Haan Mansion Museum Sandbox Build Showcase

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The week before I started playing LEGO Worlds, a new Jenny’s Build Challenge was introduced for September.  LEGO Worlds would feature a new master builder every week.  The theme for September: Build the perfect dream home. I knew immediately what I was going to build: Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art.  My childhood home.

Four days later, the game was mine on the Nintendo Switch.  I set to work almost immediately.  The project was a lot harder than I anticipated and I completely missed the deadline.  Eventually, I did finish and I am very proud of the results.

Improved Draw Distance

One of the most impressive features of the home is the Grand Hall with split stair case.  The stairs themselves were fairly straightforward.  The oval cut out with chandelier were another story.  It took a lot of trial and error to find the best solution for the rails.  The final solution for the rails was the hour glass!  It turns out, the hour glass is very versatile. The hour glass also made a great chain for a chandelier.

LEGO version of Haan Mansion Museum Grand Hall

Custom chandelier:

The chandelier uses a selection of bricks found under the Tile panel as well as the Hourglass found under Bricks.  To build a chandelier, start at the top using an hourglass.  Use various “Tiles” to create the structure for each level of the chandelier.

Once the structure of the chandelier is build, select the “Nose Cone” from Slopes for the light bulbs and one of the Fluorescent colors to make them glow.

The finished chandelier (shown below) can be saved so it can be used repeatedly with the discovery tool.

Grand Hall chandelier

Building Tip:

Being able to save your custom creations for use with the discovery tool is  great.  However, sometimes, it is very difficult to precisely place items using the discovery tool.  Fear not, there is a solution:  The Copy Tool.  If you need to use the same object repeatedly, place the object once.  Once it is placed, open the tools menu and select the Copy Tool.  Highlight the entire object and hit Copy.  Now the object is able to be placed with much greater accuracy.  You can move the copied object one block at a time, just like normal brick placement.

Exception:  The Copy tool will not copy other discoverable objects like pianos or desks.

UPDATE:  The software update released on 10/25 (well after the building of the museum) fixed the issue with copying objects. 

Custom Piano:

The “West Room” (aptly named since it is on the west side of the house) has a grand piano.  Since there is no grand piano available in discoverable objects, I customized the giant piano keyboard.  This was done using a selection of plates and tiles with the build tool.  It  also used the undercarriage brick for the legs.

Custom LEGO Grand Piano

Remember that exception about the copy tool not copying discoverable objects?  This is how I discovered that quirk. The custom piano was built outside for visibility.  When using the copy tool, it only copied the back portion.  The giant piano keyboard was not part of the copy.

Pool Table:

The pool table is a fairly simple, straight forward build. Select a color for the frame (brown looks good). The top of the frame is assembled using a variety of tiles for a smooth finish. The legs can be built using any of the circular bricks.  The surface of the table was build using another color along with grey 1×1 tiles in each corner and in the middle on each side (six in all).

Custom pool table

Custom Christmas Tree:

Surprisingly, Christmas trees are not a discoverable object.  Creating one is very simple though.  Start by using the discovery tool to place a Medium Tree.  Use several different transparent colors and 1×1 round plates to create ornaments.  Place the various colored plates around the different levels of the tree.

Custom Christmas Tree

Update (11/19):  A recent update makes this custom Christmas tree no longer possible.  After the update, placing a brick inside the tree causes it to break.  You are left with floating bricks.  I was lucky enough to have saved this as a custom build so I can continue to use it.

Custom Medicine Cabinets:

The museum has a lot of bathrooms. One of the common features among most of these bathrooms is a medicine cabinet surrounded by fluorescent lights.  The mirror portion of the cabinet is a transparent white 1x2x2 brick. On either side of the mirrored surface, stack two fluorescent 1×1 circular bricks to make the light tubes.  To complete the light fixture, place a half circle tile above and below each tube.  You may not be able to see your reflection but the transparent effect works quite well.

Medicine Cabinet

There are a lot of rooms in the museum and these are just some of the highlights of the custom built.  Without further ado, here is a grand tour of the completed project.

I had a great time building the museum and most of the layout was done from memory.  It isn’t a perfect recreation because I didn’t use a lot of reference material or actual measurements.  Living there for ten years and making regular visits for another 20, etched the details in my mind.  If only I could figure out how to make wallpaper!

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Written by: Paul Haan

Paul has been a self taught software engineer for almost 20 years. He started playing video games in the early 1980s on an Atari 800 and has had many gaming systems since. Creative games such as Disney Infinity and LEGO Worlds are among his favorites. Happily married since 1998, Paul and his wife are raising three wonderful, creative, young gamers.