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Commission - Charlevoix Public Library
Built with over 5,000 bricks from 23 different resellers as far away as Germany in only a month and a half, this 70x70 architectural model of the Charlevoix Library's building and grounds was my first commissioned Lego model, and truly my first architectural replication. The model is built in Adam Reed Tucker's style with my own artistic "voice" added to the mix. Starting with only the original blueprints of the building, and some photographs and drawings, I designed the building itself in LDD before agonizing over how to produce a parts list from the program, and free-handing the grounds, parking lot, and landscaping. The build was a blast, and I can't thank the library enough for giving me this opportunity.
About this creation
As of the January 17, and in conjunction with the event this model was completed at, my new website, paulvermeesch.com is now live. This site will be a portfolio of sorts as well as an umbrella for my different interests, and a method by which I can be contacted more easily. Tied to that, I am also launching my new commissions-based business, Miniature Modeling, at paulvermeesch.com/lego. Bop on over to let me know who where or what you'd like to see constructed from Lego bricks, and I'd love to talk with you!


The model is now property of the library and is on permanent display in the lobby under this lovely glass case.


Northeast elevation


Southwest elevation


North elevation


Bird's eye view of the tricky curves that make up the landscaping. For the curved sidewalk around the parking lot, I used clip plates to attach my 2x2 tiles to long pieces of pneumatic tubing layed beneath the grass. That was arguably the most difficult part of the build, and I was forced to raise the entire build up by one plate's thickness to accomodate this.


A series of profile shots from around the building.


The two tan arches that make up the circular flower bed in the entryway here are extremely rare elements, only produced in one Star Wars set back in 2001. I paid dearly for them on Bricklink. Also featured are some somewhat rarer colors like Medium Dark Flesh and the new Olive Green that accents the landscaping.


The community room on the east wing of the building


Thank goodness for grey tires and satellite dishes. This children's section on the north wing of the building was going to be a bother without those lifesavers.


The windows on the North and South sides of the East wing are friction-fit SNOT elements that are inset a half-stud.


Drive-up book drop-off.


The fun industrial stuff on the roof. Only _after_ I had scrutinized the satellite imagery and built the roof did the director of the library tell me there was a secret hatch that led up to the roof where she could have taken me had I mentioned it. More's the pity.




These road slopes were also tricky to get a hold of on Bricklink, but they really add a lot of dimension to this side of the roof.















The cars for the parking lot. I originally had a bright purple car among these before I realized how rare bright purple cars are. Oh well.




A very special thanks to Brick Engraver for these awesome tiles and bricks that finish off the model so beautifully.

Images from the event:




And images from the design and build process:




Again, a special shout-out to the Charlevoix Library for their willingness to invest in a crazy Lego artist. Though the model is now the library's there's the possibility I could talk with them about taking the model out on loan for Brickworld Chicago 2013. We'll see!
Thanks for stopping by, and do take a moment to check out paulvermeesch.com!


Soli Deo Gloria!

[EDIT] The Chicago Tribune has picked up the story! Read the blurb here!
[EDIT] Blogged by the Brother's Brick!



