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Schroder House
A minifig scale model of Gerrit Rietveld's masterpiece, built in Utrecht, Holland, in 1924.
About this creation

EDIT : An updated version with a better garden can be found here.

I've wanted to build this for a long time. Sited on the end of an innocuous terrace, it's an explosion of creativity that's now a UNESCO World Heritage site.



It was built for a Mrs Schroder, a young widow with three young children and it proved to be a highly flexible and habitable family house. Mrs Schroder lived there for the next 60 years, until her death in 1985. It's probably safe to assume she liked it. It's now a museum.



My first thought on interpreting this was to do it in the same scale as my Doll's House , but I soon realized it would become something of a SHIP, so I changed tack and did it minifig scale.

I'll shut up for a bit (yay!) and let some detail pics do the talking...



















Builder Nick in landscaping shock.... finally got some green! (yeah, I can't shut up for long...)



Those half pins you can see are holding on the upside down tiles that form the top of the upper window frames.



Upstairs, it's all one big open space, apart from the bathroom.



That piano is a little big, but I couldn't resist. The chair is an interpretation of Rietveld's famous yellow/red/blue chair, without the yellow...



Living area with funky sofa...



The walls are moving...



To form a living room and three bedrooms with the folding screens closed.



Downstairs, the plan is more conventional, divided into a kitchen, toilet, hallway, bedroom, studio, reading room and workroom. This was done to satisfy Dutch building regulations at the time.



Rietveld at work in the studio - the painting is Yellow/Red/Blue by Wassily Kandinsky, a friend of his who taught at the Bauhaus, which Rietveld visited often. The colours he used in the house come from Piet Mondrian's paintings. Since the Lego yellow, red and blue shades match perfectly, perhaps Lego did the same...



The spiral staircase in the centre of the house...



Shown here with upper floor module and roof removed...



... which slot back together nicely. When I was researching this build, I came across this by Jan-Albert van Ree and was deeply impressed. I deliberately didn't refer back to it until I completed mine, but it's overall look was an influence.



That funky (possibly..) furniture.



And the minifig scale grand piano. The lid does close, but I like it open.



Play us out, Mrs S.!





