Ferrari Dealership . This Ferrari dealership is the perfect place to find your dream car... as long as it is Italian, and red.
Built over the course of the last 4 years, this is by far my largest creation to date, and a perfect showcase for my 16-wide car collection as well as my passion for Ferrari. I completed a majority of the design work for the dealership building in 2012, loosely based off of the Ferrari dealership of Tampa Bay. I began collecting pieces with countless BrickLink and Pick-a-Brick orders, with a majority of the building taking place between 2013 and 2016.
The dealership building consists of 2 main sections, front and back, and is illuminated by a series of LED lights. The building is made up of approximately 23,000 pieces, the transporter adds another 5,000 pieces, and the 8 cars contribute another 8,000 pieces for an overall 36,000 Lego bricks. . See more at Flickr
The dealership building sits on top of a 192x144 stud base and features large windows wrapping all around with palm trees and a winding "race" track out front:
The winding track out front is one of my favorite features. The track and base are all completely smooth with each red and white 2x4 tile attached via 1x1 bricks with 1 side stud and "headlamp" bricks to attach the sideways facing ground to the base-plates below:
All lettering and logos around the outside of the building are brick-built with two "Ferraris" and two prancing horse logos:
The offset "Ferrari" lettering is all completely and legally connected, though it uses a fair number of clips and lightsaber blades or tubing to keep everything in place. This is an element I knew I had to include and I really like the way it sticks out from the exterior wall by a half stud:
While sold out before even entering production, the LaFerrari looks quite at home parked out front of the dealership. The building is approximately scaled to fit my 16-wide collection of cars:
An eye-level shot shows that the 458 Italia is also in its element out front:
The rear of the model features more of the wrap-around windows as well as a large, sliding garage door leading to the garage portion of the dealership:
The sliding garage door allows cars to enter and exit the building, and offers a glimpse of the detailed interior:
A top view of the building shows the skylight windows in detail. While not present on the real-life building, they are one of my favorite features on this model:
The large windows wrapping around the building form an integral part of the design, though those looking closely will notice that they are not as simple as they first appear. The thin, white, spacers that visually separate the black window frames are flat tiles, so many of the windows do not line up with the studs at the base. This design required that all windows be added in adjacent groups of 4, 9, 14 and so on for the sideways tiles to be added in multiples of five (equivalent to 2 studs at the base) to avoid any gaps. To keep everything together, the window stacks are all attached via clips at the top and the spacer tiles are attached at the bottom via headlight bricks. The result is actually surprisingly sturdy:
The doors on the right side of the building open up to allow visitors and buyers to enter.
The interior of the dealership is quite clean-looking, while incorporating a number of SNOT-based mosaics of Ferrari models, past and present. This view shows the floor-plan lengthwise, comfortably fitting five to six 16-wide cars:
One of my favorite shots of the interior, this includes 3 of my favorite Ferrari models (both brick-built and in metal/carbon form) as well as the 250 GTO mosaic, 2 prancing horse mosaics, a racing flag mosaic, and a third instance of the "Ferrari" lettering:
The white, tiled portion of the showroom floor is angled, starting shallow at one end and growing wider towards the other end. The chain barrier is attached by a series of headlamp bricks, which also serve to hold the sideways angled bricks in place. On the wide end of the floor, a functioning turntable is the perfect way to show off particularly special models. Above, images of the iconic F40 and the legendary 250 GTO reflect the history of the brand:
I incorporated 3rd party LED lights to illuminate the interior of the building, which can be seen here lining the ceiling. Even with this lighting (or perhaps because of it) it was certainly a challenge to get decent shots of the interior. I tried several setups, which are noticeable in some of the shots, to varying levels of success. Either way, this project has absolutely given me a much greater appreciation for the way some builders, far more talented than I, incorporate and photograph lighting effects in their work:
A shot across the floor from the opposite end shows a better view of the angled, white tile floor section, and shows a view of the F50 and Enzo as mosaics at the far end:
The mighty Enzo sits at the end of the floor taking its place next to the LaFerrari:
The lettering on the interior of the building is offset, much like that on the outside, though here the offset is a full stud where on the exterior the offset is only a half stud. This actually required a completely different, deeper design as the exterior lettering made use of half-stud offset plates where here tiles are used, making it more difficult to attach above and below:
On the rear section of the building, there is a lounge with comfortable furniture to sit upon while selecting just the right trim options for your brand new car. Above, 288 GTO and LaFerrari mosaics appear next to another prancing horse to help strike inspiration:
Off to the side of the lounge, available options are displayed for everything from exterior and interior colors to steering wheels, brake discs and calipers, with a variety of wheel and seat options to choose from:
At the far end of the rear section of the showroom, the sliding door opens to the outside world next to a large mosaic of my previously posted 625 TRC Spider:
For current owners, maintenance plays a critical part in keeping these machines in top form. This station includes (some of) the tools necessary to get the job done:
This composite view shows the front (top) and rear (bottom) sections of the dealership with a selection of vehicles and a view of all the mosaics surrounding the top of the interior:
Prancing hose logo:
625 TRC Spider:
Behind the scenes....
I designed nearly all of this build (minus some of the cars) via LDD back in 2012 - these shots show several stages of the design process:
Building began in 2013, starting with the foundation, which consists of 32 x 32-stud baseplates arranged in an overall grid of 6 x 4.5 (or 192 x 144 studs) and a layer of plates from the extra parts bin (front portion only shown here). Such a large creation required the right building space.... and who really NEEDS a dining room?
The packages begin to arrive. This included 2 large Pick-a-Brick orders and countless Bricklink orders:
The many Lego boxes contained an ocean of Lego pieces, along with the spare parts pile (bottom right image):
Construction continued on the front portion of the building, first adding the flooring to the base, then adding the windows and walls:
Next came the road out front and the exterior details. The "Ferrari" lettering, despite the appearance on the back-side, is all legally connected, though it took a fair amount of time and patience to design, especially in LDD:
From the early stages of this build, I knew I was going to incorporate LED lighting, but did not factor this into the LDD design, taking an ambitious "TBD" approach. That said, I was able to build all of the wiring into the ceiling, wrapping around and meeting at one side in the center. The wires then route down through a hollow support pillar, underneath the tile flooring, and out the side of the model to plug into the wall:
A few final details finished the front portion of the building, and some early lighting tests proved successful:
Photographing this monster was a daunting task. In early shoots I used a white sheet, which I love for a bright, clean-looking background. Unfortunately, the white walls of the building disappeared too much into the background so I got a darker color for better contrast. Even sliding the building onto the sheet took quite a bit of work, but eventually I was able to get the shots I needed. My Photoshop skills are limited, though eventually I at least was able to clean the images up enough to post:
The whole collection...
This shot shows my current Ferrari collection, minus a few Creator F40s. There is a rogue Lamborghini floating about as well, but it just seemed a bit out of place in the group photo...
Thanks for viewing!