My eighth and largest CC-Standard build yet, based on the great American courthouses found throughout the country. Inspired by Gringotts Bank from 10217 Diagon Alley.
About this creation
This MOC has been a very long time in the making! I started planning this build when I was still finishing up my townhouses based on the other buildings from the Diagon Alley set, well before it was announced that the next official modular would be a Town Hall. It underwent several major changes along the way - I had originally planned to have it only be 32-studs wide and actually had almost the entire exterior built before I decided the proportions were all wrong and redid it as a 64-stud wide creation. It was also to be 3 stories when it was the smaller footprint, and had things like holding cells and a jury box, but I decided it didn't need to be a criminal court and I think everything worked out for the best. The building is based on a bunch of courthouses throughout the United States, but not one more than any other. I did draw some inspiration from Borough Hall in Brooklyn, where I live, so the name is an homage to that.
Without further ado, here it is. On the roof are two large skylights - one over the courtroom and one over the judge's chambers.
A detail of the pediment. I am normally an advocate of the separation of church and state, but Moses was just too perfect of a fit not to use. I thought the handcuffs made pretty good scales of justice, and I like the duality of the whole concept.
A perspective view of the front.
The back is not my greatest work, but it's functional. I originally planned to do a flat roof, so once I decided to make it pitched I ran into a little issue with the overhang.
Time to go inside. Here is the ground floor.
I was tired of doing square patterns, so I decided to make some hexagons for the main lobby. I originally had something more elaborate and far less stable - after sneezing and seeing the pattern go everywhere, I went with something a little more sturdy. The elevators are loose in the shafts and have ceilings that can be removed to reveal tiled floors, but they don't move through any mechanism nor do the doors open.
On the left is a large conference room. The two smaller rooms in that wing are a bathroom and a payphone - truly a relic of a forgotten time before cell phones took over.
On the right are offices for the clerks, court reporters, and the like. I'm actually pretty proud of that copier - I need to take a better picture of it. There is also a little homage to Mike Judge in here.
Moving now to the second floor. The balcony around the atrium is a bit tight, but I really wanted it to be a double-height space.
On the left is the courtroom. Since there is no jury box, this would handle things like small claims or family disputes.
On the right is the judge's chambers. She has a bunch of little statues and trinkets to make the space her own. The stairs connect down to the offices below, which, when coupled with the fact that I have two elevators, makes my build much more code compliant than the Town Hall.
The third floor is really more of a mechanical floor for the elevators and a way to let more light down into the atrium - those balconies are not accessible to the general public.
Since this building is so wide, I didn't want it to be too tall. Here it is next to the Fire Brigade and Pet Shop to show that the two wings are actually shorter than typical modulars.
And finally, here it is with my first MOC, the Modular Market Village...
... and my most popular MOC, the Galaxy Diner and Empire Theater.
Thank you so much for looking. Comments and questions are always appreciated!
The whole front facade is amazing. Every detail is perfect. I love the two busts in the judge's chambers also. The roof is fabulous. Your Empire theater inspired me to work on a CC theater; I plan to have a working elevator in mine.