Making the Brandenburg Gate

Started preparing this model for Britta and Arne’s wedding some weeks ago, but had only gotten as far as this approximation of the Brandenburg Gate…

…when I got a volunteer in the form of Taj to help rough out which details to capture in the model.

Taj hasn’t been to the Brandenburg Gate, but he *has* put together the Lego model of the Brandenburg Gate–he spent some time doing internet research on the actual appearance of the monument.

We made some sketches to lay out pieces and determine how large the final model would be, if printed on one sheet.

The model of just the gate itself fit on one page, but without any of the other buildings it turned out to be not so recognizable.

So I added the outer buildings. In joining the buildings together, I made a small error in how the rooflines would connect…

Once I had the outer buildings formed, I still had a little trouble realizing which side is the front of the gate.

It bothered me a little that the rear porticos had no columns inside them, so I added them in a way that I hope will make the entire structure more stable.

Print and cut first edition!

I hope it’s a big hit at the wedding. It seems there will be lots of architects there; and architects are pretty picky about their models…