Art Pavilion - Umjetnicki Paviljon - Zagreb . One of the most famous buildings in Zagreb, Croatia . 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 would like to thank those who helped and supported me: Klementina Kos, Marin Stipkovic, Luka Kapeter, Matija Puzar (for engraving me bricks for the building name), Hrvoje Cop (for loaning me his Nikon D700), my Mum (for surviving the mess) and all Kockice members for their encouragement.