Comments

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  April 29, 2014
Great job on the Schroder House. I researched this in school and you nailed it. I hope to recreate it someday as well. Great work on your other projects. Check out my page and let me know what you think. Thanks.
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  March 17, 2014
I needed some inspiration. Your wonderful build provided it. Thanks.
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  February 28, 2014
COOL
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  February 15, 2014
Killer build yo, do you have a real world pic for comparison?
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  February 15, 2014
Quoting Centraal Museum Great! Please contact us whenever you visit Utrecht, we'll be happy to give you a tour in the Rietveld Schröder House. (Centraal Museum in Utrecht maintains and restores the house, and organises guided visits.)
Thankyou very much indeed. I'll take you up on that!
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  February 14, 2014
Great! Please contact us whenever you visit Utrecht, we'll be happy to give you a tour in the Rietveld Schröder House. (Centraal Museum in Utrecht maintains and restores the house, and organises guided visits.)
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  February 14, 2014
Quoting Martijn van Es Hi, I tweeted this yesterday, and a lot of people in my home town of Utrecht are retweeting it, including the Central Museum, owner of the Rietveld-Schröder House. https://twitter.com/CentraalMuseum/status/433912244384980993
That's great! Thanks Martijn.
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  February 14, 2014
It's superb!! 5/5
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  February 13, 2014
Hi, I tweeted this yesterday, and a lot of people in my home town of Utrecht are retweeting it, including the Central Museum, owner of the Rietveld-Schröder House. https://twitter.com/CentraalMuseum/status/433912244384980993
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  January 31, 2014
Excellent! As said before "absolutely incredible, I'm speechless" but I can still type! LOL
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  November 25, 2013
absolutely incredible, I'm speechless
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  November 15, 2013
is. piano. genius. That. ... re-arrange.
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  November 15, 2013
Quoting david drake wow man, there are so many innovative design techniques you used in this house: the railings made out of black tubes - did you put rigid wire inside of the tubes to get them to hold those shapes; the chairs made of lil' bitty parts are very sleek looking; the windows with the color stripes in between them look like a design nightmare ordeal you worked through, spiral stairs, and wow oh wow, the fold-up rooms! Stellar!
Thanks a lot David, glad you enjoy my stuff. Those tubes for railings hold their shape without wire thanks to a little heat when I was bending them.
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  November 14, 2013
wow man, there are so many innovative design techniques you used in this house: the railings made out of black tubes - did you put rigid wire inside of the tubes to get them to hold those shapes; the chairs made of lil' bitty parts are very sleek looking; the windows with the color stripes in between them look like a design nightmare ordeal you worked through, spiral stairs, and wow oh wow, the fold-up rooms! Stellar!
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  August 27, 2013
Beautiful. "Abstract" comes to mind (in a good way)!
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  August 14, 2013
...maybe one more for sale? I like it.
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  June 19, 2013
Quoting Loek Marcus Hey Nick; guess what! Rietveld's Schroder house is now available at a collectors item coin in Holland! I bought one (it's also a honour to our new king), and I compared the house on the coin with your LEGO version. Now I love your house even more!
Thanks Loek, that's really cool!
  June 19, 2013
Hey Nick; guess what! Rietveld's Schroder house is now available at a collectors item coin in Holland! I bought one (it's also a honour to our new king), and I compared the house on the coin with your LEGO version. Now I love your house even more!
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  June 13, 2013
Man I love the piano! I had intended to make one of these to put in the great hall of my mansion and forgot. You have given me inspiration to do so. Cheers!! Great build by the way! Awesome...
  June 2, 2013
I made it Nick Pascale June 2, 2013 Quoting Nick Barrett Nice - a man for all seasons! Nick, I appreciated your comment so much I thought about it all day and I redid the banner to have the tagline: A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS! thanks! I gave you credit in the intro! ( Delete | Edit )
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  May 23, 2013
Although the outer is special the interior made this awesome!
Nick Barrett
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Chris Melby
  December 20, 2012
Nick, I have a piece of architecture I'm about ready to post, just wanted to let you know, I am using this Piano for inspiration. Love it! Z
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  December 8, 2012
The most popular of yours and it is cool indeed. The piano is geniusly made! And the staircase,,, I never thought you could build soooo well in these themes too!
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  December 3, 2012
I haven t been able to comment when I first saw this...awesomely amazing real house! it s just...fabulous nick!!! and to learn about it s history, it s just awesome!
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  November 30, 2012
This is awesome! I think that piano is my favorite part. :D
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  October 22, 2012
How did I miss that? This is fantastic! As a (former) architect, I'm always amazed at this kind of work. Everything is so cool, but what really cracks me up : the folding walls (that actually LEAVE SOME ROOM when folded...), the SNOT work in general (the primary colors railings...), and the furniture (the classic chair is perfect). Please build some more! --Tom--
