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2014 Mocathalon: Beth Sholom Synagogue
About this creation

Built for the 2014 Mocathalon

Category: Frank Lloyd Wright

Team: the Last Brickbenders




Beth Sholom Congregation is a Conservative synagogue located in the Philadelphia suburb of Elkins Park, Pennsylvania. It is the only synagogue designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Beth Sholom is Hebrew for House of Peace. Shaped to mirror the heights of mount Siani, the building points heavenward, with a cavernous enclave of light within.

Honestly, this synagogue has been the hardest project I've ever attempted - and it still didn't turn out how I wanted it to. The angles aren't quite right , it's a little too squashed and there's a whole host of problems. Building a triangular pyramid on top of a hexagonal base might not have been meant to be out of Lego bricks. However, due to the time constraints of the Mocathalon, it I have to move on to more creations. Not that it turned out bad, I like how it looks - just wish I could have spent some more time on it.

While it may not be an exact replica of Frank Lloyd Wright's beautiful structure, consider it a tribute to his fantastic work. Hope you all enjoy!












































One of my many reference pictures.



Thanks for looking and God bless!



Comments

 I like it 
  April 6, 2014
Incredibly made, I must say that this is definitely one of the best architecture MOCs I have seen lately. Superb work sir!
  April 5, 2014
Score = 5
 I made it 
  April 3, 2014
Quoting David FNJ Wow! Exceptional work here! Bet you breathed sigh of relief when those angles came out so well! :D
I sure did! I think it took me about an hour just to get all three of the main glass planes on!
 I like it 
  April 3, 2014
Brilliant! Fantastic recreation! --Blast--
Tim S
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Greyson Beights
  March 25, 2014
Score: 5
 I like it 
  March 25, 2014
A beautifully realized creation. Spot on!!!!
 I like it 
  March 25, 2014
That is just massive! I love that architecture! Good luck! 5:5
 I like it 
  March 24, 2014
Wow! Exceptional work here! Bet you breathed sigh of relief when those angles came out so well! :D
 I like it 
  March 24, 2014
Fascinating, what else?
 I like it 
  March 24, 2014
Well, that is just wonderful! The architecture is well put together and as for accuracy, it's right on. All the trans-black bricks really have a great effect on the whole. Simply superb.
 I like it 
  March 24, 2014
Very interesting geometry - and perfectly recreated! Great!
 I like it 
  March 24, 2014
This thing really deserves more than 5! The angles on it are phenomenal. Score: 5
 I like it 
  March 24, 2014
Wow...just wow....
 I like it 
  March 24, 2014
HUGE fan of FLW right here, this is AMAZING! The window work is absolutely ASTOUNDING! Definitely something to be proud of!
 I like it 
  March 24, 2014
excellent work, you said time was a problem well it does not show in you work.
 I made it 
  March 24, 2014
Quoting Mark McPeek Wow! That is incredible! The angles, architecture and accuracy are phenomenal! Amazing work!
Thanks Mark!
 I made it 
  March 24, 2014
Quoting Julia Lee-Papastavros Beautiful! The angles and shapes of this building are very hard to copy in Legos, but I think you did a great job.And, it is quite recognizable next to the actual building.
Thanks! It's always a challenge to pull off interesting angles in Lego!
 I made it 
  March 24, 2014
Quoting Dr. Monster Fantastic job. You must be fearless to decide to make this out of Lego.
I don't know if it was fearless or just crazy... But it's in trying to build MOC's like this that I learn the most.
 I made it 
  March 24, 2014
Quoting Matt Bace Just amazing! You have done a fantastic job recreating this very unique piece of architecture. It must have taken quite a bit of thought to figure out how to duplicate the angles of this structure.
Yup! It took a long time, and many nights sleeping on ideas to bring the structure to completion.
 I made it 
  March 24, 2014
Quoting matt rowntRee I'm speechless! You, sir, nailed Wright's design PERFECTLY! This is well deserving of what I will safely assume is a perfect score. I am highly impressed. Astonishing in every detail and technique. Well beyond outstanding!
Thanks Matt! It was both a joy and pain to build and I can imagine the engineers who had to transfer wrights design into actuality felt the same way :D
 I made it 
  March 24, 2014
Quoting Stuart Lucas What an ambitious build - and happy with it or not, this is an excellent rendition. Great job!
Thanks Stuart! I sometimes thought I was being too ambitious, but after much trail and error it finally turned out!
 I made it 
  March 24, 2014
Quoting david drake Having read a few days ago that you were working on a MOC that had triangels intersecting a hexagon, upon seeing this, I am NOT disappointed. It reminds me of some of the challenges I had when I was building skyscraper replicas. Going through all the possibilities to see which parts, constrainted by both cost and pure availability, will work to match the shape of an architectural component, ... , this is what headaches are made up of. Like, I was noticing that you built the 6 glass walls upside down, and I was thinking, "why would he do that?". Then I noticed that the walls' bases have a row of cheese slopes that allow the seam to be as smooth as possible. I can't imagine what a convoluted assortment of hinges, turn tables, rubber-bands, string, wire, and paper clips are all inside of this thing to hold each wall higher than the base walls together. And, scrolling down to the last 2 pics, you're too critical of your building, you NAILED this one. Anyone that knows the synagogue will immediately recognize this masterpiece.
