This building has no specific name but it has a purpose. I built it for my nephew who wanted a building that he could do anything with. He has Lego sets and the modular buildings but he needed something for his town that could be anything he wanted it to be. Over the course of an afternoon we put it together; him designing it and both of us building it.
The idea is relatively simple. It is a four-storey mini-fig scale building crowned with a glass roof. It is supported by six columns (four 2x2 grey columns and 2 4x4 central columns) which hold up the floors. At one side of the building is a track for an elevator that needs to be physically held in place when being used (again part of the idea of the building being played with rather than standing there collecting dust).
It is sparse and the floors are high enough that he can put anything he wants in the floors which themselves can be rearranged and extended without a lot of hassle. In the 'atrium' there are steps and bridges connecting the floors. I added these as a feature and also to discourage him putting things in the middle of the building which is where the main supports are. If he damages the floors the building won't come down, the same can't be said for the columns in the middle!
The barrel roof was his idea and it was the part of the building that took the longest to put together. It was a nice touch and gives the building a certain unique look to it.
How long it will last I don't know and I have no idea what he will do with it so I wanted to capture the building before it is transformed and/or potentially destroyed!
Showing the floors and supports. Grey baseplates were used for the floors. In theory for ceiling tiles technic pins and 2x2 plates could be used
A view of the central staircases and also the elevator track at the side
A closer view of the barrel roof and the chrome silver tiles to highlight it. This is my favourite part of the building. In my nephew's Lego town this building is slightly taller than the others so the roof stands out quite nicely
Looking inside the 'atrium' up at the barrel glass roof. The staircases and main support columns can be seen. I chose the circular 4x4 bricks because with the addition of technic pins anything can be added to them
Similar shot but further away, this time showing the floors. If the floors need to be extended it only requires a few bricks to be taken away.
The elevator track - there is nothing to stop the elevator coming off and thus it needs to be physically pushed up and down. The idea of this was simplicity. It was easier to construct a lift track than a tower which would hold an elevator in place
Very nice work guys. Your nephew is a budding architect me thinks. A steel framed building with an atrium - reminds me of the Crystal Palace but more utilitarian. I can’t wait to see the result. The atrium is stunning and very well built. I must build a building soon. :) Happy new year to you both.