Lego architecture

Dutch

Lego isn't just for kids; it's fun for the fathers as well. My son Erik and I built lots of villas, mansions, villages and squares throughout the years. Here's an impression.

Unfortunately, the lego factories management doesn't seem to realise that the power of Lego is not rebuilding an exact copy of a Harry Potter castle, but in designing yourself things with preferrably a large collecion of generic bricks and parts. The toyshops hardly sell these generic things anymore. So how do you get useful parts then? Here are some hits.

Villa, 2006

An enormous villa

Side with garden
In the door
Side
One of the many corners
At the front, the roof starts at floor-level. You can imagine a cellar underneath it.
Small building
Rear view
Between the roofs
At the back door
Roof of the yellow part
Side rear view
Sun lounge and tree

Village centre, 2006

A cosy village centre with church, cafe and disco, several houses and a fountain. Church and fountain are created by big sister Renée.

Church
Village square
Terrace at the cafe
Cafe with dancing above
White and yellow house
Church front
View from above
Alley
The tarrace continues under the dancing
Graveyard
Fountain
View over the square
Entrance

Modern villa, 2005

Beautiful modern villa with special entrance, a charactieristical roof and two roof gardens.

Rear view with roof and dormer window
Side view with roof garden
Entrance
Roof garden above the entrance

Oud-Dutch fašades, 2004

A streef of classic Dutch fašades, including, of course, the step fašade.

Overview
Step fašade
Bell fašade
Rear view
Detail yellow house

Railway station, 2004

The station was designed for the Erik's wooden railway. So it's not the lego train - we don't have that.

Overview with railway
View from the track with train
Entrance
Track detail between the buildings
Passenger at the lift

Square with gate, 2004

Another square. And finally the gate brick from the creator set proved to be useful.

Entrance and back house
Detail red house
White house. Mark that the green one next to it, only has a door with view on the square.
View from above/behind
House at the rear
Gate detail
Walker in the alley
Chit-chat time

Large symmetrical villa, 2004

Mark the beautiful window in the front.

Front view
View from above/rear
Rear view

Skateground

This was entirely built by Erik and his big sister Renée. Inspired on the popular cartoon series Rocket Power.

Madtown 1
Madtown 2
Madtown entrance

Skytower, 2004

At our visit to Canada, Erik was impressed by the CN-tower in Toronto. Here is a sqaure version.

"CN-tower"

Dead end street, 2004

Left front view
Right and rear view
Left and rear view
Right and rear view
Detail white house
Detail end of street
Blue and yellow house

Tradidional Dutch farm

Model of a traditional 'head-tail-body' farm. This type of farms can be found in the northeast of the country.

House view left
Hose view right
Stable

Small square, 2003

As my son got more useful Lego bricks the possibilities grew. Just before we built this, we'd shopped for doors, windows and roof tiles at lego.com.

White, grey and yellow house
Green, red and blue house
Rear of yellow and blue house
Rear of red house

Village square, 2003

Mark he blue house is built over another one.

Sqare 1
Square 2

Villa with tower, 2003

Please don't look at the smiley mouths on the yellow bricks. They put them in Lego creator sets.

Front
Back

Village street, 2003

Our first village. The yellow house is built partly over the blue one.

Street 1
Street 2
Street 3
Street 4
Street 5

Villa with two blue towers, 2003

By that time we dind't have many doors and windows.

Front
Rear

Debbie flat, 2003

By that time, big sister Debbie lived with her boyfriend in a flat in the Hague. On the flat was a big neon light singn 'BCC', after the electronics store that was on the first floor. I joked that there should have been 'Debbie' on that sign instead of 'BCC'. That inspired us to build a small model of the 'Debbie flat'.

Debbie flat, front
Debbie flat, rear