This is a LEGO Micropolis block built as four luxury Art Deco houses called Deskey Drive. I love the Art Deco style of architecture so I have been looking forward to building something in this style.
I have been wanting to build a rocky outcrop island in the Micropolis bay for some time, and have been collecting together a few Big Ugly Rock Pieces (6082) that I got in a mixed lot recently. It also contained a load of other random slopes, bricks and tiles in old dark grey, so I thought I would use these as the basis for my island.
I envisaged high cliffs with tiny little houses nestling on ledges, just like you see in some Mediterranean countries. And I wanted to top it off with a fortified Monastery, but didn’t quite have enough parts in tan, or cone pieces for turrets, until I got the 2016 Christmas Build Up set, which had a couple of tiny castle builds as the models.
So finally I was able to finish off Holy Island:
There is a lighthouse on the seaward side to prevent ships from foundering on the rocky cliffs.
Here are a few details of the tiny houses built into the rocks.
Unlike the smaller 1/4-block modules, I used 16×16 baseplates underneath as well as the top plate, as I think they will make this bigger module, built as one piece, a bit more stable. I usually just use a few 2×6 and longer plates to cover the edging on the smaller blocks.
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Having played about with a 3D sketch of each house, I changed over to the virtual world of LDD to see how I could add them to my Micropolis layout. I realised that making each into a small detached dwelling meant I could fit a group of four onto a quarter-block baseplate:
I wanted to give them a bit of colour, but was a little limited in choice with rooves and walls, as some of the more pastel shades I wanted to choose did not give me the bricks I needed!
Adding some landscaping and an alley for rear access gave the module a bit more realism. I know they are rather squashed in, but just like real life, land is at a premium in a big city!
I hope to build these soon, as I would like to have a bit of residential property in my town.