Lancaster Court was made with pieces from several pick a brick wall visits to LEGO stores around London. It is a block of flats for my Micropolis city, featuring accommodation with balconies and large picture windows.
This is the second quarter of my LEGO Micropolis block, Four Seasons Plaza. Representing Summer, it is called Sunnyside House.
The windows were obtained from a pick a brick trip, and mounted studs-into the building on large white plates. Two sunny side up fried egg yolks complete the roof and some landscaping breaks up the surrounding paving.
This is the first quarter of the block which makes up Four Seasons Plaza. It is a development of social housing called Spring Heights, and is based around a spring-themed colours scheme of green headlight bricks for the windows, lime bricks for the walls, white floors and orange accents.
I fired up LDD after making the 3D sketch for this idea, no running out of bricks that way! I kept building until I arrived at a height I liked, which just happened to be 8 floors – so it became Octo Mansions.
A companion block slanting the other way, and some landscaping on the Micropolis base plate and it was done!
I did think about using another colour apart from white, (I had already changed to use smokey trans bricks for the windows instead of clear), but there were few choices which I liked where I the parts needed are available. There are quite a few 1×2 jumpers required which are easy enough, but a matching Brick, Modified 1 x 2 x 1 1/3 with Curved Top (the pesky element which caused me grief with Rainbow Tower) comes in a fairly limited selection – none of which I really wanted to use for the whole model. So white it is.
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.