We at Ninja Brick love MOCs, and some of the best out there are buildings. So in this post, we made a selection of building-oriented LEGO MOCs, in different sizes and proportions. Enjoy!
The Magic of LEGO MOC Architecture
There’s magic in LEGO, and part of it is being able to do whatever you want. The creative freedom LEGO offers is immense — you can work with all sorts of things, from creatures to buildings.
Sure, it’s fun to follow instructions and do the sets LEGO puts out. There’s a lot of massive sets of buildings, even, such as the new LEGO Taj Mahal set. but even more, making your own creations is awesome. There are plenty master builders out there, people who make their own creations (MOC). Some of them are truly amazing. MOCs are truly what brings life to LEGOs, and there’s plenty of weapons, animals and fantasy stuff out there. Architecture builds, however, are one of the most interesting.
Many of these builds work with unorthodox building techniques and pride themselves on their realism and aesthetics, and of course, colour and detail make everything pop. Let’s take a look at some of them.
One of the greatest challenges of building with LEGOs is curves. As the pieces are mostly square or otherwise sharp-edged, smooth curves are hard to replicate. But the Twisting Thorax is another thing altogether. Not only it curves, it also twists on itself. This building mirrors the look of several “twisted” skyscrapers of the real world, in special the Turning Torso from Malmö, Sweden (as you can tell from the name). It’s very interesting to see the details and flora added on some floors, as they make the build even more realistic. Even more interesting: it’s in microscale! Full Plate, the creator, has a lot of microscale buildings as well, so make sure to check it out!
This build is not only a masterpiece of architecture (it looks like something from the real world, with every detail), but it’s also amazing scene setting. From the boarded up windows to the removal of the body, the chalk lines, the TV crew and nosy neighbour, this is something right out of the real world — but in LEGO format. Barthezz Brick, the creator of this set, is certainly a master builder. Extra props for the pipes spewing water on the side.
Usually sets or MOCs with this theme only have a few houses, a square, some Christmas trees, and that’s it. This one is a lot more than that. This MOC took three months to build, it’s fully lighted, and has an automated holiday train going around it. What impressed me the most was the number of minifigures in this and the sheer amount of detail, from the food to the lake in the middle of the village, the church, and so much more. A house with a build like this needs no further holiday decoration. And, it also lights up from inside!
I love medieval settings, but this one? This one could be the setting of any High Fantasy book out there (yes, including Lord of the Rings). The sheer amount of detail is breathtaking, including how it blends with the scenery. I particularly like the cottage with the pig pen, and of course, the details of the castle itself.
Grandiose builds are fun, but it takes a lot of skill to make something cool in microscale as well. This microscale casa reminds me of some real mansions we see out there (minus the skeletal sea monster under the cliff of course). There is a very modern look and feel to it, with excellent use of transparent pieces for both lamps and the windows. The use of colours give excellent texture to the whole thing and the details are incredible as well. Look at the tiny swimming pool! This build by Milan Sekiz is very worth a look.
There are sets out there to build the Colosseum, but this magnificent build of over 200,000 pieces does not rely on any sets. Ryan McNaught is a certified LEGO builder, and the display has a ruins side, reminiscent of the real-world Colosseum, and a vision of what it could be in the past. The contrast is present in the actual oval shape and replicated in the interior as well. Half of it looks fully built and majestic as it was in the past, while the other half is in ruins and shows the chambers under the floor. Ryan has other builds as well, including an Arc de Triomphe, Tower of Pisa, Empire State Building and so much more, but the Colosseum is another level of awesome. This build is currently on display on the Nicholson Museum in Australia.
Architecture isn’t just about exteriors. There’s a lot of interior work as well, as Heikki M. shows. This builder has several interiors made of LEGO, including a spa tub, a kitchen, a hall, and many others. This living room, however, has a ridiculous amount of detail and looks very realistic when seen from “ground level”. I especially like the fireplace (which is lit with LEDs from inside) and the couches. This modern LEGO apartment looks nicer than many real-world ones.
These are just some examples of excellent LEGO architecture (inside and outside). But there are a lot more out there — from real-world buildings to fantasy ones, micro and massive. So what do you think? Ready to become a LEGO architect?