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After succesful campaigns for the Flatiron Building, the Amsterdam set, and an already large collecton of currently available buildings, it's time to add an entirely new miniature city to Ittyblox: Paris!

Ittyblox is a brand of collectable 3D printed miniature buildings. It's for architecture enthousiasts what dinky toys are for car lovers and what model trains are for railroad fans. All buildings are in the same scale (1:1000) and can be placed together in uniform baseplates, forming streets and city blocks.

an example of currently available Ittyblox buildings
an example of currently available Ittyblox buildings

I started Ittyblox as a way to combine my passions for both architecture and 3D printing. The buildings I design in 3D software, are 3D printed in full color by Shapeways.com, an online platform that allows you to 3D print your own designs, but also make it possible to sell 3D prints of your designs to others around the world. Therefore, everyone can make a miniature city of their own using the Ittyblox buildings, without the need of an expensive 3D printer,  and in the process, help me fund the creation of new buildings! take a look at the Ittyblox shop at shapeways to get an idea of the current collection of builings, parks and highways.

example of some New York Ittyblox buildings
example of some New York Ittyblox buildings

Now it's time to add Paris!

Because designing and prototyping these buildings is a slow and expensive process, I am seeking funds to add Parisian architecture to the Ittyblox shop. In order to do so, these Parisian buildings, I have designed in the last few months, are exclusively available at a reduced price here on Kickstarter before they will appear on Shapeways later in 2016. To give you an idea, see the image below to get an idea of what they look like! When this Kickstarter is succesful expect much more of these!

Overview of all the Paris buildings in this Kickstarter
Overview of all the Paris buildings in this Kickstarter

The reason I chose Paris as the next city to add to the Ittyblox collection months ago is because of it's beauty, peace and romance. Eventhough it's been in the news for other reasons lately, let's hope these adjectives soon be the first ones that come to mind when thinking of this great city again.

So, which buildings am I exactly talking about? I tried to caputure the typical Parisian style using some non-existing buildings placed in a diagonal street baseplate. A diagonal street is a first for Ittyblox, but more buildings will be made for this new type of baseplate. I also added two famous Paris buildings, but we'll get to those soon enough.

The first model I like to show you is a block of buildings, made for the small triangle in the diagonal baseplate. It features different buildings, all with a shop on the lower levels, and apartments above. Every building has more or less the same height, color and the typical curved top level, but all with little variations. Here is what it looks like:

Paris Shopping Block A
Paris Shopping Block A

The second model is also a block of buildings but it is larger, since it covers the longer part of the diagonal street.

Paris Shopping Block B
Paris Shopping Block B

 Here you see both buildings together in the diagonal baseplate:

Shopping Block A and B in the diagonal baseplate
Shopping Block A and B in the diagonal baseplate

 The rest of this Paris Set A, consists of two apartment blocks. Both blocks in their turn consisting of two seperate buildings.

The first is Apartment Block A, which features restaurants on the ground floor.

Apartment Block A
Apartment Block A

 The second is Apartment Block B, which contains apartments exclusively.

Apartment Block B
Apartment Block B

 When combined together, this is what the first set looks like in a diagonal baseplate:

The complete Paris Set A
The complete Paris Set A

 If you like this set, and want to make this Paris set a reality, here are all the rewards for kickstarter backers of set A:

All backer options for set A
All backer options for set A

 Starting to look like a city right? But for that we need more than one block, so on to the next!

For the second set (set B) I used the same diagonal baseplate as with the first set. These baseplates are designed so that two of these plates can be aligned to form a single diagonal street. This is what they look like with the first building of the second set in place:

The Embassy in the small triangle
The Embassy in the small triangle

 This building, the Embassy, is inspired by the embassies you see around the Arc de Triomphe. It has a garden and a stairway into the famous Paris Subway system. Here you get a more close up view. As you can see, this is a really small building.

See the stairway to the subway?
See the stairway to the subway?
despite it's size, there is a lot of detail visible.
despite it's size, there is a lot of detail visible.

 I took my inspiration for the second building in set B from the Société Générale Private Banking Office across the famous Galeries Lafayette. However, I made some small adjustments, to make it more typical Parisian. Here is how it turned out.

