This building was constructed in 2007 for the National Model Railroad Association show in Detroit and highlights a number of my design philosophies for creating small buildings for display in a train layout.
How the building received its name seems self-explanatory. Note the ATM machine which helps to break up the lower blank wall.
The building's foundation is raised one brick in order for it to be compatible with the train layout roadplates.
I learned this technique for creating the white window panes with the help of round vertical columns from Jim Garrett's Neoclassical Bank Building
The upper floors can be removed to expose the inside of the coffee shop.
Note the black inner walls on the gray townhouse side. This prevents light from passing through the building and giving a hollow empty appearance.
Inside the coffee shop with classic checkerboard tile floor. With buildings featuring large first floor windows, I try to provide a furnished interior.
This view shows the upper floors of the coffee shop removed. I don't like line-of-sight views that reveal missing floors in buildings (this seems common in model train building kits), so I have added some simple interior walls and floors. I will use a light color for these surfaces, in this case white, to add a degree of brightness to the inside.
One final look. I don't use bright primary Lego colors (red, blue, yellow, etc) for the main structures of my buildings. Instead, I use earthtones and then use primary bright colors for highlights and accents. In this case the red/white color scheme of the coffee shop.
It is incredible beautiful. I would be interested in de building list and parts list. I'm commencing to start building a city for my son. I have the program Lego Designer. Thanks in advance. Sincerly yours Jeroen Vanneste