2WTC – 2 World Trade Center

Two World Trade Center is finished! 

The model stands roughly 65 cm tall and consists of approximately 8,600 pieces.  At 1:650 scale, it is consistent with all the models in my body of work.
As you can see, the façade of the model consists mostly of transparent elements.  Behind this outer layer, the inside is almost completely made up of medium blue bricks and plates, which give the model its beautiful bluish color, as if it’s reflecting the sky.
 
Each of the six rooftop terraces created by the stacking setbacks of the building are sprinkled with green elements to represent trees and grass.  This gives the model a very organic appearance and enhances the dynamic nature of the stacking effect.
 
Depending on where you view the model, you might be surprised that you’re still looking at the same building!
  
The seven stacked masses give the overall model a truly unique appearance, one that will certainly turn heads once the real building is completed in New York.
 
       
The model also features detailed landscaping at the street level
The greenery encircles the building and surrounds the open glazing of the lobby.
 
Also included in the model are the various satellite arrays within the parapet at rooftop level.  A couple of these satellites make use of minifigure hockey mask visors for the curved dishes!
 
A final view of the model shows how all seven sections stack seamlessly together along a single 2×2 spine.  This spine starts within the base of the model, and every section simply slides into place on top of one another, all the way to the top.
 
I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing this project come to life as much as I’ve enjoyed designing and building it!  I will be traveling to Billund to install the model in the LEGO House on Thursday, April 26 with the rest of the BIG Buildings Exhibition.  I look forward to having it on display as well as seeing all the other incredible models that will be a part of this exhibition!

AAR – AARhus Part 2

My model has now reached its full height of 89 cm, I am now more than half done. The terraces takes a long time to build, as not two are alike. I hope the building will be finished to 20. April, but I am still not sure, I have to work hard to reach the deadline.

The east side of the building
The south side.
The back side.
A closer look at the top, 20th floor.
I have printed all the terraces in the same scale as the model. I can then lay a transparrent brick paper over it, and draw on it with whiteboard markers, and then build after the drawing.
The construction site of the real building seen from north toward south.
The construction site of the real building seen from south toward north.

 

 

 

 

2WTC – 2 World Trade Center

The model of Two World Trade Center has now been fully designed!  The next step will be to build this incredible skyscraper out of physical LEGO.
These renderings show the completed digital model.  Although it may look simple from the outside, the model features numerous angles and façade techniques which require sideways construction.  Overall, the entire model consists of more than 8,600 pieces, most of which are transparent 1×2 plates.  One thing the renderings don’t show quite accurately, is the medium blue color which lies beneath the transparent façade.  These medium blue elements will give the model a soft blue tint, similar to the actual reflection of the sky that the curtain wall façade will have when the building is completed.
Additionally, the model will feature greenery at street level as well as on each rooftop terrace as the skyscraper ascends to its full height.
Stay tuned for more updates as the model is physically built.
Rocco

ARC – Amager Ressource Center – Amager Bakke – Copenhill

 

The waste-to-energy plant, Amager Resource Center, is located in an industrial area, that throughout the years, has turned into an extreme sport destination for thrill seekers. Different extreme sports activities take place in the raw industrial facilities such as cable wake boarding, go-kart racing, and rock climbing among others. The Amager Resource Center is the most significant landmark in the area and the building is in need of renewal. BIG propose a new breed of waste-to-energy plant, one that is economically, environmentally, and socially profitable. Instead of considering Amager Resource Center as an isolated object, we mobilize the architecture and intensify the relationship between the building and the city—expanding the existing activities in the area by turning the roof of the new Amager Resource Center into a ski slope for the citizens of Copenhagen.

The new plant establishes Amager Resource Center as an innovator on an urban scale, redefining the relationship between the waste plant and the city. It will be both iconic and integrated, a destination in itself, and a reflection on the progressive vision of the company.

Lasse Vestergård (a 22 years old LEGO fan from Denmark) have built the LEGO model in scale 1:200.

ARC is an Incinerator placed in Amager near to Copenhagen centrum. The roof of the building is an artificial ski slope, where it will be possible to ski all year round.

The geometry of the roofscape supports three slopes of different gradients. Besides the ski slope there will also be green forest areas like a real mountain, and a big climbing wall.

On the top of the slope, there will be a viewing plateau and a little café. The building is still under construction and will be finished in the end of 2018.

The walls of the building have a very characteristic net structure.

Lasse have used around 4000 LEGO Technic liftarms to build this net structure.

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

79&PARK – Finishing Touches

My LEGO model of 79&PARK is now complete and ready to be displayed in LEGO House in Billund, Denmark in April. I need to find time to take some decent photos before showing the full model.

