I love CGI and some of my dear friends are digital graphic artists, but effects made with physical objects can be so delightful. The Verge has a nice piece about Lumino City, the sequel to the game Lume, which takes place in a 10 foot tall miniature city that was built in a studio. The article has screenshots and behind-the-scenes construction photos. It looks lovely and warm and reminds me a bit of a paper Monument Valley.
Practical effects used for gorgeous Lumino City video game