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Hats & Clocks
A modular building featuring two small shops and two apartments – my entry for the Eurobricks Modular Madness contest.
About this creation
Hats & Clocks: Front right

One nougat bay, two gables, two shops...

(The round window in the bay was inspired by Holger Matthes' ICE train window; cf. last pic here.)

Hats & Clocks: Front left
(Admittedly, the left side wall doesn't look that nice and clean...)

Hats & Clocks: Gable detail

Hats & Clocks: Top
Includes a hatch for roof access (with a simple movable ladder underneath, but that's too hard to photograph properly).

Back side is a bit simpler, but still has some architectural details:

Hats & Clocks: Back

Hullo, what's going on there? Frankenstein's monster needs a new head!?

Hats & Clocks: Back closeup

Hats & Clocks: Back roof terrace

Hats & Clocks: Street

Clockmaker: A big golden mantelpiece clock thing is visible – the redefinition of the word "kitsch"...

Hats & Clocks: Clockmaker's window

Let's get inside:

Hats & Clocks: Ground floor interior

Hats & Clocks: Clockmaker interior 1
...with all kinds of clocks, and a little repair desk.

Hats & Clocks: Clockmaker interior 2
.. with a look at the back of that golden thing. Ironically, this is the only clock in the entire shop that displays the correct time. ;)

The hatter:

Hats & Clocks: Hatter's window
...with little not-yet-red-riding-hood entering.

Hats & Clocks: Hatter interior

Hats & Clocks: Hatter closeup
I think that there's a law that all hatters in fiction must be mad.

Let's get upstairs:

Hats & Clocks: Upper floors interior

Hats & Clocks: Second floor desk
Computer guy getting to work in his little home office.

Hats & Clocks: Second floor living room
Wife's turning on the TV.

Hats & Clocks: Second floor

Hats & Clocks: Second floor bedroom and bathroom
Making a virtue of the necessity of having to use a 1x4 tile since that's the only existing size in nougat...

Third floor:

Hats & Clocks: Third floor kitchen
The resident took a glass of wine that's ridiculously overpriced for its quality and taste, about to listen to some music...

Hats & Clocks: Third floor living room
...on his ridiculously overpriced audio system.

Hats & Clocks: Third floor

Hats & Clocks: Third floor closet
Walk-in closet closeup during build.

Group shot:

Hats & Clocks group shot

Interested in how the "path of inspiration" led me to the final house?

Hats & Clocks inspiration 1

This house right here in my hometown originally gave me the idea of a small gable on a bay with a big, full-width gable behind – and the interrupted round shape of the gables. I actually tried this in a facade test build for my upcoming police station, but didn't like it there because it didn't fit in with the others architecture-wise. So I shelved the double-gable idea for later, when the Modular Madness contest came along.

I really couldn't use a full-width gable there either for its height, nor use the above house as a model because it requires more upper floors for good proportions than would fit with the official modulars.

So I browsed the photos I had taken or copied; this one inspired the nougat color and the predominant grooves on the ground floor, and this one (last on this page) the overall shape.

Then I did some sketches:

Hats & Clocks: Sketches

Abd before finally starting to build it in real bricks, I did some tests and construction in LDD:

Hats & Clocks: Facade tests


 I made it 
  December 3, 2014
Thanks, but sorry, no instructions available.
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  December 2, 2014
This is just fantastic! I'd love to build this for my Modular Building collection - do you have instructions published/for sale anywhere?
 I like it 
  June 25, 2014
Truly delightful!! Detailing inside and out is spectacular ... gives me inspiration! Thank you!
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  September 10, 2013
Excellent work. The variation in the facade works beautifully and the interior is fantastic. In fact, looking at your creations inspired me to do my own modular building based on a real one near my home which I've just completed and can be found at this link:
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  January 2, 2013
Thanks! -- By the way, after I finally moved into my new apartment, I "only" set up the big layout with train tracks and built a wall and street that I didn't show here on Mocpages; see Flickr: , I'm waiting for Bricklink orders to complete my train bridges, and had to do quite some sorting. Hoping to get back to building houses and some scenery any day now. :)
 I like it 
  January 1, 2013
Wow, what a wonderful creation. I love the details both inside and out. A very creative way of using the Lego bricks. I particularly like how you presented all this. Especially your sharing of pictures and sketches. I wish more MOC builders did this.
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  December 26, 2012
it s cool to see how you work! some fine parts you have, female red torsio, and tall pine tree, I just love your narrating, but, this piece is your best ever! the interiors are very tasty, if you come back, visit, check my new recycling post for a laugh! mc andreas!
 I made it 
  June 20, 2012
Thanks, everyone!
 I like it 
  June 19, 2012
Very nice.
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  June 19, 2012
Great work, I love all the detail in the facade! Thanks for sharing part of the planning process too, your sketches are much neater than what I usually come up with!
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  June 19, 2012
Another fantastic house from you, quite a complex building with nice details. I especially like the color combination!
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  June 19, 2012
Another amazing modular building! I really like the fact that you don't stick to the normal layout of a modular, and build something a bit different. How many official modulars do you own? From you, I have seen the Fire Brigade with an extra level, as well as the original here. A great addition to your ever - expanding collection!
Andreas Grögel
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Cédric Picher
  June 18, 2012
Nice building! I really your building style. Maybe you could join some groups like: "Modular Buildings (Cafe Corner) Group" , "City Skyline" or "LEGO Architecture Club" (if you are not in any of these yet).
Andreas Grögel
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White Knight
  June 18, 2012
Fabulous ! So close to the picture and such good interior details, just like the insides of a clock, everything in the right place ! Well done
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  June 18, 2012
I REALLY like the trim and other details on the outside of the buildings, and the clever use of pieces.
By Andreas Grögel
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