This is the second version of the building experiment (See W1001 Building Experiment for the first version). Named W2001 it was built by myself and my nephew after the original one contained several flaws.
W1001 was designed as a building he could do anything with. However because all the floors were fixed it was actually a lot more limited than we had thought. We demolished it and built W2001 instead.
The building is similar in appearance to W1001 and the glass barrel roof is the same one but the major difference (and the one I think will give it longevity over W1001) is that the three floors can be removed. This is achieved by tracks built into the building so the floors can slide in and out.
This allows for any arrangement in floor design and when not in use the floors can be pushed back into the building. By allowing them to be removed the floors can have anything built on them and be changed according to what my nephew wants them to be used for.
It also follows a colour scheme:
- Light bluish gray for the sliding floor aspects (the tracks and the supports)
- Dark gray for the floors
- Dark bluish gray for the support columns
- Black for the stairs
The top floor of the building looking head on to the glass barrel roof. At the bottom of the picture you can see the other side of the one of the I beams that allow the floors to be removed from the building.
The interior of the glass barrel roof when viewed from the top floor. It is the same roof from W1001.
The building from a distance. It is more slender than the first building.
These are building elements that were added for decoration. Both dials are for mechanical elements for when the building is occupied (water pumps etc)
Guttering running down from the barrel roof
The staircase at the rear of the building. The staircase had to be put in a place where it wouldn't be affected by the floors sliding in and out
Another mechanical aspect (ventiliation fan) on the other side of the building
There are three red plates (one for each floor). The floors are designed to be removed in a certain direction and this plate indicates which way to pull them out from the building frame
View of the building with the floors extended from the main frame
The black staircase viewed from a floor that has been extended - the I beams either side can be seen as well
Another view of the I beam track for the second floor
The first floor extended
All three floors extended
Looking from above the building with the floors extended.
With all the floors removed. It makes it easier for my nephew to build on them with the floors taken out
That's really neat. I would love to see some photos of the building after your nephew adds some elements to each floor. I'm intrigued by how you managed to create the sliding mechanism. I did something similar with a lid for a box, but I used elements which were only a plate high. Your elements appear to be a brick high.