Monday, November 24, 2014

Just the Ticket

Front Platform
Studdington Station by Snaillad
Studdington Township - (BTT) Looking like a shot lifted straight off a postcard from a bygone era, the humble Studdington Station continues to welcome and say farewell to the weary travelers that pass on through. Those waiting for their ride are free to take shelter under the wonderfully detailed canopy on rainy days, which are most days around these parts to be quite honest, or sit among the flowers lining the cobblestone sidewalk when weather permits.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Belles and Whistles

Beloved Belle
Beloved Belle by Kristel
Union Square - (BTT) For an item of clothing that is ideally only purchased and worn once, the wedding dress really exists a word apart from other apparel - it's hard to imagine a cable TV show devoted to people bickering over the perfect pair of tube socks after all. This author won't pretend to understand the difference between eggshell and ivory, but the employees of Beloved Belle have encyclopedic knowledge of every shade of white out there. As elegant on the inside as it is on the exterior, this shop has everything needed to make brides-to-be the center of attention on their special day. Upstairs, two apartments (and a neglected attic) fill out the rest of the building, hopefully with sufficiently soundproofed floors for the times tempers run hot below.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Checking Out

The West Eagle Grand Hotel 5
The West Eagle Grand Hotel by eyescream54
Avian Avenue - (BTT) In a world where some websites allow homeowners to become (legally questionable) private hoteliers while others advertise "couch surfing" to try and make sleeping on something that isn't even a bed sound like an extreme sport, one has to wonder what the future holds for all the standard hotels out there. Call this author old-fashioned, but there is still appeal in room service, fresh towels, and pillow mints. As splendid as the name implies, the West Eagle Grand Hotel remains proud to serve those of us who think sleeping on a mattress isn't an unreasonable request to have.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Shiver Me Cubicles

Pirate 100
Pirate 100 by lisqr
100 White Collar Way - (BTT) Other than the threat of scurvy, potential loss of limbs, and all-around general seasickness, who wouldn't want to be a pirate? Sadly, there really isn't a huge demand for buccaneers in today's modern society, where accountants and telemarketers are oddly deemed more beneficial to society at large. You may be a landlubber, but that doesn't mean you can't still dream of life on the open seas. With a footprint resembling the ocean waves and windows the color of the inky blue abyss, workers in this office building swear that they get an occasional whiff of the briny sea air as they trudge solemnly from their desk to the copier.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Last Man Standing

Ragge Runarson's business building
Ragge Runarson's Business Building by LegoJalex
Ramshackle Road - (BTT) Letting go is hard to do. It seems like only yesterday that everything was shiny and new, from the bright-eyed optimism of the upstart business owner to the exterior of the buildings he and his team inhabited. Perhaps a board got loose here and a crack appeared there, but those were to be worn as badges of pride, proof of a hard day's work. Then one day you look out your window and find the rest of the world has moved on without you. Torn between the memory of what was and the reality of what is can be bittersweet to say the least, but surely having a few extra badges is better than having none at all.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Not Quite Dead

If the old adage “absence makes the heart grow fonder” really is true, then Brick Town Talk’s fondness level is at an all-time high, so at least there’s that.

Clearly that isn't the reality, but this extended hiatus has certainly made me miss this little site, and what could be better timing to stage yet another comeback than with the leak of the next modular, the Detective’s Office, due out early next year (thanks to Eurobricks for the pic below).

10246 Detective's Office
Detective's Office courtesy Eurobricks
This past year and a half have seen a fair amount of changes in the world of Lego blogs, with the death of a few of my favorites (goodbye Classic-Town) and the creation of some new ones (hello Modulars by Kristal). Still, I don’t think that there really is another site quite like this one, celebrating all the wonderful Lego architecture out there regardless of scale or style, so it’s worth keeping around, at least in my opinion.

For now, expect the usual reporting from me with a few minor tweaks here and there to margins and removing some dead wood. Don’t expect these every day, but definitely more than once every 18 months. Going forward, I am thinking about other features that would make the site more interesting to both the audience and the author so this isn’t just a series of images you’ve already seen on flickr. If there is anything you would like to see, feel free to email me (and if you have emailed in these last months, I am slowly getting through them).

As for my own Lego creations, those also took a year off. I am happy to say that I am slowly getting back in the MOC game, starting with the completion of my jewelry store, pizzeria, and bike shop (lovingly inspired by the official Bike Shop and Café set). Expect to see it soon in the Rockefeller Center Lego Store, and look forward to some new modulars in 2015.

Jewelry Store, Pizzeria, and Bricklyn Bike
Jewelry Store, Pizzeria, and Bricklyn Bike by Jonathan Grzywacz

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Miami Nice

Colony Hotel, Miami, FL
Courtesy Colony Hotel by Daniel Siskind
Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, Florida - (BTT) Few places in the world are so intrinsically linked to an architectural style as Miami Beach is to Art Deco. Cruising down Ocean Drive is an experience the exists no where else on earth, and among the pastel-colored Streamline Moderne hotels that line the street, the Colony stands especially iconic. Built in 1939, the hotel and the neighborhood weren't always as glamorous as they are today - in a bit of irony, it was thanks in part to shows like Miami Vice and movies like Scarface depicting the rather seedy state of the area in the 1980's that helped renew interest in South Beach and assuring landmark status for gems like this.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Hermit Habitats

Cliffside Monastery
Courtesy Cliffside Monastery by Paul Vermeesch
Chastity Cliff - (BTT) It's one thing to want to get away from it all and find a nice little place to yourself by the sea to unwind as a vacation - it's another thing to make it your life. Further from society but closer to his creator, this lonely monk has just the sounds of the ocean below to keep him company. Fortunately, he also has a humble abode that might be small in footprint but is big on details. The clean, white stucco walls give a nice contrast to the surrounding landscape and provides the perfect blank backdrop for a lifetime of meditation.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Seaside Stay


Courtesy Hotel Creators by OliveSeon
Ocean Drive - (BTT) While we have done our fair share of covering the very best in hospitality over the year, I dare say this might be the most opulent let, if only for the site alone. Perched just feet away from the ocean, the Hotel Creators dwarfs the buildings around it, including the adjacent lighthouse. Thankfully it does its guests a great service is being beautiful in addition to big - a grand entry sets the stage at the ground floor, while the rest of the building's massing is playfully broken up with a series of setbacks, towers, and balconies.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Microscale Monday 02-18-2013

Another mini LEGO house
Courtesy mini LEGO house by ninbendo
Tinytown - (BTT) After a some recent (and stunning) examples of modern single-family residences, it's nice to return to a more traditional little slice of suburbia. This one-story charmer might be small in footprint, but is large on details - especially nice are the gardens and bay window overlooking the driveway. For this happy couple and their dog, it might not make the cover of the next issue of Mansions Monthly, but it is home.