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HNK
The Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb
About this creation
I present you the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb, "Hrvatsko narodno kazaliste", a neo-baroque building designed by the Viennese architects Ferdinand Fellner and Herman Helmer. These are the same architects that designed the Art Pavillion in Zagreb, presented here by my friend Matija Grguric. The theatre was ceremoniously opened by the emperor Franz Joseph I in 1895, after 16.5 months of work.

The model has been built approximately in scale 1:42 (more or less minifig scale) and it is meant to be be part of Brikkelauget's layout and/or a standalone model on various exhibitions. The size of the whole model is 267 x 229 cm, while the building itself is about 170 x 100 x 78 cm. There has been no emperor ceremoniously opening this one, though.

Please note! Unauthorized use of pictures below is not permitted, please contact me regarding the terms of usage.

Current state (last update: 2008-05-24):


Design in MLCAD:


Details on the facade (last update: 2008-01-17):


Comparison photos (last update: 2008-01-17):


Project status and changelog:
  • 2008-05:
    - added the surroundings, according to the real thing
  • 2008-01:
    - version 1.0 done!
  • 2007-12:
    - domes finally built
  • 2007-11:
    - front facade and roof built
  • 2007-09:
    - building slowly started
    - arrival of the first big batch of bricks
  • 2007-08:
    - design finished - approximately 35000 parts, not counting the invisible but necessary support
  • 2007-01:
    - budget planning (the scariest part)
    - proof-of-concept (design in MLCAD)

