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The Coke Building
A townhouse and coffee shop
About this creation
This building was constructed in 2007 for the National Model Railroad Association show in Detroit and highlights a number of my design philosophies for creating small buildings for display in a train layout.



How the building received its name seems self-explanatory. Note the ATM machine which helps to break up the lower blank wall.





The building's foundation is raised one brick in order for it to be compatible with the train layout roadplates.








I learned this technique for creating the white window panes with the help of round vertical columns from Jim Garrett's Neoclassical Bank Building






The upper floors can be removed to expose the inside of the coffee shop.

Note the black inner walls on the gray townhouse side. This prevents light from passing through the building and giving a hollow empty appearance.



Rooftop details.





Inside the coffee shop with classic checkerboard tile floor. With buildings featuring large first floor windows, I try to provide a furnished interior.






This view shows the upper floors of the coffee shop removed. I don't like line-of-sight views that reveal missing floors in buildings (this seems common in model train building kits), so I have added some simple interior walls and floors. I will use a light color for these surfaces, in this case white, to add a degree of brightness to the inside.


One final look. I don't use bright primary Lego colors (red, blue, yellow, etc) for the main structures of my buildings. Instead, I use earthtones and then use primary bright colors for highlights and accents. In this case the red/white color scheme of the coffee shop.



Comments

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  January 23, 2011
The coffee shop very Edward Harperish and well done. I agree the coke (tm) sign is the bomb!! I am adding you to my favorites list!!! Great work!
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  January 23, 2011
The coffee shop very Edward Harperish and well done. I agree the coke (tm) sign is the bomb!! I am adding you to my favorites list!!! Great work!
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  July 1, 2009
Fantastic work! the coke sign is pure genius!!
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  April 12, 2009
Awesome Man!!!!!
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  January 6, 2009
great build the coffee shop is just so... wish I'd used tan with d/orange on one of my builds they work so well together. like the interior detail too.
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  January 5, 2009
Just fantastic! As clean as any MOC I've ever seen. Great mural, great interior details. Love it, Spencer!!!
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  January 5, 2009
Fantastic building! Love the ATM!
Spencer  R.
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Heather LEGO Girl
  December 31, 2008
This building is fantastic! I love the coffee shop the most. The fact that you've added interior is just icing on the cake!
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  December 31, 2008
I'm impressed! The mural is fantastic, and the interior lighting just makes this work of art even more enjoyable and realistic. Well done!
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  December 31, 2008
This is a work of beauty! The deatail is absolutely wonderful as well as the building techniques used. You did a fantastic job with this one.
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  December 30, 2008
this is awesome! i wish i could build buildings like this!
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  December 30, 2008
High quality MOC my friend, the mosaic on the back is perfect. Great MOC.
 
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