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  October 4, 2012
I normally give a big long comment on every thing, especially something with a lot of detail. But this has left me speechless (mostly) which is very hard to do. 50 out of 5!
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  October 4, 2012
Fantastic build(ing)! Good to the very last brick !!!
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  September 15, 2012
amazing!!
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  August 27, 2012
Fantastic build, very impressive.
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  July 10, 2012
Quoting Jan-Albert van Ree Wow what an awesome model! Love your interior, loads of wonderful details.
Thankyou Jan-Albert. I'm glad we were both able to do this great house justice.
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  July 6, 2012
Wow what an awesome model! Love your interior, loads of wonderful details.
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  June 27, 2012
ravishingly beautiful!
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  June 21, 2012
only one word: Masterpiece !
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  June 17, 2012
With wheels or without wheels you are really good builder :) Congratulations
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  June 15, 2012
Fantastic! Great details!
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  June 13, 2012
Wow! Nick so sorry I missed this. Its fantastic - just like a Mondrian painting, but in house form. Love the colours, design and the movable walls. Excellent stuff my friend :D.
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  June 13, 2012
Quoting Lego Builders 100th like! ;-) -LB Jr.
:-))) Thanks, LBJ!
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  June 13, 2012
100th like! ;-) -LB Jr.
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  June 13, 2012
Quoting George Ettershank I like the outside but you should make it bigger and more spacious. Also don't make it SO colorful on the inside. But I REALLY like the chairs and piano. Also make a cool garden or something with a pool. It would really improve it.
It's exactly as Gerrit Rietveld built it, colours and all.
Nick Barrett
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Chris Melby
  June 12, 2012
Ah man you're riding the wave now, congrats on the success of this MOC! You deserve it, its killer! Chris
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  June 12, 2012
I like the outside but you should make it bigger and more spacious. Also don't make it SO colorful on the inside. But I REALLY like the chairs and piano. Also make a cool garden or something with a pool. It would really improve it.
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  June 12, 2012
nice house.I love the details.my favorite part is the piano.
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  June 12, 2012
Beautiful!
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  June 12, 2012
Oh god...I wish this was mine!
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  June 12, 2012
Quoting Chris Melby Ah man you're riding the wave now, congrats on the success of this MOC! You deserve it, its killer! Chris
Thanks again Chris. I'm glad so many seem to like it :-)
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  June 11, 2012
Beautiful house with lots of cool details. The interior is just as good as the exterior. It's nice to see some love for a Dutch artist.
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  June 8, 2012
That's one beautiful surprise from you there I love this. I love the real building also and the way Mr Rietveld does his projects. This is a very true rendition of the house. You even bothered to do details here and if I had money I'd certainly buy this from you
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  June 7, 2012
Wait, where's the car? Excellent work, Nick! Some impressive interior details, but the outside is bang-on. Well done!
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  June 7, 2012
Lovely house! The piano is excellent:)
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  June 5, 2012
Great house! If i had a house like that i'd stay until i was carried out too :-D Excellent work on that interior - and the piano. I don't know the particular house but the outside looks really nice too, cool effect with those rails on the balcony.
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  June 5, 2012
Fantastic!
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  June 5, 2012
An excellent build! Everything fits together nicely. I don't think the piano is too big. A piano like that is big, in every house! Great, great, great! Greetz, Elio
Nick Barrett
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Chris Melby
  June 4, 2012
Nick, I was just checking this out again, I think it is KILLER! I am getting a house in the works now along these lines, although I will admit, I am having a lot more fun these days designing my own. I want to focus on some of the details you have like the piano, if I use them, I'll be sure to give credit to you, again, awesome piece here! Chris
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  June 4, 2012
The house is superb in design and build.
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  June 4, 2012
Nick, wonderful work as always! I'm really liking your architecture "series," and that grand piano is perfect. Fantastic!
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  June 4, 2012
Such a brilliant piece of real AND Lego architecture! I really like how all the funky colors pop out from the white walls and black structural bits. And all that green was a worthy investment I see, cuz those bushes and grasses look mighty fine.
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  June 4, 2012
This is a beautiful interpretation of a beautifull house. Rietveld is certainly one of my favorit designers/architects. I truly love your build. You achieve a very fine combo of your destinguished 'old school' style, and a blend of 'modern lego' parts. Excellent work, thanks for sharing (and Jan Albert Van Ree's :-) )
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  June 4, 2012
