It is good to have a town square or park in a LEGO city. As mine is a small brick city, I combined both together to form a town square park. A town square or park provides the needed open space and breathing room in a dense city.
I spent quite a bit of time designing the location and placement of my town square park so that it looks and feels like a central town square.
The first was to have it flanked by two buildings and backed by the wall of the upper level of my city. In my display the front of the display is the sea front as this is a beach town.
The upper level is the main street and the town hall building is direct in line with the town square park. The central bus stop is also located in front of the town hall and above why town square park.
This design placement channels the flow of the city to the town square park to draw attention to it.
The memorial statue and brick wall serve as a solid backdrop to the town square to make it feel more than just a regular park. The layout of the footpath in the park also adds to that look.
I integrated the town square park into the city with different organics connectors. These act as physical connectors for the MiniFigs as well as visual devices to create a sense of flow in the town. This ensures the town does not just look like a collection of individual LEGO sets.
These visual devices will help to organically connect your city so it feels like a living breathing city. These devices are one of the non-obvious reasons why some LEGO cities look better than others.
Examples of these visual devices include:
Road plates or simulated road (painted surfaces, regular plates, cardboard with stickers etc)
Sidewalks, foot paths and grass trails
Stairs or steps
A water front or river that flows through the city
A common space such as a park, town square or street
Train or monorail tracks
A line of greenery such as scrubs, plants or trees
J C is an AFOL (Adult Fan of LEGO®) and is particularly interested in creating LEGO cities. Due to practical reasons, his focus is on building impressive city layouts in small spaces.
His background as an entertainer and production designer has helped him conceptualize and design entertaining LEGO cities with interactive elements built within a confined space.