The finishing touches included the inner courtyard which is largely based on this one photo from the project material.

The courtyard is somewhat more colorful than the roof terraces so I added a few extra colors to represent flowers including lime green and dark yellow. The main path through the courtyard is kept in light gray to match with the sidewalk.

Finally, the streets and alleys surrounding the building were designed. The site is rectangular except for one side and has streets on two sides. The greenery is taken from the below reference picture.

The streets are built in four sections corresponding to the four sides. They slide under the building and attach to each other with Technic pins. They are not attached to the building, however, which allows some flexibility to position the  building in the exact 45 degree angle.

Building the angled street was the most challenging. I ended up with a technique using rotated 1×1 bricks with stud on one side, clips and bars to ensure the right angle and distance between the sidewalk and the street as seen below.

The final street, with some splashes of dark yellow flowers.

I did experiment using some of the other part options for greenery on the final model (see previous post on greenery) but I decided to keep my initial choice using only the olive green and brown flower stem parts for trees and green and light green flowers for leaves all over the model. This gives some, but not too much, variation.

Similarly, I experimented with other grille colors for the lamellas but kept the original brown choice as it looked best. Quite possibly because I had gotten used to that color during the building process.

Stay tuned for photos of the finished model!

HUA – Hualien Residences

A LEGO model of HUA will be build by ZiO Chao, Hsinwei Chi, and Kimura Hsieh.

In the description of the building, BIG states:

Hualien is a rapidly developing city located in the middle portion of Taiwan’s East coast. TLDC, a prominent land developer based in Taipei, has recently obtained license to turn what used to be an industrial and factory region into a world class beach resort. The site is located prominently along the coast and near the intersection of two river deltas. Taiwan’s spine of    ountains can be seen to the west while the coast is to the east; Hualien city is to the north.

For the masterplan, a language of green landscape stripes is used to create a mountain landscape of commercial and residential program that reflect their natural counterparts in the background. The stripes run east-west to frame the best views while also becoming an optimal shading system for Taiwan’s hot and humid tropical climate. High glare, low angle morning and evening sun is effortlessly blocked by the stripes while favorable north-south light is allowed into the units. Green roofs further mitigate heat gain and combined with the striping create a low energy masterplan.

Our layout is in modules, it can be separated to 14 sections and doze of baseplates. Our project model is close to be completed, but now we still have some detail to modify. Our model is about 145*145*40 (cm)

79&PARK – Ending with the base

The building itself is now complete except for final corrections. Left is to build a  base for the building, the inner courtyard and the streets around the building.

Looking back, it might have been a good idea to plan and build the base of the building first (just like in real life) and think about the positioning of the wiring for the lights. It turned out to be a bit of a nightmare to build and attach the base since the building is very heavy and all facades are built with SNOT (Studs Not On Top).

The picture below shows my sketches for the base and the choice of plates. It is quite clear that it is not just a rectangular base.

To provide structural stability, the base is built as a classical “sandwich” (plate, brick, plate and tile) with Technic bricks and classic 2xX bricks in rarely used colors.

To attach the base, the building was carefully placed on the side, and plates and tiles were placed in the top layer of the base to match the underside of the building. Also, the inner courtyard part of the base was left open in order to hide the wires after attachment.

The base does not extend all the way to the edge of the building as the streets will be attached at 45 degree angle and “slide” underneath the edge.

The next step is to hide the wires in the base and build the inner courtyard on top. That will be the topic of a future blog post.

 

REN – People’s Building Shanghai

A LEGO model of REN – People’s Building Shanghai will be build by Shenghui Jiang.

In the description of the building, BIG states:

The RÉN building is a proposal for a hotel, sports and conference center for the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai. The building is concieved as two buildings merging into one. The first building, emerging from the water, is devoted to the activities of the body, and houses the sports and water culture center. The second building emerging from land, is devoted to the spirit and enlightenment, and houses the conference center and meeting facilities. The two buildings meet in a 1000 room hotel, a building for living. The building becomes the chinese sign for “The People”,  and a recognizable landmark for the World Expo in China.

Made with “LEGO Digital Designer” [LDD]

The history of construction:

I chose REN because it will be located in China. REN is a very abstract building represented by Chinese character ‘人’, which means people. Since Chinese character normally has smooth curves so that I have use white hinges to manually make it a smooth curve. White color is mostly used on the top of the building while the transparent one is used on the side which faces the river. The transparent side is full of office windows and has a great view from the inside building. This building has not yet been built but it will definitely a very iconic building in Shanghai.
Shenghui Jiang