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Brutalist Hi-Rise
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A one-day project featuring a modernist apartment building.
About this creation

I’ve always been a fan of Brutalism, having grown up in Edmonton with its bunker mentality. Today’s skyscrapers are all glass with large balconies, but for me I prefer the comfort of thick concrete and tiny windows.

Sadly, “Brutalism” conveys certain meanings in English that were not intended. The origin of the term comes from the French for raw concrete (béton brut). Call a building Brutalist and you will likely get a groan or two, maybe a “tear it down”. But call it Mid-Century Modernism, and suddenly it’s all class.

This particular building is inspired by some local apartments, but not slavishly so. I had a couple of exterior references, and a couple of floor plans to estimate measurements. From that I extrapolated everything else. And the grounds are purely conjectural, of course.

A typical floor has twelve suites, four 2-bedrooms and eight 1-bedrooms. As usual it is Minifig scale.

The kitchen and entrance.

The balconies have round cutouts, except for the top floor. No idea why: wind resistance? aesthetics?

A view down the hallway.

The main floor features a large lobby, eight commercial premises, and maintenance facilities.

The lobby has two mailrooms (there are over 200 suites). On the right is the intercom panel, and in the opposite corner (hidden) is the fire alarm panel.

The maintenance area has an overhead door for the waste bins, as well as tools, water tanks, etc.

The elevator cars are a little posh.

On the roof there are motors for the elevators.

Above the elevator shaft is a complex antenna array.

The building is also adorned with cell phone transceivers.

The LXF file only has the first two floors complete. Thanks for viewing!

Building instructions
Download building instructions (LEGO Digital Designer)


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  December 17, 2016
You're a beast!
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  December 3, 2016
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  December 3, 2016
super awesome!:D
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  December 3, 2016
Realismism, isn't it? As you title describes it and you put it straight, Misa! ;)
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  December 3, 2016
Nice job for one day, but I cannot see it nice. We have plenty of these buildings built in communism in inferior quality, being the cheapest form of accommodating large masses of slave laborers concentrated around military industrial complexes. Became symbol of the system.
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  December 2, 2016
Nice work! The details are great, especially the stove and the circular opening on the end balconies. Not bad for "one day!"
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  December 2, 2016
Great job! To be continued?
By Misa Nikolic
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