Comments

Paul Vermeesch
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Dr. Monster
  September 5, 2013
Fantastic MOC! Lots of great features, the squared of entrance, the courtyard, the children's wing, and I love those 2 wide cars. Congrats on MOTD.
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  September 5, 2013
Hey! MOTD, not bad. ;)
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  September 5, 2013
Still a beautiful build! Well done, Paul!
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  September 5, 2013
Absolutely Brilliant! Still my favorite of your MOCs! Congratulations on a fantastic MotD!
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  September 5, 2013
Congrats on MotD!
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  September 5, 2013
This is really beautiful. (I'm glad I'm not the only person obsessed with "roof junk".) :) The landscaping and ornamentation add a real depth and liveliness to an otherwise already amazing architectural rendering.
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  September 5, 2013
Nicely done!
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  September 5, 2013
Woohoo! MOTD! Awesome Paul!
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  September 5, 2013
Beautiful work! Congradulatons on MOTD !
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  September 5, 2013
Awesome ! Looks great ! Congrats on MOTD !
  September 5, 2013
Congrats on MOTD, Paul! A very deserving MOC too. -LB Senior
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  September 5, 2013
congrats on motd!
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  March 13, 2013
very nice.
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  March 13, 2013
100 likes!
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  February 7, 2013
congrats on your first commission! this is a beautiful peice of art!
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  January 30, 2013
Nice smooth, clean and very elegant design. Wonderfull creation. Cars look great as well.
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  January 29, 2013
Cool
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  January 28, 2013
ravishingly beautiful!
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  January 26, 2013
That is some beautiful Architecture :D
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  January 26, 2013
Wowzers! My compliments mate. This is truly really awesome :D
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  January 25, 2013
Great job. I would suggest you try using LDRAW in the future. It will be an easier build and better understanding of the parts. Great job on your first commission.
  January 25, 2013
Your final score is 54.
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  January 25, 2013
This, again, is fantastic! If Nate decides I'm a judge for the house contest, then I'd give you a 20/20! Flawless my friend, flawless! Incredible build!
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  January 25, 2013
Considering the scale you had to work with absolutely awesome.
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  January 24, 2013
I thought I commented on this, Great microscaling, especially the cars.
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  January 23, 2013
Wow...Maybe one day I will be buying a " Paul Vermeesch" set from Barnes & Noble. Great Job. I personally love lego architecture. The photography compliments the building brilliantly. Keep up the good work!
  January 23, 2013
17/20! Great job! My friend gives you a 17/20 too! Your combined score is... 34!
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  January 23, 2013
Quoting Nate Beckett I approve it as minifig scle
Haha! If you say so!
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  January 23, 2013
I approve it as minifig scle
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  January 23, 2013
Quoting Nate Beckett PLEASE put this in the 2013 House/Town contest. All you have to do is post it on the group wall. Please?
Hi Nate! The rules of your contest say that the entries cannot be microscale. Unfortunately, I think this build fits into the microscale category.
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  January 23, 2013
PLEASE put this in the 2013 House/Town contest. All you have to do is post it on the group wall. Please?
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  January 23, 2013
Quoting Tim C Wow! What an honor, Paul. And well-deserved. This is just a beautiful feat of architecture. I love the roof with all the industrial details. The grounds around the library are perfect. Love the little cars as well, though I'm sure that a light purple car would have been right at home. I would like to feature this as my Pick of the Week in the future, with your permission of course.
Certainly, Tim! It's always a pleasure to be featured on your page!
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  January 23, 2013
Wow! What an honor, Paul. And well-deserved. This is just a beautiful feat of architecture. I love the roof with all the industrial details. The grounds around the library are perfect. Love the little cars as well, though I'm sure that a light purple car would have been right at home. I would like to feature this as my Pick of the Week in the future, with your permission of course.
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  January 23, 2013
Wow, fantastic!
Paul Vermeesch
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Emerald Knight
  January 22, 2013
Beautifully done !>.....
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  January 22, 2013
Very, very nice.
  January 22, 2013
This was made after Jan 1st,(he beginning of the 2013 house/town contest) so you can enter this in the contest. PLEASE do it because it will take like five seconds to add it to the group wall.
Paul Vermeesch
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Chris Melby
  January 21, 2013
here's a second like, for the awesomeness factor, just checked it out on FlickR, it's killer! Z
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  January 21, 2013
Playable even if in microscale!
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  January 21, 2013
Phenomenal! The curves really make this stand out, along with the gorgeous colour choice. Awesome work, I'm sure the library will treasure this for a long time!
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  January 21, 2013
Gorgeous model, lovely colors, and an educating look at the process of building for commission. How many of us hobbyists dream of getting paid to do that? You're living the dream! God bless your new enterprise.
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  January 20, 2013
And thank you muchly for the encouraging comments, everyone! Feedback from library staff and other patrons of the library is nice, but your feedback means the most, because you guys can best understand and appreciate the quirks and difficulties of the medium. Thanks again!
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  January 20, 2013
Quoting Christopher Baldacci "Evening...Commissioner!" Going professional now! Congrats. Lovely angles on that sidewalk and excellent use of those sloped roof tiles. Also I noticed several creative uses for pneumatic tubing that might just happen to show up in future MOCs of mine. Just sayin'...
Exciting! Those pieces never cease to be useful.
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  January 20, 2013
Wow... This is incredible. The curves you've achieved for the sidewalks are beautiful, as is the whole building. Phenomenal work all around. 7/5
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  January 20, 2013
The first time I looked at this, I couldn't even get my thoughts together enough to write a comment. Now, on my second visit, I think I can. This is one of the best mini-scale creations I have ever seen, and I've seen quite a few. It's so hard to insert detail into builds on that scale, and you've managed to do it not only in small areas, but throughout the entire build. Everything is of the utmost caliber-your dedication and skill are crystal clear. I hope you continue to bless many with your amazing talents, and congratulations on your first commissioned build.
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  January 20, 2013
Wow Paul, I am stunned! That is definitely one of the most amazing architecture buildings I have seen to date! Here's to hoping to see it in person at Brickworld 2013!!
