1007 Mountain Drive . A modern house, which made it's public debut at Brickworld 2012 where it was nominated for best small building. . This project started as a unit in my Lego design summer school class in which I asked the students to design a 21st century modern dwelling that was responsive to the environment around it. My assistant, Quin, helped formulate the initial floor plan last July, and the build sat dormant for a while as we focused more on what the students were building. When classes finished, Quin helped me build the initial rock work, and again, long periods of inactivity.
I would like to credit the ViruaLUG collective for helping me with ideas for the sloping roof (Lee Jones - I believe) and the infinity pool (Chris Phipson), as well as all the other V-LUGers who gave valuable advice as the project progressed. Other influence include the furniture of Brixie63 and the Porsche design of Zeto Vince. The most notable influence however was that of my Lego lesson students who gave input as I build this during our Saturday sessions, and Devon who was building her greenhouse while I was struggling to finish this. She also provided the excellent photo editing you see in this post.
Let's get on with the tour...
This is the "street" side of the house, the side that would be viewable as you approached the residence.
The curved path leads one up to a red wall, signifying a change that is about to occur in the facade.
The dramatic slope of roof and the balcony help create divisions between public and private space.
Outdoor space is very important to this house. I originally filled the rocky landscape with green vegetation, but my advisers suggested that it drew the eye away from the house, which should be the center of attention.
The pool area creates an extension of the first floor, which is cut across on the diagonal, yet open because of the glass wall.
The floor plan of the house is completely open and space is divided only by the pass-through bar. You can see how the curve of the building matches the spiral staircase - form follows function.
Large, functional kitchen made for entertaining.
The second floor is mostly private space, with the exception of the bathroom off the top off the staircase. Notice again how light is able to flow from one end of the space to the other, even through bathroom walls.
Again, very sparse furnishings, which echo the color scheme of the exterior.
One of the goals of this build was to seamlessly integrate lighting. This creation features LED Brick Light by Artifex. The lights are built into the pool, the fireplace (on both levels) and into the SNOT (studs not on top) area between the floors and the roof.
The pool and the fireplace on the first floor. Here you can see the famous floatie, which wasn't added until the last minute, and was a big hit at Brickworld.
The house at night, without the fireplace effects.
The warmth of the fire on the second floor.
This project represents almost a year of work to get everything just right. Many sections had to be rebuilt as new elements were incorporated. This model is an example of the cleanness can can be achieved in Lego building and is certainly very appealing because of that. However, building cleanly, is quite easy with Lego, I am now interested in building a more unfinished and worn-down look at minifigure scale. Look for more of that coming VERY soon.
Update: HERE is the VERY soon - The Dark Knight Rises