I had a chance to catch up with LEGO Ideas user ABrickDreamer—whose project Climbrick Gym is rapidly approaching the 2k Supporters mark—and discuss his background, influences and also cover some of the techniques that were used in this project. Read the responses below, and check out the links to the Ideas Site to show your support!
Q & A with ABrickDreamer, Project Creator
Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Davide, I'm a 35 year old Italian AFOL living in Singapore, working as a football (soccer) coach. I'm passionate about sports, movies, tv series' and, of course, LEGO. Just a couple of years ago I attended a beautiful LEGO exhibition here in Singapore and since then I rediscovered my childhood passion for the bricks. Recently I discovered indoor climbing, bouldering in particular, and I've been climbing for about a year now—and that's the inspiration for my build: Climbrick Gym!
I'm getting some Ghostbusters Firhouse HQ (75827) vibes from the building/architectural designs—were you inspired with your project by any officially licensed sets?
The building definitely turned out to have some Ghostbusters vibes, but that was not the intention, it just turned out like that. I wanted to build a climbing gym and I started to do some research about what kind of building to reproduce. It has to be some kind of old big industrial building. Attached you can see the reference picture that I tried to reproduce.
Tell us a little about some of the building techniques you used and which ones you're most proud of.
I'm quite happy about the climbing walls, I thought about many different ways to do it; some ideas were way too difficult, some required too many pieces. At the end, I used hinge bricks and plates—simple but effective. Especially the bouldering wall turned out quite well, using SNOT (stud-not-on-top) I could recreate some overhang climb. The roof also took me some time to figure it out. But I think I'm most proud about all the little details and small builds—the training equipment, the counter area, the logo. I was very happy when supporters came back to me saying how this felt like their own real life gym.
Are you currently working on another project, and can you give us a hint about what it is?
I always have some ideas at the back of my head and also some half started projects—one of these is also sports-related. Unfortunately, now I don't have much time to build, after the lockdown I'm quite busy with work. 2020 has been a very strange year for everyone. Hopefully I will get back to my builds soon.
What's your favorite LEGO Set?
Lego is on fire recently, so many good products are coming out. I wish I could afford more. I would say that Creator Expert and Ideas are my favorite themes. I love all the modular sets, I also enjoyed the Mustang quite a bit.
Thanks to Davide for his candid responses! If you haven't gone over to the ideas site to show support, do so now and help Davide's Industrial Rock Gym build, Climbrick Gym, reach 10k Supporters!
From The Project Creator
Indoor climbing is booming around the world and next year in Japan, it will be the first time that climbing has been an event in the Summer Olympics. So it's time to bring it into our Lego cities!!!
The gym is fully equipped for belay climbing and bouldering in complete safety. All the training equipment are in place, form hangboard to pull-up bar. Fresh beverages are available, as well as a water cooler, music and big fans on the roof. The gym is complete with a store room and a restroom.
The red bricks building has lots of windows on every side, to get a lot of natural lights. Along the sidewalk you can find street lights, recycling bins and a dumpster, while a guy is drawing a graffiti at the back of the building, who knows what is he writing...
The piece count is exactly 3000 bricks, including 6 minifigures, 1 cat and 1 spider, who's climbing behind the stairs. The build can be opened for better playability, for the same reason part of the roof and of the bouldering area can be removed as well. I hope you will like it and you will consider to support it and share on your social media platforms. Thank you! ABrickDreamer
What do you think?
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