Paris Bank Office (part of set B)
Paris Bank Office (part of set B)

And finally,completng the second set is one of the most beautiful buildings in Paris: the awesome Sainte Chapelle!

Paris Sainte Chapelle (part of set B)
Paris Sainte Chapelle (part of set B)

As you can see, much time is spent to get the balance right between detailing and staying within the possibilities of current 3D printing technology. The delicate production process makes it hard to design little details without breaking them during handling. However, a gothic chapel isn't a gothic chapel without the many little edges, corners, curves and lines. Also, notice the detailed lining on the windows.

These tree buildings and a baseplate complete the Paris set B:

The complete Paris Set B
The complete Paris Set B
The complete Paris Set B (rear view)
The complete Paris Set B (rear view)

here is an overview of all the backer options for set B

overview of all backer options in set B
overview of all backer options in set B

And finally, to complete the three sets, there is set C. This set consists of the famous Parisian tower Tour St. Jacques inside a park, covering an entire regular Ittyblox baseplate. This is what it looks like:

Paris Set C ( a baseplate, a park and Tour St. Jaques)
Paris Set C ( a baseplate, a park and Tour St. Jaques)

Below is an overview of all the backer options for set C and off course you can buy all the sets inluding their baseplates combined. There is also an option to get two canal plates with them to simulate the Seine River. For owners op shops, ther is also a reseller option

overview of all backer options in set C
overview of all backer options in set C
The sets mixed up!
The sets mixed up!
The buildings from sets A and B mixed together
The buildings from sets A and B mixed together
One GIF to sum it all up!
One GIF to sum it all up!

 And if you really want to give it a decent inspection, here is a slow 360 view video of all the buildings:

Risks and challenges

Ittyblox has already proven to be a solid production house and our partner Shapeways is market leader in 3Dprinting and distribution. Because these buildings are very delicate, sometimes they are printed correctly 9 times, but fail the tenth time. A delay in shipment will arise, because often small adjustments have to be made in order to ensure a printability of 100%

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    The Embassy is based on the embassies around the Arc de Triomphe. It features a garden and an entrance to the famous Paris subway system. This model fits in the small triangle of the diagonal baseplate.

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    The Tour St. Jacques was once part of a 16th century church. Now it is a single tower of 52 meters in the heart of Paris. It fits in the Paris Park model.

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    Paris Apartment Block A features various shops and restaurants on the ground level and apartments above. It consists of two separate building models. One of 2x2 and one of 2x1 Ittyblox grid squares

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    Paris Shopping Block A features many different shops on the ground level and apartements above. Fits in the little corner of the Paris baseplate.

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    Sainte Chapelle is one of Paris most beautiful buildings. It was commissioned by King Louis IX of France and completed in 1248.

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    Paris Shopping Block B features many different shops on the ground level and apartments above. It fits on the long side of the diagonal street of the diagonal baseplate.

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    Paris Baseplate is an Ittyblox baseplate with a diagonal street across. Two of these baseplates make the diagonal street complete in the next intersection.

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    The Paris Park fills up an entire regular baseplate and features trees around an open space of yellow gravel. In the middle there is a hole of 2x2 ittyblox grid rectangles. This allows you to place the Tour St. Jacques in the park or any other ornament that will be added to the Ittyblox collection in the future.

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    Paris Set C contains the Tour St. Jacques, the Paris Park and a regular baseplate.

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    Early Bird Paris Set B features all the buildings from set B: the Embassy, The Bank Office, the Sainte Chapelle and a Paris Baseplate.

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    Early Bird Paris set A features all the buildings from the fist set, including the baseplate!

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    Mayor of Paris, Duke of the Seine River: This will give you all the Paris Sets A,B and C including their baseplates and two Ittyblox canalplates!

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    The Reseller Set A contains 10 Paris sets A and 10 original cartboard Ittyblox boxes, allowing you to sell them in your shop and make a small profit!

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    The Reseller Set A and B contains 10 Paris sets A, 10 Paris sets B and 20 original cartboard Ittyblox boxes, allowing you to sell them in your shop and make a small profit!

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    The Reseller Set A, B and C contains 10 Paris sets A, 10 Paris sets B, 10 Paris sets C and 30 original cartboard Ittyblox boxes, allowing you to sell them in your shop and make a small profit!

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