2WTC – 2 World Trade Center

In the description of the building, BIG states:

The design of 2 WTC is derived from its urban context at the meeting point between two very different neighborhoods: the Financial District with its modernist skyscrapers and TriBeCa with its lofts and roof gardens. The design combines the unique qualities of each, melding high-rise with lowrise and modern with historical. From the 9/11 Memorial, the building appears as a tall and slender tower just as its three neighboring towers, while the view from TriBeCa is of a series of stepped green terraces. The building is aligned along the axis of World Trade Center Master Planner Daniel Libeskind’s ‘Wedge of Light’ plaza to preserve the views to St. Paul’s Chapel from the Memorial park.

The model will be built by Rocco Buttliere:

Two World Trade Center is an 81-story skyscraper that is currently under construction in New York City. Its form is comprised of seven stacked masses which change shape as the building rises, each one cantilevered further away from the original footprint. This shifting profile resembles the lowrise building conditions throughout the local Tribeca neighborhood, while the solid profile facing the September 11th Memorial, serves as a solemn gesture to the legacy of the World Trade Center complex.

 

The first step in modeling this building was to carefully measure all the dimensions of each of the seven masses which will be stacked on top of one another. I drew several elevation and plan drawings in order to record these measurements and to refer back to while I design in LEGO Digital Designer. The model will be 1:650 scale, and so far, I have designed the second and third masses which you can see in the screenshots. The façade of the building will consist of thousands of trans-clear plates on the exterior, with medium blue plates and bricks on the interior. Putting the medium blue elements behind a layer of trans-clear plates will diffuse the blue color so it is less saturated and more accurate to the real-world appearance.

You may also notice a 2×2 hole through the middle of each of the masses. The location of this hole will allow for a continuous 2×2 beam made of technic elements to slide through the entire completed model, not only connecting all the masses together, but also providing a spine which will anchor the model to the base. It is important that the model be made of separate pieces in order to be transported easily, but it is also important that it be structurally sound when it is exhibited.

Rocco

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