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Lego Cube Apartments Mini Modular – with Building Instructions


Hi everyone.
In my last video I presented
15 Mini Modular buildings that I designed, and I asked you to vote
for your favourite design. Thank you to everyone that has voted, and I’d like to announce that the design
that has received the most votes so far
is my ‘Cube Apartments’ Mini Modular. I also asked for some feedback
regarding any extra information you’d like to see, and the feedback that I received was: – which software that I use, – some common building techniques, – and Building Instructions. I’ll show the software that I use
and some building techniques in a future video, while in this video I’ll show you
the Building Instructions for
my ‘Cube Apartments’ Mini Modular. I’ve uploaded the full Parts List to Rebrickable.com, and I’ve also uploaded these Building Instructions
to Rebrickable.com in the MLCad format. There is a link to my Rebrickable page
in the video description. The first thing that you’ll notice is that
I’ve changed some of the colours. Unfortunately one of the key pieces that I use,
the Arch Brick 1 x 3 (part number 4490),
is only available in a limited range of colours. I’ve updated my design to use
light bluish gray instead, but you could use
any of the available colors that you like. First, let’s look at how
each of the apartments are built. The left ones are just
a little bit different to the right ones,
and in my design I’ve used three of each. Of course, you could use
more or less apartments,
and change the height accordingly. To build one of the left-hand-side apartments, Start with four of these Brackets,
and join them together with a 2 x 4 Tile. If you wanted to add furniture
this would be a good time to do so. Add a few 1 x 6 Tiles that will
become the outside cladding. Add two Arch Brick 1 x 3,
and then add another 1 x 6 Tile. Attach two of these smaller Brackets,
and insert a 2 x 4 Plate,
and then add another two Brackets. Slide a 1 x 2 Grille piece into
the bottom of each of the Arch Bricks, and add two more of the
Arch Bricks to hold them in place. Finally, add some 1 x 2 Tiles. The exposed studs on the side will be used to
attach the apartment to the rest of the model. The right-hand-side apartments are similar,
but there are a few changes. Start with four of these Brackets,
and join them together with a 2 x 4 Tile. Add a few 1 x 6 Tiles,
and two Arch Bricks 1 x 3,
and then another 1 x 6 Tile. Attach two of these smaller Brackets,
and insert a 2 x 4 Plate,
and add another two Brackets. Slide a 1 x 2 Grille piece into
the bottom of each of the Arch Bricks,
and add two more Arch Bricks. Add some Tiles, and then finish off by
adding a Round 2 x 2 Tile With A Hole In The Middle. This piece is really useful for changing
the direction of pieces, and we’ll use it to attach
the apartment to the rest of the model. The next sub model that we’ll build is
the left-hand-side of the pool deck. Start with four of these Brackets,
and join them together with some Plates and a Tile. Add a 1 x 6 Tile to the outside,
and then add two Arch Bricks 1 x 3. Add some more 1 x 6 Tiles to the outside, and add a Bracket to the inside,
taking note that the Bracket is up-side-down. Add some clear Bricks and Plates. Add another Bracket to the other side,
and join them together with
a few clear Plates on the inside. Add some transparent light blue Tiles
to create the surface of the water, and notice how
the water is just below the level of the deck. Slide a 1 x 2 transparent light blue Tile
into each of the Arch Bricks,
and add two more Arch Bricks. Finally, add some Tiles and some Bricks
to finish off this side of the pool deck. The last sub-model is
the right-hand-side of the pool deck. Start with a 1 x 2 Plate on its side,
and then add a 1 x 6 Plate
and a 1 x 6 Brick. Add some more Bricks,
some of which have studs on the side,
and add a 1 x 6 Tile. Insert a Minifig Ski Pole into one of the holes
and add a 1 x 2 Plate. You can rotate this Plate slightly
to make it look like its placed naturally. Add a 2 x 2 Dish to the top of the umbrella, a Cheese Wedge piece and a Tile
to create a reclined sun-bed, and a Panel to create the couch. Now that all of the sub-models have been built
the main model can be put together. Start with an 8 x 8 Plate,
and add some Bricks, Plates, and Tiles. Notice that the Bricks on the side have
Technic pin-holes so that this Mini Modular
can be attached to other Mini Modulars. From here we continue to build up the layers
using more Bricks, Plates, and Tiles. I’ve used some Jumper Plates to get
a half-stud offset which allows
for more detailed building. Add some more Bricks, Plates, and Tiles. Add some 2 x 2 Bricks to form part of
the central utility core of the building. Add some Windows and a Panel at the front. Even though most of the window frame will eventually
be hidden, I wanted a nice thin border separating
the windows from the glass door in the middle. Add some Plates to form the roof. Add an Arch Brick 1 x 4 and
a few 1 x 1 Bricks and Plates. At the moment these aren’t locked in place,
but they will be in a few steps. Add some Plates to the side,
and lock them in place with some Tiles. Add another Arch Brick 1 x 4,
and a few 1 x 1 Bricks and Plates to the other side. Add some Plates
and lock them in place with some Tiles. On the roof add some Tiles and
a reddish-brown 2 x 4 Plate to represent a garden bed. Add a variety of Plates
to represent some plants. Add a Bracket, and some 2 x Plates
to build up the central utility core. Notice that at the top I’ve used one of the
newer Plates that is flat on the bottom. Add some Plates and Tiles. The apartments on the right-hand-side will attach to
the 2 x 2 Plate With A Center Stud, and
the Tiles below it will stop the apartment from rotating. Attach three of the left-hand-side apartments
that we built earlier. Then attach three of the right-hand-side apartments. Attach the left-hand-side
and right-hand-side
of the pool deck. Finally add some Corner Panels
to represent the top of the elevator. And that completes the model! I’ve uploaded the full Parts List to Rebrickable.com, and I’ve also uploaded these Building Instructions
to Rebrickable.com in the MLCad format. There is a link to my Rebrickable page
in the video description. If you have any questions or feedback
please leave them in the comments of this video, and be sure to subscribe
so that you don’t miss my future videos. And as always, thank you for watching!

6 Comments

Mahj

Jul 7, 2017, 5:59 pm Reply

Nice model, with some ingenious solutions.

Joseph Li

Jul 7, 2017, 6:46 pm Reply

Hey, thats me!

Simon Dengar Pegg

Jul 7, 2017, 3:49 am Reply

That grill piece in the 1×3 arches fits well. I might use that technique as an arrow slit in my my lego castle

王祯

Mar 3, 2018, 5:36 am Reply

That's really cool! I'm a software engineer and a LEGO's crazy fan, now I'm working on an app that could help others to make LEGO models on mobile devices. I really want to know what development tool and render engine you used to make this instruction video. thanks a lot.

Pacific CY

May 5, 2018, 2:49 am Reply

I want to build something like this in the future except minifig scale and it will be based off the Nakagin Capsule Towers in Tokyo. Vey cool.

Jan Redstone

Dec 12, 2018, 4:09 pm Reply

Hey, i made a minecraft Version of this awesome Building!
I hope you like it 😉

Check it out here: https://www.planetminecraft.com/project/cube-apartments/

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