Thank you so much David! This was by far the most difficult MOC I have ever attempted. I spent hours just trying to attach the three glass panes without them falling off. I was close to giving up on a couple of occasions, but then it all came together! If you're wondering what's in the inside, it's an ugly technic structure that manages to keep everything in place.
 I made it 
  March 24, 2014
Quoting clayton Marchetti Fantastic job! Those are some serious angles and it looks perfect. I just love how you did the windows. Amazing work!
Thank goodness my lego store had trans black bricks on the wall :D
 I made it 
  March 24, 2014
Quoting Matthew Oh Score = 5. You sir, have proven yourself to be a very talented builder, I look forward to more entries, and creations in the future!
Thanks for the score Matt! I have a few interesting ideas lined up for the remainder of the contest that I'm looking forward to building!
 I made it 
  March 24, 2014
Quoting Justin L. Can't believe you're criticizing yourself on this. The shape is great and looks almost identical to the real thing!
I guess it's always the builder who's the most critical - I'm the one who sees all the gaps and such :p Glad you liked it though!
 I made it 
  March 24, 2014
Quoting Starscream Soundwave Wow. That is superb. It looks so clean, which is very impressive looking at those angles. Magnificent work!
Thanks!
 I made it 
  March 24, 2014
Quoting Antonio Migliardi I love this kind of mod and yours is simply incredible *.*
Thanks! I've never tried an architecture style MOC before, and it turned out well!
 I made it 
  March 24, 2014
Quoting Kevin Moyer Wow! That is impressive! All those angles! I expect to see some fives on this...
Yup, those angles XD I hope the pain of its construction will garner some fives as well!
 I made it 
  March 24, 2014
Quoting Anthony Wilson I`m so skrewed.
You can only get better with practice! I never would have attempted this when I first started building!
 I like it 
  March 24, 2014
Fantastic job. You must be fearless to decide to make this out of Lego.
 I like it 
  March 24, 2014
What an excellent rendition of this over-complicated building! Congratulations!
 I like it 
  March 24, 2014
I don't think I would ever even attempt such a complex build. You did an excellent job!
 I like it 
  March 24, 2014
What an ambitious build - and happy with it or not, this is an excellent rendition. Great job!
 I like it 
  March 24, 2014
Great angling! The Trans black looks awesome here as well!
 I like it 
  March 24, 2014
I am beyond speechless. This is high end work. I don't need to say more. Wow!
 I like it 
  March 24, 2014
Crazy! Wonderful job on replicating this epic design. Wow
 I like it 
  March 24, 2014
I'm speechless! You, sir, nailed Wright's design PERFECTLY! This is well deserving of what I will safely assume is a perfect score. I am highly impressed. Astonishing in every detail and technique. Well beyond outstanding!
 I like it 
  March 24, 2014
Cool!
 I like it 
  March 23, 2014
Just amazing! You have done a fantastic job recreating this very unique piece of architecture. It must have taken quite a bit of thought to figure out how to duplicate the angles of this structure.
 I like it 
  March 23, 2014
Wow! These are some crazy angles you got there. This is sweet!
  March 23, 2014
Beautiful! The angles and shapes of this building are very hard to copy in Legos, but I think you did a great job.And, it is quite recognizable next to the actual building.
 I like it 
  March 23, 2014
The angles on that thing are INSANE! Score of 5 ~ Chris.
 I like it 
  March 23, 2014
Wow! That is incredible! The angles, architecture and accuracy are phenomenal! Amazing work!
 I like it 
  March 23, 2014
Wonderful execution! Nothing to be disappointed about at all.
 I like it 
  March 23, 2014
Excellent build! Lots of tough angles to deal with, but you really nailed it. Well done!
 I like it 
  March 23, 2014
Having read a few days ago that you were working on a MOC that had triangels intersecting a hexagon, upon seeing this, I am NOT disappointed. It reminds me of some of the challenges I had when I was building skyscraper replicas. Going through all the possibilities to see which parts, constrainted by both cost and pure availability, will work to match the shape of an architectural component, ... , this is what headaches are made up of. Like, I was noticing that you built the 6 glass walls upside down, and I was thinking, "why would he do that?". Then I noticed that the walls' bases have a row of cheese slopes that allow the seam to be as smooth as possible. I can't imagine what a convoluted assortment of hinges, turn tables, rubber-bands, string, wire, and paper clips are all inside of this thing to hold each wall higher than the base walls together. And, scrolling down to the last 2 pics, you're too critical of your building, you NAILED this one. Anyone that knows the synagogue will immediately recognize this masterpiece.
 I like it 
  March 23, 2014
Wow!
 I like it 
  March 23, 2014
Fantastic job! Those are some serious angles and it looks perfect. I just love how you did the windows. Amazing work!
 I like it 
  March 23, 2014
Score = 5. You sir, have proven yourself to be a very talented builder, I look forward to more entries, and creations in the future!
 I like it 
  March 23, 2014
That... Is amazing.
 I like it 
  March 23, 2014
Can't believe you're criticizing yourself on this. The shape is great and looks almost identical to the real thing!
 I like it 
  March 23, 2014
Wow. That is superb. It looks so clean, which is very impressive looking at those angles. Magnificent work!
 I like it 
  March 23, 2014
I love this kind of mod and yours is simply incredible *.*
 I like it 
  March 23, 2014
Wow! That is impressive! All those angles! I expect to see some fives on this...
  March 23, 2014
I`m so skrewed.
 
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