One of the most famous buildings in Zagreb, Croatia
About this creation
This is an historic building designed at the end of 19th century by two Viennese architects' - Hellmer and Fellmer. These are the same architects that designed the Croatian National Theater in Zagreb, MOC as presented here by my friend Matija Puzar. It is an odd coincidence, but we met after we decided to make these two models - it wasn't planned that way and we even share the same first name. ;) We hope to see both models on the same exhibition one day.
The building was ceremoniously opened on 15th December 1898. For more information on the building visit its webpage.
I decided to build it out of LEGO bricks during the Summer of 2007. I began to look into it later the same year. First I took some pictures, and got hold of blueprints copies from Zagreb National Archive. I planned it and bought bricks from all around the world for about a year. During the year I bought most of needed bricks, and built the front portal and some variations of walls and roof. From November 2008. 'till now I've built it more intensively and now finally finished it. Altogether several hundred hours of work have gone into it.
The building is around 150 cm (60 inch) long, 85 cm (33 inch) wide and 90 cm (35 inch) high. It is in approximately 1:37 scale, or minifig scale if you talk LEGO. It contains around 25,000 LEGO bricks. The model is entirely pure LEGO. It is 192 studs long and 144 studs wide.
It will be displayed at BrickWorld, Chicago this year (June, 2009). Later this year in December it'll be displayed in "Tehnicki Muzej", Zagreb on exhibition about plastic.
When I decided to build it, it was already under restoration so unfortunately I don't have my own pictures of the building. Pictures I (originally) took, to view some of the details, aren't quite nice to show here for an example, because building was already covered with construction scaffolding and is still today. So pictures shown here aren't mine, but took from various sources from the web. If you find any of these pictures copyrighted please let me know, and I will remove them right away.
I don't even know where to start. This is an amazing creation in itself. I am amazed that this creation traveled from Croatia all the way to the Chicago area for display at Brickworld. I can not even begin to think of how difficult that would be. Not only the size of this creation amazes me, but the accurate details seen throughout the whole creation like the detail and complexity of the roof. in conclusion this is one of the most true to life Lego creations I have ever seen. Great job!
I saw this MOC at Brickworld. Amazing that Matija got it all the way to Chicago. Even more amazing to see it in person. The level of detail, the incredible way he fit the parts for the roof... a stunning build.
(I voted for you!!)
This piece of art is more impressive when it's right in front of you than in the photos -- and it's impressive in the photos! Glad you had a great time (eventually I'll get my photos up on flickr). Hope your trip home was uneventful!
Hello Matija, Your Croatian Theater is brilliant! With great details like the statues at the entry. How did you make the curved window shape at the top of the main tower? An excellent way to display Croation architecture.
my god!! i've seen it in real life at least 20 times during construction..and I can say it is really a piece of engineering ingenuity, but it also looks fine..lol..little bit more than fine..amazing is more appropriate word..
Quoting Bill Toenjes
...all of the curved sloped roofs you've managed to create with no (apparent) cut plates...
No apparent, and none what soever. No bricks were harmed during the construction. ;) And roofs have lots of swivel hinges. That is the trick for the curve. You'll see it at BW. Thanks for the comment! Cya
Amazing! I'm particularly impressed with the ways all the roofs are constructed... all of the curved sloped roofs you've managed to create with no (apparent) cut plates. I'm really looking forward to seeing this close up at BrickWorld!
A really great building. All the roof parts look superb. I love the yellow color. It just never seems right until someone does something like this. Your building makes me want to build a building in yellow. The original building seems to be yellow in color, which is not common around here. It looks like a cool building, nice to see they are fixing it up. see ya. garth