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Bell Tower Mansion / Former Monastery (12V-illuminated)
It all started out with an architecture class during 12th grade. We had to build a model house, and I begged our pretty easy going teacher to permit me to do it in Legos. This is what came out of it: My Bell Tower Mansion, which was supposed to be a monastery in former times. Large parts of it were illuminated by 12V lights, which made it look amazing at night:) It contained 5 balconies, some nice walkways around the inner courtyard, a fountain inmidst of that yard, a garage/stable, 8 bedrooms, a wine cellar, a big entrance portal and a pub as well as a living/community room in the tower. The tower itself held a real bell which I fixed underneath its roof. Keywords: Bell Tower Mansion bell tower mansion Monastery monastary inner court yard courtyard walkways fountain stable garage gravestone portal entrance balcony balconies 12V illumination illuminated lighting gate gates pub living room wine cellar stairs
About this creation
This is the illuminated mansion, being integrated into one of my town layouts. The second, pretty bad quality picture shows a close-up view into the illuminated inner courtyard.












The front view: Stairs, a big entrance portal with a wine cellar underneath, and on both sides two rooms on two floors, the top one on each side providing a balcony. The inside and outside of the entrance hall is very well illuminated, as it can be seen on the picture above. In the entrance hall (not visible on the pics), wide center stairs led up to the first floor walkways, and two smaller stairways went down to the groundfloor´s walkways, to the bedrooms, to the wine cellar and the courtyard.










The back side of the building complex, underneath the blinding sun. A big gate opened the way to the former stable which nowadays was supposed to be used as a garage. The garage, only separated from the inner courtyard by the quadratic walkway on the ground floor and two leg-high iron doors, can easily receive two cars in minifig-scale. On both sides of the tower, two rooms, a couple of studs shorter than the ones on the other side of the building, complete the ground floor level. On the first floor, two rooms on both sides are separated from the tower by the endings of the first floor´s walkways. The tower room can only be reached by these walkways and contains a pub/bar type locality, from which a ladder leads to the second (a simple living/community room) and even third floor of the tower, to where the big bell is fixed (the highest level of the tower, having balconies on both sides). An additional balcony can be seen on the first floor, right next to the roof of the ground floor´s big gate.










The side view of the mansion: between the bedroom unities is an old gravestone, at which the minifig directly looks while coming out of the small side gate.










The entire complex could just be turned open, which allowed quite a nice perspective in the innerst of the walkways and yard. Also, the fixing of the 12V illumination is pretty well visible.










And a bird´s-eye view:







Comments

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  June 22, 2012
Astonishingly beautiful! This is so well-designed and the lighting system looks great! :-)
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  March 23, 2012
Beautiful! Looks nice when it's illuminated!
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  August 4, 2010
I love this mansion. It makes me want to learn how to use the lighting system.
  February 3, 2010
great moc!!! but id check if its a mansion. the National Society of Realtors defines a mansion as a dwelling of 8000sq ft of living space or more. thats 10000 studs in minifig scale, buddy.
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  October 24, 2009
Very nice man i love the detail...come check out some of mine sometime!
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  January 16, 2009
You have a great nack for detail. All of your town pieces make me want to switch sides from space to town...but we'll see where it all goes in time. Great lighting! (And yes, Silent Hill is my favorite series. Its hard to find any monster as iconic as Pyramid Head. 1 and 3 were my favorites. Origins was a great portable, and Homecoming was visually stunning. The movie was ehhh....but Pyramid Head was awesome!)
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  July 9, 2008
Excellent job. I hope you got an A on your assignment
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  June 26, 2008
nice, I like the yard inside (I don't know the exact word) The entrance looks pretty good too, the roof is nicely done, good job
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  June 22, 2008
Lovely. You've used soooo many red sloped pieces, but the different roof construction make it all extremely interesting. Once again, well done on lighting it up!
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  June 20, 2008
WOW. You have a lot of red sloped pieces. I'm so jealous. I have always wanted to make something like this, but lack of the red pieces has always foiled. I LOVE it to death! It's so perfect in the sense that nothing is over-done or incomplete. I love the open area in the middle, and if this were a real house, I'd be the first to buy it... if I had the money. :P
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  June 6, 2008
I like the style and layout of this mansion; Its very interesting.
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  May 26, 2008
You have one of the best Lego cities I've seen on MOCpages. The way you illuminated this house is pretty brilliant.. Wish I knew how to do that.
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  May 24, 2008
incredible made realy cool and it looks just fantastic!
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  May 23, 2008
This mansion packs a lot of interest into a fairly small footprint. While it looks good in white and red, I bet it would look nice in tan and red as well. Is it based on a real structure?
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  May 19, 2008
Very nice. I love this Mansion.
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  May 16, 2008
very goo9d choice of colors.
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  April 12, 2008
I believe that this moc is very elegant
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  April 12, 2008
Very beautiful house, my friend. 5/5
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  April 12, 2008
nice, it is very beautiful
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  April 11, 2008
I hope your teacher gave you a good grade. You're definietely a Lego-Maniac if I've ever seen one =) Great Build
 
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