Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Model of Health

Courtesy Modular Hospital by cecilihf 
Wellbeing Way - (BTT) Let's be honest - going to the hospital is rarely a pleasant occasion. The stench of disinfectant everywhere, the food that makes that on airplanes seem like fine dining, the whole getting poked with needles and scalpels and whatnot - certainly no stay at the Ritz. Still, think of where we would be without them. Located in what must be the Spanish section of Oslo based on those beautifully arched windows and stucco facade, this healthcare facility has thankfully seen many more people come into this world than they have seen depart it.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

A Breath of Fresh Air

Terrace Apartment 4
Courtesy Terrace Apartment by Myko-
Setback Street - (BTT) Apartment living can have its perks, but often times any positives get outweighed by the simple fact that you have no outdoor space to call your own. Not so for those dwelling here - both the second and third floors feature ample terraces for everything from growing a garden to getting some rays. Those who can't afford such luxurious living but can afford a hair cut are in luck - a barber shop takes up the majority of the ground floor and get your locks looking lovely in no time.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Extra Extra

1 Front Exterior
Courtesy The Evening Brick by snaillad
Reporters Way - (BTT) Dating back from the era when all reporters wore fedoras with the word "Press" tucked into the band, the headquarters for The Evening Brick has seen (and reported) more history than most. Journalists are hard at work researching the latest scoop in their second floor offices while the Editor-in-Chief keeps an eye on things from his lavish top floor suite. Time is everything in this business, and with the clock in the tower ever ticking away the minutes, these employees never forget that the news waits for no man.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

I'll Drink to That

Ollivander's Pub
Courtesy Ollivander's Pub by _Matn
Ye Olde Towne - (BTT) It's refreshing to see a place that serves refreshments that is quite content to keep it simple. Ollivander's Pub has been around for centuries, and so long as there remains a desire to grab a beer and munch on some snacks (which is possibly the most certain thing in life after death and taxes), expect to see it around for a few centuries more. Additional outdoor seating can be found beyond the arched passage, and behind the gorgeous white and black timber facade above lies an apartment that is as cozy as the pub below.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Beach Day

Life's a Beach 2
Courtesy Life's a Beach by Dakar A
1296 Bayside Ave.- (BTT) The summer just hasn't happened yet in coastal areas until you make a trip to the beach. The sun, sand, and waves provide a great atmosphere, and the people are usually friendly. There are all sorts of things to do on the beach, from sunbathing to building a sandcastle, and even fishing! The boardwalk is original, and the setup is modular in three places: the walls, and the water. It can be connected to a 32x32 baseplate to add to the scene! (This is a MOC I made, but I just couldn't resit tooting my own horn!)

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Basic Brilliance

Courtesy City Residential Pack #3 by Brick City Depot
London, Britain- (BTT) If it ain't broken, don't fix it. A classical adage that came from who knows where, but still as prevalent today as when it was first uttered. Modular (or terraced) housing and buildings follow this quite well: build an attractive building, build another, paint it a different color, rinse and repeat. But, just because they're similar doesn't make these buildings any less unique. A great example of how one doesn't need a vast palette of colors to create a great MOC or Modular Building. Let this example inspire you, and get building!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Homely Hospitality

Courtesy One Brick Plaza by anupher
Texture Corner- (BTT) Hotels. The home away from home for many a weary traveler. What makes us love them so much? The warm, supple bedding? The free, delicious breakfast? Or the helpful, kind staff? Whatever it is, hotels are often a great place to spend the night during one's travels, and this one is amazing as well! The unique plated glass doors, the great use of the 'brick brick', the foliage creeping slowly up the side of the building are all excellent. Let's just hope they have enough supplies for an extended stay!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Smells Like Success

Courtesy Perfume Shop by alex54
Aroma Avenue - (BTT) Despite having taken many trips on public transportation that suggest otherwise, people are willing to shell out big bucks to smell like something more appealing than an armpit - thankfully this Perfume Shop will make sure you are stimulating the olfactory glands of your peers in all the right ways. Virtually anyone even remotely famous seems to have his or her own signature scent, so if you've always dreamed of smelling like a Kardashian (hopefully not, but this author is not one to judge), then look no further. On the upper floors of this art nouveau stunner is an apartment absolutely flooded with light thanks to the oversized windows of the facade and skylight on the roof.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Refuse Reuse

Recycling station
Courtesy Recycling Station by LegoJalex
Wastenot Way - (BTT) It seems like it wasn't all that long ago that everyone had exactly one place to put all their unwanted stuff - the dump. After a little initial moaning and a bit of prodding, sorting the recycling has become just another part of everyday life for most of us (and shame on you if it hasn't). Now that we have those neat bundles of newspaper (for the three of you that don't get your news online nowadays) and have inspected the bottom of every plastic bottle looking for the correct magical numbers, it's time to head over the Recycling Station to help them find a second chance at life. Paper or plastic, metal or glass, chemicals or compost - you name it and this place has just the container to cram it into.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Moulin Rose

Courtesy Black Cat Cabaret by RedCoKid 
Can-Can Alley - (BTT) Hydroelectric power plants. Solar powered cars. Wind powered nightclubs? Ok, so the windmill on the front of the Black Cat Cabaret might use more energy than it creates, but it makes quite the statement nonetheless. Enter through the glass canopy and take a seat by the stage - if you're lucky, you might even get a spot in the balcony (although do mind the windmill mechanics while you're up there). 

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Culture Chronicled

Museum of History
Courtesy Museum of History by TheDarkblane
Museum Mile - (BTT) Perhaps the hardest part about going to a museum is deciding which one is worth your time. While there are some good all-purpose palaces of the past out there, others are oddly specific - is it really worth spending your day at a place devotes solely to thimbles, corkscrews, or Spam (the meat in a can, not the emails promising to enhance your you-know-what). The Museum of History knows that variety is the spice of life and offers a whole host of interesting exhibits, from medieval costumes to Asian artifacts to air and space

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Roxy Movies

_U1_0503 Roxy Front
Courtesy Roxy by JiminiBrickit
Wellington, New Zealand - (BTT) It's almost hard to believe that going to the movies was once considered a cheap date - the asking price to see grown men pretend to still be in high school and punch people in the face while wearing their pajamas is certainly not what it was. While perhaps not the value they were, there is no denying that few buildings possess the style of a classic cinema. With its neon sign, brightly lit interiors, and grand main theater (which is also handicap accessible), if there was any place worthy of getting a decent chunk of your paycheck, the Roxy is it.