Creating: Modular Buildings

Creating: Modular Buildings

Our son, just like his dad, loves cars. But even more he likes to build road plans and buildings where his cars can travel. Almost every day the livingroom is littered with a collection of Lego Duplo rails, wooden traintracks, felt roadtracks and parking garages made of wooden blocks.

This motivated me to think about modular buildings. My idea is to design recognizable facades with simple lines that can be connected to each other at any time. As a kind of puzzle you can build entire cities! To achieve that, every part has to meet a certain standard. It has to match the size of his Duplo train and Playmobil figures to be able to combine his toys endlessly.

The first thing I have to figure out are the measurements for a standard part. I’m using 9mm thick plywood. The gap will be 10mm for easy but nice fit. The distance between gaps from heart to heart (X) have to be the same for every part. If you would like to use thicker wood, just adjust the gap on both sides (Q).

The first prototype I made was a small industrial building. When I look at this drawing now, I see it’s weak construction points. My 3 year old tested it for a week before one of the legs broke.

He really loved playing with it and asked directly for more pieces! I redesigned this prototype and came up with some more industrial buildings.

The “legs” should be stronger now. But before I make this, we need a home.

I like to draw my ideas on paper instead of computer. I used Inkscape for the car designs before but I enjoy the use of a pencil and paper.

To be continued!

Greetings, Jimi