Quoting Chris Melby Nick, I was just checking this out again, I think it is KILLER! I am getting a house in the works now along these lines, although I will admit, I am having a lot more fun these days designing my own. I want to focus on some of the details you have like the piano, if I use them, I'll be sure to give credit to you, again, awesome piece here! Chris
Thanks Chris. You're more than welcome. Have fun!
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  June 4, 2012
Quoting DeTomaso Pantera What a lovely piece of LEGOtechture! I love it, the iterior details are lovely especially the chairs and piano. I must try my hand at LEGO architecture it looks like great fun! Keep it up Nick I love te versatility of your building skills! I was contacted by BBC Springwatch today, there's a good chance they will be featured on the Unsprung show :-) Not sure if you've seen this already?... http://www.itv.com/news/west/update/2012-05-25/the-man-who-builds-birds-out-of-lego/
Thanks Tom. Love the interview. I'd urge anyone reading this to support Tom's British Bird project on Cuusoo - they are fantastic builds. Find it here: http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/16897
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  June 4, 2012
Nice Job on the House! But the figs could use some work.
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  June 4, 2012
What a lovely piece of LEGOtechture! I love it, the iterior details are lovely especially the chairs and piano. I must try my hand at LEGO architecture it looks like great fun! Keep it up Nick I love te versatility of your building skills! I was contacted by BBC Springwatch today, there's a good chance they will be featured on the Unsprung show :-) Not sure if you've seen this already?... http://www.itv.com/news/west/update/2012-05-25/the-man-who-builds-birds-out-of-lego/
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  June 4, 2012
Beautiful!
Nick Barrett
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Chris Melby
  June 3, 2012
Nick, this is absolutely fantastic, the choice of colors, interior detail, and the removable access, Awesome! 100/100!
Nick Barrett
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White Knight
  June 3, 2012
Great lego, and love that piano !!>>.....well done
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  June 3, 2012
Very nice with a lot of aesthetically pleasing features.
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  June 3, 2012
Very nice with a lot of aesthetically pleasing features.
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  June 3, 2012
This is such a clean buld1!! I love it!!!!
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  June 3, 2012
very good the chair and piano are brilliant overall a very good build 5/5
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  June 3, 2012
It's a thing of beauty!
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  June 3, 2012
Fantastic in all aspects, I really really love this. I always wonder why there are so few modern architecture MOCs in minifig scale - there can't be anything more Lego-ish than this! I like the version of Jan-Albert van Ree, too, but you have even done a better job. Awesome details and furniture, even the famous red and blue chair! Piano is stunning, too. If I were a minifig, I'd badly want to live there ... ;-)
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  June 3, 2012
Excellent piano!
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  June 3, 2012
Quoting Martin Swan Having lived in Utrecht for about 30 years I can confirm this is a wonderful and true replication of this house. You've done a great job Nick! I would just like to make a small critical comment. Nowadays the Schroeder House is completely misplaced next to a highway and the garden is a mess (due to lack of funds, which is to blame the city of Utrecht). I suggest to alter the garden to some sort of a minimalist (Japanese-like) layout. This would be more true to the ideas of Gerrit Rietveld. But again: you've done a really great job!
Thanks Martin. I'm glad of the input from someone who knows this house so well. It's a pity about the highway in front of it (built in the 1960s, I believe) and it's current neglect: I used recent photos of it's landscape to work from; but I think your suggestion would work well.
  June 3, 2012
Having lived in Utrecht for about 30 years I can confirm this is a wonderful and true replication of this house. You've done a great job Nick! I would just like to make a small critical comment. Nowadays the Schroeder House is completely misplaced next to a highway and the garden is a mess (due to lack of funds, which is to blame the city of Utrecht). I suggest to alter the garden to some sort of a minimalist (Japanese-like) layout. This would be more true to the ideas of Gerrit Rietveld. But again: you've done a really great job!
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  June 3, 2012
SICK!! Awesome work! And that piano is the very best one I've see ANYWHERE!
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  June 3, 2012
Wow! Brilliant! I haven't been there myself, but I can tell that the details are spot on. 5/5
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  June 3, 2012
Hi Nick! It's excellent! You made it very well! I like the barriers and the interior. Your furniture are very clever, especially the piano. Great work!
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  June 3, 2012
Great build
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  June 3, 2012
Quoting Marc dZ One question: Does the design from the 20's explain why there's no place or room for any car?
Thanks Marc. There was a garage, built in the traditional way and separate from the house. I do hope a Citroen lived there :-)
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  June 3, 2012
Quoting Parrington Levens hahaha, so in truth, that modern minimalist architecture style has actually been around since the 20's?
Even earlier than that. Google 1910 Steiner House and be surprised! Thanks Parrington.
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  June 3, 2012
Quoting Ru Corder Very cool, I love how you used the flexi tubes.
Thanks Ru. It just took a little heat to get them to stay put.
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  June 3, 2012
Quoting Matija Grguric Lovely! I like the red and blue chair the most! :)
An endorsement from the master! Thanks Matija :-)
