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Bank of Bricks V2

Just after I posted my original design for a modular Lego bank on this Tumblr, I also submitted it to what Lego Ideas (although it was called Lego Cuusoo then). This is a place where you can log in with your twitter or Facebook Account and vote for models created by fans to become actual Lego products.

In the first comments, a lot of people pointed out several issues the model had, that I knew of, but at the time didn’t know how to fix. But over the last weeks I’ve been trying to come up with a different layout that would address some of the issues and through some work, I think, I found the perfect one. The building is now bigger, has much more features and still uses about 400 bricks less.

While the first design was pretty much based on a specific building I now did more research and combined different elements to make it my own design. I won’t point them all out to you, but the most important ones are that the model now has a vault room and skylights.

Unfortunately, due to the perspective, there are – again – two small things that you can’t see in the pictures. The first one is a small office right next to the CCTV monitors. The second one being another ATM machine that is outside, in the backyard.

Remember, you can still vote for it on Lego Ideas.

Tribeca

I always wanted to make a NYC-style building and this is what I’ve come up with.

I features a weird shop in the ground floor and a whole flat on the upper levels. I tried to include a lot of details, there’s even an R2-D2 figure in the bedroom, because, honestly, can you think of a New Yorker who doesn’t own a Star Wars gimmick?

This model is loosely based on a house next to the Ghostbusters building »Hook and Ladder 8« at 11 N Moore St, New York, NY 10013. I just stumbled upon it while researching on another project and thought it had all the typical features of a NYC apartment building, including the fire escape staircase at the front.

The model is designed as a modular building, so it does not have the exact same proportions as it’s real-life inspiration, but I think four stories is already enough height for a lego set.

Update: You can now vote for this to become an actual set on CUUSOO.

Bank of Bricks

This is another modular building that corresponds with these. The inspiration for the architecture came from the Bank of America building opposite to the Departement of the Treasury and the White House at 1501 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC.

You may remember some features from the Lego set 10211 Grand Emporium. That is no coincidence. I stole them because they are actually pretty good.

The model doesn’t have that much functionality because I found the architecture more important and any more features like an extra office or bank vaults clearly would have gone beyond the scope of normal modular buildings.

What you cannot see in the pictures is a room with an ATM machine and statement printer behind the side entrance. This would be open at night, with the lobby and main rooms closed for public.

Update: You can vote for this project to become an actual set on CUUSOO.

Update: I just redesigned the whole thing. So here is Version 2.0.

German Fire Truck

This is a fire truck like the ones the fire brigade used to have when I was a kid in Germany. Bright red, not some weird orangy neon color with reflecting stripes. It is inspired by Iveco Trucks such as that one.

I remember the uniforms looking sort of like this, too. The helmets used to be something between white and yellow, and they wore neon jackets over blue overalls.

In addition, this model has a proportionally correct size in comparison with the minifigures, which all fit in there, btw. I don’t like the usual measurements of lego cars.
I’m suggesting trucks being 8 knobs wide (like this one), cars 7 knobs wide, small cars 5-6 knobs wide (without tires and other protuding elements like side view mirrors). But who wants to hear my opinion anyway.

Modular Café

I made this when the lego modular series had only three buildings or so. I loved the idea about them because they were still »legoish« but with believing architecture. I always struggeled with the idea of lego buildings and cars being incredibly unproportional to the minifigures and this was finally coming a bit closer to the real world.

Although the first modular building already was a cafè I wanted to make a more detailed one. There is no actual inspiration in the real world for this building, I made it up completely. I still think it’s a nice model but now there are basically only two features I am proud of in this building: The coffee machine, and the fire escape ladder.