The Blue Cottage

The Blue Cottage

My latest creation is a rural house that joins my series of weird houses I have built in the last two years.
My goal was to build a cozy country house featuring three new elements: an uncommon color scheme, a shape I hadn’t used before and an unconventional doors/windows shape.
The main feature is probably the asymmetrical roof with a very sloping shape to the left. The woodshed is located under the excess roof.
The uncommon blue/black color combo is simple but effective, and the yellow trees  in the background match well. Last but not least the door and windows are round, a shape never seen on a cottage but quite common in Hobbit Houses.
The host, who is coming home from a hunting trip, has a nice off-road vehicle painted with a color scheme matching with the cottage.
It was very funny building the “long sloping  roof” structure and trying to add a few weird details. I also played with the light to let the scene as deep as possible. Hope you like it!

“In many parts of the world, if you’ve been following COVID safety protocols correctly, you may be itching to get out of the house right about now. Thankfully there is such a thing as contact-free check-in and this cottage may have the cure for what ails us. Is it called cabin fever when you want to leave the house to stay in a cabin? Whatever it’s called, Andrea Lattanzio’s stunning blue LEGO cottage is a sight for sore eyes. The round door and windows, the woodpile under the eave, and the weathered ramshackle texture make this a cottage I’d love to stay at for a weekend or even a month. The fall leaves, the skylights, the birdhouse, and even the mushrooms out front make for a picturesque vacation setting. I can even forgive the skunk for paying a visit. They don’t spray when you treat them with respect and I’m willing to respect the skunk and all the other woodland creatures for a stay in this cottage. Andrea was The Brothers Brick Builder of the Year in 2019 for good reason. Check out our archives to see what else Andrea Lattanzio has been up to.“

(A blue cottage to stave off those COVID blues  The Brothers Brick – February 25, 2021)

Don’t mess with the Black Bear!

Don’t mess with the Black Bear!

One of the characters from my Stilt Houses (which I presented last November) seems to have gone to a dangerous area with a very hungry black bear ready to defend his territory…
Better to escape and take shelter on the Stilt Houses. But beware of that crumbling bridge!
I was looking for a setting for the off-road vehicle that was featured in my Stilt Houses last November and I came up with the idea of creating an ironic scene with some construction techniques that I had never used, such as the rocks made of many bluish gray slopes and inverted slopes.
The crumbling bridge recall the one I built for the Stilt Houses, but is longer and wider.
I really like the entire scene and hope you like it!

Santa’s Cabin

Santa’s Cabin

As usual in this period it’s time for a Christmas themed creation and this is a cozy shelter for Santa Claus and his reindeer. Speaking of the brand new reindeer, it’s really cute!
The house is a typical A-frame cabin, a kind of cottage I do really like. You probably remember my previous A-frame Cabin in a typical fall setting. Santa’s A-Frame features many new details and touches than the previous one even if has the same size and shape.

This is probably my last MOC for this year and I wish you all Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! (hoping that it will be better than 2020)

Stilt Houses: how to live 30 feet in the air!

Stilt Houses: how to live 30 feet in the air!

Partially inspired by the films of the masterful animation filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki – I’m not actually referring to a particular film but rather its unique style and atmospheres – my latest creation features two weird guys living 30 feet in the air in minimal but cozy stilt houses.
The starting point for this work was the tent on the right stilt house, a very strange and forgotten element from a mid-2000s Indiana Jones set.
At first I was thinking of a single pile dwelling then I added the second on the left joined by a crumbling bridge. And gradually I inserted various details and elements, some of which are really bizarre like the bearskinrug on the roof of the house on the left.
Unavoidable the off-road vehicle ready to deal with mud and rough terrain and complete with all the necessary tools to fix it yourself in case. It is based on my previous Chevrolet Blazer spotted in the Sheriff Hopper’s Cabin diorama built in 2019.
There are many other details and strange pieces, have fun finding them and if you have any questions write them below in the comments!

Into the Wild and the Magic Bus under the snow

Into the Wild and the Magic Bus under the snow

A few months ago I built the most iconic scene from the movie “Into the Wild”, directed by Sean Penn in 2007, with the Magic Bus standing in plain sight in the wild Alaskan woods. It was early spring.
With the cold season coming it was taken for granted I’d be tempted to build the snow capped Bus as it appears in some scenes of the movie.
The sand green/white Bus stands now on a big snowy base built with many weird parts to create the snow-covered foliage effect. White pines are placed behind it.
Chris McCandless’s story is well known and sadly it didn’t end well.
And the Bus itself, seen as a danger, has been recently airlifted from the Alaskan wild to a secure site after two hikers have died and at least 15 have had to be rescued while trying to reach the bus in the remote Alaskan wilderness.
Abandoned on the Stampede Trail near Denali National Park, the bus had become a pilgrimage site. It was revered by travelers around the world who had read the book or seen the movie. But it had also become a hazard, luring hikers into forbidding territory.

Click here to take a look at my first version of the “Into the Wild” diorama with more info about the story of Chris.

A-Frame Cabin

A-Frame Cabin

An architectural icon from 1950 to about 1975, the A-frame is one of my favourite rural homes ever, a triangle-design built for lounging on outdoor decks and staring at nature.
I built this cabin inspired, in part, by Harlan Hubbard‘s book Payne Hollow, about living a simpler life in a hand-built home. The author is considered by many a modern-day Thoreau.

“Two brothers, Dan and Ethan, burned out on modern working believed that stripping away modern comforts and living more simply in nature would lead to a more spiritually an creatively fulfilling life. They looked for a cabin in the woods and finally found out this old wooden A-Frame Cabin. They fixed up it and now they live there happily.”

It’s not my first cabin in the woods but it was very funny building the A-structure and trying to add many weird details. I also played with the light to let the scene as deep as possible.

“We are mid-way through October, and autumn, as well as spooky season, is in full effect, Andrea Lattanzio’s cozy LEGO A-Frame home located amongst some beautiful fall-colored conifers is the perfect build to capture the moment we are in. The key to the main architectural build here is definitely in the tiling – we’ve got plenty of tiling on the roof, tiling for the deck, and more tiling to cover the house’s base structure. Printed tiles also help render the lumber packed away in the left, maybe for firewood. I love Lattanzio’s use of tree limb elements arranged in such a way to create pointed evergreen trees – different colors are also utilized for that autumn color-changing aesthetic. Perhaps the most interesting example of parts used in this work would be the hammer minifigure utensil which is applied in multiples to compose the foundation of the home. Many small details in this build are eye-catching, including the broken stairs leading up to this shack-like a-frame dwelling. Even if some home-improvement is needed on this little getaway house, it still looks like a great place to escape to on an autumn weekend.“

(A-Frame Bringing the Autumn A-Game  The Brothers Brick – October 18, 2020)