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  January 20, 2013
All those nice details...wow.
Paul Vermeesch
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Chris Melby
  January 19, 2013
World class build. PERIOD!
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  January 19, 2013
Simply amazing! I would point out every single awesome thing about this, but it would take a few days to list it all! This. Is. AWESOME!!!
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  January 19, 2013
Beautiful! Those curves look excellent, and the PU is fantastic. The tire-dish combo looks really nice.
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  January 19, 2013
The microscale is perfect! Excellent work. :)
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  January 19, 2013
Awesome! This is really something! On permanent display, awesome! *Adds as favorite builder*
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  January 19, 2013
Very impressive work! Congrats on the commission!
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  January 19, 2013
Great job! Superb detailing. ~Andrew
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  January 19, 2013
"Evening...Commissioner!" Going professional now! Congrats. Lovely angles on that sidewalk and excellent use of those sloped roof tiles. Also I noticed several creative uses for pneumatic tubing that might just happen to show up in future MOCs of mine. Just sayin'...
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  January 19, 2013
Quoting cyberfrank 2010 I am a little surprised here, charlevoix? that s a french name, where is this? I see a us flag, it s not in france, or quebec, there is a city named charlevoix in quebec, but, we show no us flag....in any case, it s a superb piece, incredible details and finish, bravo paul!
Thanks for the comment, Cyberfrank! Charlevoix is in Northwest lower Michigan, so we still fly an American flag.
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  January 19, 2013
I am a little surprised here, charlevoix? that s a french name, where is this? I see a us flag, it s not in france, or quebec, there is a city named charlevoix in quebec, but, we show no us flag....in any case, it s a superb piece, incredible details and finish, bravo paul!
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  January 19, 2013
Awesome job Paul! You handled this really well, and whipped out an incredible model. :D
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  January 19, 2013
Outstanding build, and thanks for an insight into your process, always interesting to see how these masterpieces are created :)
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  January 19, 2013
Quoting Rocco Buttliere Excellent work! I design all my skyscrapers in LDD and it usually only takes me an hour or two to make a parts list. I use the select color tool to separate colors, then I use the select part and color tool to isolate the unique parts. Then I just go back and forth between LDD and Excel to make the checklist. Maybe this helps. :)
Oh! Oh! I might be able to save you your two hours! I got really lucky when I found this, and perhaps it will work for you too. You have to do a bit of digging, but LDD will produce a perfect parts list for you. I clicked the building instructions button, and once the instructions finished generating, I clicked the little button in the upper left corner that said "HTML." This generated a web version of the instructions that was something over 200 pages long. At the very end of these pages--the last five--there was a complete list of elements in proper quantities and colors with slick little thumbnails next to each item. I was able to simply print out those last five pages and cruise through Bricklink crossing off the parts.
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  January 19, 2013
Paul, this is truly incredible. Fantastic job.
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  January 19, 2013
I bet they were happy when you presented them with this!
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  January 19, 2013
Amazing piece of work! Congrats on the commission, and the start of a new business!
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  January 19, 2013
This is one of your best creations next to Star Wars Relativity 2! The size of those creation is massive, but the amount of detail you fit into this is stunning! The building, with all the different details and curvatures if impressive, and that curved sidewalk and street is nicely done! A lovely commissioned build Paul! Talk to you soon -Matthew-
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  January 19, 2013
Beautiful and nicely detailed.
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  January 19, 2013
It looks absolutely stunning, well done!
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  January 19, 2013
Excellent rendition. Very profesional-looking. It doesnt look exactly like Tuckers Architecture models. -Yours looks better (Maybe because you get more of the surrounding landscape included, making it look less "sterile")! Also congratulations for receiving a commision! I will visit your new site...
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  January 19, 2013
People have already said it but... Wow! Just, wow! This is a truly beautiful build. The detail you've managed to include is amazing. It's absolutely fantastic. Very well done. --Blast--
  January 19, 2013
Wow, absolutely outstanding! I love all the details
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  January 19, 2013
Wow, this is absolute stunning work Paul! Perfect in every detail. Impressive work, i'm really excited!
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  January 19, 2013
Very nice work, Paul, in every detail. I wish somebody would pay for my bricks, hahaha.
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  January 19, 2013
This is one of the more beautiful commissions I have seen recently. Really excellent work Paul, its quite stunning! ~Thoy
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  January 19, 2013
Excellent work! I design all my skyscrapers in LDD and it usually only takes me an hour or two to make a parts list. I use the select color tool to separate colors, then I use the select part and color tool to isolate the unique parts. Then I just go back and forth between LDD and Excel to make the checklist. Maybe this helps. :)
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  January 19, 2013
The professional level of work here is astounding!
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  January 19, 2013
"Commisssssioner!" I say this clapping and with a big smile on my face. Wonderful work here! Between the colors you used and the overall smoothness, the library should be proud of it's display!
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  January 19, 2013
Paul, you have outdone yourself. You really have. The main thing I am amazed with are all the ANGLES! I can't see how you did those. It would have been awesome to witness you slowly piece this baby together. I am truly amazed and fear I may offend you for lack of words on how truly epic this is. I just can't say enough to suffice it. I hope you get many more commisions! If you don't mind, how much did you get paid to do this? It' priceless! You don't have to answer if you would rather keep the ammount to yourself, I understnad, but I am curious. :) Great work!
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  January 19, 2013
A beautiful library... the real-life one and the model! Congratulations! :)
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  January 19, 2013
Congratulations on the commission! This is a wonderful model with many great details. Nice website too. -LB Senior
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  January 19, 2013
"Commissioner." *claps* Okay, sorry (really cheesy Joker pun). Well done Paul, good show! Congratulations on such a fantastic first commissioned modeled too! I foresee many jobs for you in the future. This is high caliber stuff! Lovely Website as well. What an excellent way to begin using your many God-given talents on a more professional level. Cheers buddy ol' pal!
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  January 19, 2013
Awesome! Perfect details. Beautiful building in a fantastic environment.
 
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