Interview: Luke Taylor

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ArchBrick’s fourth interview features Luke Taylor, a great microscale architecture and space builder. Many of his buildings are futuristic, and when put together create an inspiring mesh of cool skyscrapers. Be sure to check out all Luke’s works on his Facebook fan page.

Why do you enjoy LEGO Architecture?

“I enjoy LEGO architecture because it allows me to express my creativity & love for building and designing ideas that I get in my head. LEGO allows me to put these ideas into an actual reality form while still being somewhat affordable.”

What led you to build in microscale?

“I decided to build in micro scale because of limited space and finances. I wanted to get an empire-futuristic skyline that would just make you excited and spark that creative and positive desire to want to add to the landscape.”

What are some of your favorite buildings you’ve modeled?

“My favorate models are actually the ones that I had designed using LDD and ordering from LDD. Here are a few photos of my favorites in real and LDD form.

The blue tower in front as well as the dark gray Ship Dock

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Blue towers

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White towers

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Star Ships

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Describe the process of creating some of your buildings.

“A lot of times my process is a couple of things:

  • I already have this idea in my head and I go to LDD to save that idea (in hopes it will become real someday).
  • I’ll just lay out some plates and see what I come up with. It’s very simple and easy for me to just put something together. I’ll usually refer these buildings as my freestyle/scrap build because I didn’t actually have an idea when I start. For example the photo below is actually mostly consisted of buildings that I’ve been using my scraps for.”

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What do you find most challenging about building?

“The most I find challenging about building now is being able to apply new techniques to the modern skyline without an actual extra budget to buy special order bricks to try out. which is why all my designs are standard construction.”

Discuss how you started building LEGO creations.

“I started Building my LEGO creations when I was 14 years old (I’m 27 now). I was taken out of school and attempted to be home schooled (did not work well) so being a school dropout I found myself bored and unable to go or do anything outside most the day; most of the time I would Play Sim City 4 and design and build massive cities but then it wasn’t enough and I wanted to build tower designs unique to my imagination. So I went to my few LEGO I had from digging in the dirt and started building mini houses and even a few LEGO men size homes it still wasn’t what I wanted in creating the city I envisioned. So being that young and even more limited to what I even had for LEGO (hand me down bricks) I took all my bricks and decided to shrink the scale even smaller. When I was done I found that was exactly the scale I needed to design in.

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Once I learned about the Lego Digital Designer. Even better was that it was free to download for use; for many years I used LLD to save my microscale towers that I would think of (and even lose sleep over) and put them on  my memory base. As time went on my buildings were bigger and even more complex and realistic they became more of super structures and Star ships designs. It was also through that program I came up with a story of how a new color ship would actually represent a different Galaxy. When LLD first came out you would only have access to current available bricks/plates. As new large plates in different colors came out a new Fleet of Ships would be introduced to the Alliance. (list below introduced order)

[Galaxy Story]

EARTH – (mixed brick/LIGHT GREY)
In the very last stages of almost being extinct, I tore down towers to build a tiny fleet of ships as last a hope to find a new planet to save the human race.

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(After all the Alliances)

Litinians ( DARK GREY), first to be Allies

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Weldrens (BLACK), second to join

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Contronians (WHITE), third to join

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Gladiens (TAN), fourth to join

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Aquenian (Blue), fifth to join

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Veltronian (red), last to join

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After these colors became available in LDD I had Fleets for each one which, with all their combined effort, allowed Earth to be restored and thrive even more than ever. As they all came together structures where being built all over the planet and was in better shape than ever, and became the central hub for all the galaxies.”

Discuss any other general hobbies and interesting information about yourself (e.g. job, upcoming projects).

“Other Hobbies I have are also designing houses using the computer program called the Sims 2/3/&4. I also like to design road systems and water front of rural and very dense cities by using (still) Sim City 4. I still love to make time to go outside and be active, and self challenging to my fitness and what I can do such as biking, hiking, & walking. I worked as a groundskeeper/landscaper for many years as my first job. This past December I started to work at an office now located in Boston and am settling in. My upcoming LEGO projects are still at least in my head for what to work on next. One being building the base for the Original city and ships; I’ll be calling it the Memorial Piece; it will be a couple of years before I can really get it going. I’m currently working on finalizing the remodel of my first original base set I did. If you follow my page, you’ve probably been seeing the results of that. (see bottom of page)”

Any closing thoughts or comments?

“It’s a great pleasure to me having ArchBrick do this interview.”

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Like what you see? Check out all Luke’s work on his Facebook fan page. Thanks again for the interview!


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