INDUSTRIALISATION!: A Modular Factory
buildings series up to now consist merely out of shops, restaurants, apartments
and service buildings. All is good, but I felt there also needed to be a supply
to those stores. In order to fill this
void, the idea rose to design a factory.
Sure, it had
to become a solid display piece with ample room to play out stories, but since
there are so many great designs out there the factory needed something I have
never seen before in a modular. Something cool and surprising! The key to this revolutionary
element was adding function to the building.
on the setting was easy. The design should be set in the industrial revolution.
Mighty steam engines and machinery from that period all have majestic movements
and their cadence is often mesmerizing. Furthermore I absolutely admire the industrial
architecture from that period.
quite a few different machines from the industrial revolution the decision was
made to include a power loom next to the mandatory steam engine. So the final design
goal was set: A working mill.
became a 2 story high building with working internals on the ground floor. I’ve
managed to add the steam engine and power loom both with 3 signature movements.
Turning the crank on the back sets all 6 movements in motion at the same time. For
display purposes you can take out just the front of the building so the mill’s inside
is exposed. For play the roof and second floor can be detached as well.
find the machinery: The steam engine and power loom. Next to the machines is
the overlookers office with a punch clock. At the back of the building is the
boiler room where steam is being generated.
stairs leads up to the walkway.
working conditions in the industrial revolution were abysmal, I felt there
needed to be done something for the workforce. Although it’s not historically
accurate, I’ve added a cantina for the personnel so they at least in this
factory can enjoy their breaks with a hot cup of coffee.
Next to the
cantina is the secretary’s office with an old typewriter and filing cabinet.
Usually the secretary guards the entrance to the entrepreneurs office like an
At the end
of the walkway is the entrepreneurs office. This room is equipped with a desk,
bookcase, cabinet and fancy chair for the big chief. On the other side of the
desk is a small uncomfortable wooden stool. It usually wasn’t a good sign if
one had to sit down on that stool.
like me, want to see manufacturing and functional buildings added to the already
impressive line-up be sure to support this idea and tell your friends.
all in advance for the support.