I wasn’t able to explore in the chapter about “High Tech” architecture.
It took several tries to create a design which I was satisfied with. The first design was a simple modern structure with two blocky projecting windows, which is inspired by ‘cubist’ arts of the early 1900’s. This is fitting of the style, but rather conservative compared to some of the designs that are being built today. Latter design iterations explored a projecting volume of contrasting colors that curved through the design. I even explored the use of variegated colors, as a patchwork effect is common especially in buildings which use reclaimed materials.
The final model presented two challenges. The first challenge was to figure out a SNOT construction technique which allowed the roof to have a clean appearance without visible studs. The second challenge was to take the design that I was proud of, and modify it to ensure that the parts could be cost-effectively purchased in the quantities needed for so many Brick Loot subscribers. This resulted in a couple part substitutions, and a small change to the base of the building. Thankfully, we were able to keep a pretty large part count, especially the model requires twenty 1×2 clear plates which are inexpensive in bulk.
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About Tom Alphin
Tom combines his passion for LEGO and Architecture in his bestselling book, The LEGO Architect. You can also find the latest news, reviews, building techniques, articles, and an extensive collection of Brick Labels to organize your LEGO collection at brickarchitect.com