Lego Challenge #5: Build a model based on an architectural style
I am not an architect, and I have never taken classes in Architecture. That said, I am familiar with some of the most common styles even if I can’t always refer to them by name. For today’s project, I browsed a few galleries with examples from a couple of different architectural styles, and picked one as the inspiration for a model of my own creation.
Architectural style resources
Since I don’t have any books on Architecture beyond the book that came with my Lego Architecture Studio set, I simply searched online for terms like “architectural styles”. The following are a few resources that I found helpful…
- The best reference I found was an excellent collection of architectural styles with many examples of each style, and it happens to be from my home state: Architectural Style Guide from Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historical Preservation.
- Another good resource I found was the Architectural Styles Guide at http://www.preservationdirectory.com.
- architecturestyles.org also offers a good guide with lots of examples.
“Shed” architectural style
After reviewing a few styles on the WA State Architectural Style Guide, I was drawn to building a model based on a style I’m familiar with from the Pacific Northwest. There are several examples of Shed-style architecture in this area, including Sixty 01, a condo and townhome community near our home which I’m sure was built in the 1965 – 1985 timeframe associated with the style. The common traits of the examples of the style that I saw were wood exteriors and bold sloping roof-lines that rarely meet in a single peak.
My idea for this project was to make a home with two stories in front and one in back that utilized overlapping “L” shaped roofs that come to mismatched peaks. In a real-life implementation, water management where the two roof-lines join would be a issue, but not to worry, my model is built out of plastic so it will be completely waterproof!
Getting this angular design right required two steps which I hadn’t done on prior projects:
- Breaking my rule and using pieces outside of the Lego Architecture Studio set (I used 4 hinges to join the two roof segments. I’m sure I could have done this another way, but this was *much* easier.)
- Creating a prototype to get the shape right, then building a detailed model with accents such as windows and doors later.
Even after making the prototype, I made a significant change in the final design by extending the roofline by 1 unit. This gave the home a better look and covers some of the imperfections where the roof and walls meet.
Between researching different styles and the actual build, this was my most time consuming project yet. Thankfully, I am happy with the result. I’m particularly pleased that the finished project closely followed the idea I had created in my mind – it’s nice when the idea isn’t lost in translation. I definitely expect to repeat this project with other styles, this was a lot of fun even if it was time consuming. (I know the model is good when I really don’t look forward to taking it apart.)
build time: 2 hours.