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  June 3, 2012
OMG!!! This is a masterpiece. You used so many brilliant technics to achieve this one. Both inside and outside are jaw-dropping! One question: Does the design from the 20's explain why there's no place or room for any car?
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  June 3, 2012
hahaha, so in truth, that modern minimalist architecture style has actually been around since the 20's? Awesome! Hey great break from cars, this thing is off the scale fun to look at, particularly inside...
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  June 3, 2012
This is epic!So many details inside and outside and...Lets say,that its more than brilliant!:-)Can't wait to see your Jag:)
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  June 3, 2012
Tina Turner said it, simply the best.
Nick Barrett
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kenneth rattledge
  June 2, 2012
I do not know about the original house, but I love this, great detailing, nicely done.
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  June 2, 2012
This is cool. I like how you made the railings.
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  June 2, 2012
Very cool, I love how you used the flexi tubes.
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  June 2, 2012
Wow! Very creative, and functional.! 5 smileys from me! :D And everybody else, I hope.
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  June 2, 2012
lovely.
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  June 2, 2012
Awesome stuff! The interior is amazing, especially the piano.
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  June 2, 2012
Lovely! I like the red and blue chair the most! :)
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  June 2, 2012
Oh my... this is lovely, Nick! Love the use of the little Dutch girl and the Belville cyprus tree too.
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  June 2, 2012
So great! I like the piano so much!
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  June 2, 2012
Quoting Lego Builders Oooo...that piano is brilliant! How's your Jag coming along? I can see you're distracted by doll houses. ;-) -LB Jr.
Jag next, distractions permitting... Thanks LBJ!
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  June 2, 2012
There are some incredible details here, like the folding walls and the spiral staircase. Nice job!
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  June 2, 2012
Oooo...that piano is brilliant! How's your Jag coming along? I can see you're distracted by doll houses. ;-) -LB Jr.
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  June 2, 2012
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist Man, seems like everyone has one of those cypress trees these days!
Haha! Yeah, there's just no resisting it, is there ?
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  June 2, 2012
Man, seems like everyone has one of those cypress trees these days! Anyway, superb work! The exterior and interior are equally masterful, and I like the folding walls. The whole design is very interesting and must have taken a while to build, and it looks great. Phenomenal job!
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  June 2, 2012
Great MOC!. I didn't know the original house - very interesting. I think you matched the style pretty accurate.
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  June 2, 2012
Quoting Tom Simon Lovely subject and execution Nick. Yes, I also was in shock when I saw the greenery. No need to stiffle youself though. I'll soak up your commentary any time. ;^} (if you want to avoid showing those half pins, just get some bricks with 1 side stud at some point. I know, I know. Your to get list is already as long as everyone else's ...)
Hi Tom. Always good to hear from you :-). Yes, that to-buy list gets ever longer...
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  June 2, 2012
excellent job all around!
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  June 2, 2012
Lovely subject and execution Nick. Yes, I also was in shock when I saw the greenery. No need to stiffle youself though. I'll soak up your commentary any time. ;^} (if you want to avoid showing those half pins, just get some bricks with 1 side stud at some point. I know, I know. Your to get list is already as long as everyone else's ...)
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  June 2, 2012
Quoting Henrik Hoexbroe This is seriously cool!!! In my opinion this is your bestest MOC yet! ;-) -Maybe because you have largely done away with the studs... (tsk, tsk) This is also a nice homage to the fantastic prototype. I wouldnt have thought it was from 1924; It looks so modern even today! I like the colours and style of the outside, but was quite surprised (pleasantly) to see a complete and FUNCTIONAL interior! It´s great to see such development in a Lego-builder from MOC to MOC.
Thanks Henrik. I do feel my house-building developed considerably with this one, but don't worry, I haven't abandoned the studs... :-)
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  June 2, 2012
Quoting Ape Fight The best house on MOCpages. Truly incredible. And Lego as a medium suits it beautifully. 10/10 A Hauff House next? (Probably spelt wrong!)
Thanks Ape. Huf Haus next, possibly, when I can bear to take this apart...
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  June 2, 2012
Xtroadanary house! Looks really good and I like the piano. I knew you was working on anew project ;)
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  June 2, 2012
This is seriously cool!!! In my opinion this is your bestest MOC yet! ;-) -Maybe because you have largely done away with the studs... (tsk, tsk) This is also a nice homage to the fantastic prototype. I wouldnt have thought it was from 1924; It looks so modern even today! I like the colours and style of the outside, but was quite surprised (pleasantly) to see a complete and FUNCTIONAL interior! It´s great to see such development in a Lego-builder from MOC to MOC.
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  June 2, 2012
The best house on MOCpages. Truly incredible. And Lego as a medium suits it beautifully. 10/10 A Hauff House next? (Probably spelt wrong!)
 
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