Photos of the original theatre: Marijana Bittner & Vatra



Comments

Matija Puzar
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rai v B
  October 27, 2011
Really beautiful theatre. It looks realistic too despite the amount of details. Just excellent.
Matija Puzar
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Armon Russ
  September 12, 2011
This is fantastic! It must've taken hours to make! :D
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  May 27, 2011
This has to be one of my absolute favorite builds on MOC Pages! Outstanding!
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  December 31, 2010
Really beautiful! Lovely details!!
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  December 30, 2010
I love this. Initially I thought this was the Słowacki Theater in Kraków, Poland: http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4065/4666381158_871661caec_b.jpg
Matija Puzar
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Cheezylizard Upschulte
  December 29, 2010
I love the way you used the mini figures in the build looks fantastic.
Matija Puzar
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Cheezylizard Upschulte
  December 29, 2010
I love the way you used the mini figures in the build looks fantastic.
Matija Puzar
Lego Creator
  December 29, 2010
Nice can you check out my new creation? http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/244435
Matija Puzar
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Epic Duck the Third
  December 29, 2010
Congratzz on MOTD, you certainly deserve it!
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  December 29, 2010
Impressive work! I especially like seeing the comparison photos, can hardly tell the difference. But I bet it's easier to clean the windows on yours...Excellent!
  December 29, 2010
how long did that take you to build that?????
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  December 29, 2010
Wow I think I'm drooling on my keyboard a bit... AMAZING. Where did you get so much sand green? Its a very rare color. Excellent architecture and stuff also.
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  December 29, 2010
Umm...umm...wow...
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  December 29, 2010
o my god at's huge
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  December 29, 2010
you are amazing i give you a million thanks for this amazing creation ,ciao!
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  December 29, 2010
Briljant!!!!
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  December 29, 2010
Congrats on a well-earned MOTD. Brilliant archietecture... the scale and detail are incredible.
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  December 29, 2010
Whoa! Congrats on MOTD!
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  December 29, 2010
So much detail and so accurate! Pretty amazing work! Congratz on MOTD!
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  December 29, 2010
Bravo Matija! Truly amazing, in person looks even better ;)! Congrats for MOTD!
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  December 29, 2010
Looks a lot like the real deal!
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  December 29, 2010
A remarkable effort. Congratz on MOTD!
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  December 29, 2010
Amazing work! I gratulate you! I almost can't recognize which is the LEGO, which is the real! You use so many nice and talented building idea!
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  May 6, 2010
hmmm, I can't believe I haven't commented on this before :/ :D, can't wait to see it live :D ;)
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  January 24, 2010
Stunning! Hard to distinguish between the two when looking at the thumbnails.~H
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  January 2, 2010
You are truly lego builder.
Matija Puzar
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Gordan Grguric
  October 14, 2009
Matija: I just learned by accident that today (October 14) is the anniversary of HNK opening. My first thought was of your Lego creation, so I wanted to share it with you!
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  October 13, 2009
WOW. i really can appreciate the side by side shots showing the real vs model. Very impressive indeed
Matija Puzar
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Gordan Grguric
  October 7, 2009
Truly amazing job, Matija! The other Matija (Grguric) told me about you and I hope to meet you in Zagreb at some point. I added you as my favorite builder, of course!
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  July 25, 2009
Perfect, absolutely perfect. The detail is absolutely amazing. Why haven't you applied to be a Lego Certified Master? You have some real talent in building buildings. P.S. Can you please send instructions and a parts list for that Rolls Royce?
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  March 1, 2009
Quoting Mariann Asanuma Awesome job! Do you mind if I write about it and show pictures on my blog?
Thanks :) Of course I wouldn't mind.
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  March 1, 2009
Awesome job! Do you mind if I write about it and show pictures on my blog?
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  February 24, 2009
Nemam rijeÄŤi! ovo je zbiiilja very nice! ;))
Matija Puzar
Lenard Stipkovic
  February 5, 2009
I live in Zagreb and I must say that's really amazing and real. Keep up the good work (like you would not). Next time do KD Vatroslava Lisinskog.
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  February 5, 2009
Absolutely stunning. I've checked all your MOCs and I must say that it is an absolute joy to see such ingenious creations. Well done!
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  January 9, 2009
:O
  January 8, 2009
Svaka cast! Pozdrav bivsem dragom kolegi :-)
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  January 8, 2009
Izvrsno!!! Ja sam ljubitelj LEGIĆA još 1967. Sada se s njima igraju moji klinci i kolekcija raste. Ali kako udobrovoljiti gospodu iz LEGA da na tržište ponovo vrate klasične kocke? Kako nabaviti (gdje, od koga) kocke po izboru. Evo i par kreacija mojih klinaca: http://www.inet.hr/~dsegovic/LEGO http://www.inet.hr/~dsegovic/MYLEGO
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  January 8, 2009
Zakon :-)
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  November 2, 2008
Got no words for this marvelous masterpiece of LEGO! It is great indeed.
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  August 6, 2008
O_O
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  August 4, 2008
It's EXELLENT!!!!
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  July 1, 2008
I'm not joking, my jaw quivered when I saw this.
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  June 21, 2008
Beautiful work! I live just a block away! It's just like the real thing... pozdrav iz Zagreba! Ja uskoro pocinjem slagati Umjetnicki Paviljon... mislim da je vecina kockica skupljena! Javi se da izmjenimo iskustva... ipak slazemo iste autore. :)) Cak sam neko vrijeme imao ideju i za HNK, ali mi se cinio prevelik u pocetku... a i onda si me prestigao! Izvrtan model, cestitam!
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  May 4, 2008
What can be said ! That MOC is beyond possible rating, even the choice of the building allowing for that original combination of green, yellow and white color pieces was right from the start.
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  April 20, 2008
That's just huge, what a stunning piece of work ! I only wish it could get 6 smilies for it deserves as much.
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  February 25, 2008
Quite simply, one of the most incredible creations I have ever seen. Ever. The detail and colours are supurb and sublime. Thank you for showing us what can be done with real talent and hard work.
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  January 15, 2008
Absolutely superb! The curved small roof sections, window details, SNOT decoration - and the immense scale, really make the building "pop". These old buildings are so difficult to model, but very rewarding when done!
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  December 9, 2007
A monumental project! My favorite detail is the column capitals.
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  September 17, 2007
Congratulations, Matija, beautiful rendition of the actual building. One of the 'must' in LEGO contruction.
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  September 12, 2007
Can't wait to see it in bricks!
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  September 12, 2007
Amazing. Truly amazing. It look's like a model in one of the Legolands.
 
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