Modular Lego Eames Case Study House #8
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- This is a 32 * 64 Studs modular model of the so called Case Study House No. 8 in Pacific Palisades, CA, buillt by Ray and Charles Eames in 1949. With it's ground breaking steel construction and light flooded rooms, the house is certainly among the most famous residential buildings in the world today.
- The basic idea of the model is to
combine the architecture series with the modular/city world. I am
very much into display sets, so I would enjoy the level of detail the
house shows (please find a link list to compare the model with the
real building below), if it became a real Lego set. My 6 year old
daughter would like the removable roof, walls and first floor as well
as the robust construction, which ensure that it is still easily
possible to play with the building. And both of us would have to hide
the house from my 4 year old son, because he likes to explore rare
parts and special building techniques by deconstructing everything
within a minute (At least he would create a „rocket castle with
garage for a motorbike“ or something like that for us, instead)
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Oh, sorry. That's just the sound I
made in five minute intervals when creating the model and even today,
when regarding the renderings and writing this text. I've already
built some lego models before, but this one really was most fun so
far. I think it's a mixture of the following reasons, that made the
Eames house so special to me:
The level of detail
Lego model has exactly the same layout as the original, of course. It
holds a big living room with sitting area, a kitchen, a storage room,
an entrance area, a spiral staircase, a bedroom, a workspace, 2
bathrooms and a dressing room.
Please compare the following images
of the real house with the Lego model.
The living room in image number 2
The kitchen in image number 5 and:
The furniture in image number 4
The whole house in image number 1
You see, it was possible to
incorporate a lot of details of the real house, even on a small
scale. The hanging paintings, the ladder, all the different chairs
the Eames' designed, even the mosaic in the entrance, they are all
I have to say, my favorite detail
is the pig head sculpture hanging in the living room. When I found
out it is possible to use the head of a minifigure in a pig costume,
I really celebrated that!
On the other hand, I have to admit
there are also some deviations from the original building: The
sidewalk in the corners of the model doesn't actually exist for
example, but I wanted to create a smooth transition to other modular
I was also not really able to find
pictures of the bathroom with shower and the dressing room in the
first floor. The Eames' kept these places private. So I decided to
just put a lot of the furniture they designed there and gave it an
asian touch, which the house generally has.
Finally there is actually a service
hatch between the sitting area in the living room and the kitchen.
Unfortunately in a Lego set, the spiral staircase needs a bit more
space than in reality to accomodate a minifigure so... well, the
service hatch now leads to the storage room with washing machine in
my model. Admittedly, that solution might be slighty less handy than
the original one...
The (mis)usage of bricks
In the past, I built mostly cars
and small scale architecure projects. There, the decision which
bricks to use was pretty much straightforward. I experienced way more
options with the Eames house. Let me list some examples:
Before I found out a white airplane
cockpit together with ice cream feet would probably be the best
bathtub, I experimented with several fenders and castle bows.
For the windows, I first used
normal plates and small glass bricks instead of tubes and ladders.
But that gave the house a very dark and heavy appearence the original
The lounge chair wood (LCW) next to
the bed now consists of an off road car axis, two clips, a rear wing
and bike parts. I tried it with 3 different fenders and a rear wing
first, but the result became too big.
The functional elements
As already stated, the house should
not only be a display set. As you can see in the images, the roof, as
well as half of the first floor ( the part over kitchen and storage
room) can be removed. Furthermore, the complete backwall can be
unfolded, so all rooms are easily accessable.
The house has, like the original,
not only a main entrance in the middle, there are also sliding doors
at the front and back. In the kitchen, you will find an accordion
door to seperate dining and working areas, allthough I learned that
the Eames‘ never made use of that door in reality. In the first
floor, more sliding doors can be closed to seperate the bedroom from
the living room and the workspace (as shown on image 9 and 10).
Finally, I found it important to
make the construction as robust as a real lego set, which was quite
difficult in certain areas.
The Eames‘ themselves.
I don't know if I really have to
write about the geniality of the work of Ray and Charles Eames. I
mean, today every Hipster between Berlin and New York has a chair
designed by them in his kitchen. Ambitous hipsters even own one of
their lounge chairs or storage units.
What I find especially fascinating,
is that they invented a lot of their furniture and houses already in
the 40's and 50's, but it still looks modern today. And also the
idea, to design all that together as couple, was probably not too
common at that time.
When I built the house, it felt
like this is the flat I would want to move in by tomorrow. At some
points, I tried to cheat a bit, for example by moving the stairs to a
slightly different position than in the original. But that
immediately lead to new problems like too small surrounding rooms,
etc., which showed me how well the house is designed and...
...okay, I guess I have to finish
now, before this text ends up in Nerdvana. Please support and share
this project, it really means a lot to me!