A 24-stud wide building, housing a bargain bookstore at street level and a pair of flats upstairs.
About this creation
Right, this building was intended to go along with another building that is off-set with eight studs, give or take. That is why it is 24 studs wide. It is also an experiment for me in packing stuff into as little space as possible, and in hindsight (I designed this over about a year ago) I see possibilites for improvements that will be incorporated in the real thing. But for now, the virtual as-is will have to do.
BTW; Architects, excuse me for my weird lingo here. I'm myself not an architect, and as such haven't got the faintest idea of what everything might be called. Suggestions for improvements, both in language and of the design, are welcome, though.
Right, the straight-front view. Here I'd like to highlight the entrance. This is, along with the flowers, inspired by a building in Strömstad that uses a similar style for its entrances. I also wanted it to look different from the entrances used in other buildings, and as such the doors are essentially the right and left walls in the opening, with the shop's main window acting as the inner wall.
The ground-floor facade also acts as the base for the design for the rest of the facade, with the ground-level arch having the same width as the central window-column going up the building, instead of having the ground-floor breaking up the general facade as is often normal.
The backside is nowhere as elobarte as the front, but since the bookstore has a back-side entrance, the building bulges out and I couldn't quite figure out what to do with it. So I gave the flats a terrace each. Not the most elegant approach, IMO, but I doesn't look too bad. But I'm not satisfied enough with it to keep it when/if I build it, so this section will be remodelled when it's built.
The front of the ground floor is what I'm by far most pleased with, and I think it looks really nice. The entrance that goes to the stairs leading up to the flats can clearly be seen here. Still, the stairs occupy some floor space can could be used by the store, so a redesign is imminent. The plan is to use slopes to mimic the way stairs where integrated in older buildings, using the space more efficiently. So the entire reason for the store having the "bulge" in the first place might be eliminated.
Unlike the upper two floors, which are just plain open, a'la Café Corner, the ground floor has an actual floor plan. As mentioned above, I'm planning to completely redo the underside of those stairs, so instead of eating a large chunk of floor-space from the bookstore, neatly go above it, leaving the space beneath empty for the bookstore to use. Since the stairs intrude at a fair height, I don't see any problems arising from the remodelling.
Obviously, the bookstore's interior will also be shuffled around, the cashier desk replaced with a smaller one and moved closer to the door, freeing up valuable space for bookshelves and books.
* Updated, 25-04/09: Attached MLCAD .ldr-file for this.
This may well be the only Cafe Corner Compatible building available as a download-able Ldraw file on the web anywhere where!! I know because I did a number of searches. I was able to download and open it, after a I found a few extra parts and downloaded them. Please add this MOC (and your Barber's and Baker's Building) to the Modular Houses (Cafe Corner) Group.