When it comes to building historic Chinese architecture from LEGO bricks, it can prove challenging to capture the sweeping curves of rooftops and ornate details. While we’ve seen builders employ a variety of techniques for this, with his model of the Aiwan Ting Pavilion, Chinese builder Smoker Nie has managed to pull off both the shape and the details in an especially eye-pleasing manner. Aiwan Pavilion is located on Mount Yuelu in the Chinese province of Hunan.
Smoker’s building is an excellent likeness, both inside and out. According to the builder, 12350 LEGO bricks were used in its construction.
The roof is particularly well done, with a combination of plates, slopes, and 1×1 round bricks used to form the curves and points. A splash of red underneath represents part of the supporting structure and helps the roof really “pop.”
What really makes Smoker’s version of Aiwan Ting Pavilion so exceptional is his attention to detail within the structure itself. If you were to visit the actual landmark itself, you would see wonderful artwork adorning the ceiling inside. I can imagine fairy-sized people inside marveling at Smoker’s brick-built artwork.
The builder has also created a rendering of what the ceiling artwork looks like, to help show off the inside of the model that’s basically impossible to photograph. You can tell he put a lot of care into recreating the interior.
Here is a look up inside the actual model….
And a look at the real deal for comparison. With this kind of quality, I hope we can look forward to more Chinese architecture from Smoker Nie!