Cartwheel Court houses the office of a firm of hauliers, Cartwheel Couriers, who transport all manner of goods around Micropolis. They work closely with Eagle Imports, so it made sense to have their new HQ built next door to each other.
MOC: The Rotunda Concert Hall
I’ve been wanting to build a round structure for a while and looked around online for various tutorials on how best to do so. One method involves stacking 1×2 bricks and 1×1 cylinders alternately, with a little twist at each placement. I made this rough 3D sketch a few weeks ago, from random bricks in my collection, just to prove the concept.
I was really wondering how best to put a roof on, and this was an early attempt to cover the top, but I was far from happy with it. Then I broke it all up and put the bits back into my parts bins.
However, today I was noodling around with the bits I got from the PAB wall at Leicester Square the other day. I remembered my sketch and thought I could use all those 1×1 trans red round plates and pink 1×2 plates to make something for my Micropolis city. Sure enough, it works just as well with plates as bricks – and by having a double stack of 1×2 bricks and 1×1 cylinders on the bottom, that gave the structure a nice lobby type area. I imagine the auditorium is in the round with seating raked up the sides of the curved walls.
The roof was still an issue until I found the bag of 1×2 curved slopes (11477) which I had picked up in November’s haul. A little bit of fiddling and I had an intricate retractable roof which we have to imagine fully covers the cylinder when closed.
I christened this MOC the Rotunda Concert Hall, and with a little bit of landscaping around the sides, it makes a lovely little 1/4 block module.